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  • Jul 26, 2017
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    Comprehensive School Community Health

    ​​Better Health = Better Learners; Health and Education are interdependent

    CSCH.pngComprehensive School Community Health (CSCH) works to support improvement in students' educational outcomes while addressing school community health in a planned, integrated, and holistic way.  CSCH enhances what already happens in the classroom and motivates the whole school community through actions that encompass four integrated components providing a strong foundation for school community health. 

    What does Comprehensive School Community Health do?

    • Recognizes that healthy children and youth learn better and achieve more.
    • Understands that schools can directly influence students' health and behaviours.
    • Encourages healthy choices, and promotes students' health and well-being.
    • Incorporates health and wellness into all aspects of teaching and learning.
    • Links and aligns health and education issues and opportunities.
    • Thrives with the participation, support and engagement of families and the whole community.

     

    Goals of CSCH:

    • to promote health and wellness;
    • to provide equitable opportunities that address disparities and contribute to academic success;
    • to intervene to assist vulnerable children and youth;
    • to help support those who are already experiencing poor health; and,
    • to prevent specific diseases, disorders, and injury.

    2012-2013 Pilot Project

    In the 2012-2013 school year, GSSD had two CSCH-based pilot projects in place at Melville Comprehensive School (MCS) and Victoria School in Kamsack. 

    MCS had a very successful implementation in the Grade 7 classrooms.  They implemented a morning physical education and breakfast program which is showing positive results in areas such as decreased bullying, increased homework completion and decreased attendance issues. 

    Watch Shining a Spotlight on Success: Good Spirit SD Melville Comprehensive School to learn more about the CSCH initiative. This video was developed by the Government of Saskatchewan.

     

    Having previously been designated a Community School, Victoria School had many of the programs and initiatives in place to support CSCH.  Being a PreKindergarten to Grade 4 school, they have unique challenges not faced by a high school.  Victoria school is also an "inMotion" school that has various student activities.   For more information on the Health Promoting Schools Program as well as integration of CSCH in a school, click here to visit their website.

    Other schools throughout the division are now also looking into how the tenants of CSCH can be used in their specific school community.  If you have any questions, contact Donna Kriger, Deputy Director of Education, by phone at 306-786-5504 or by email to donna.kriger@gssd.ca.