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Student Wellness and Well-being

In order for all youth to learn, to be engaged and to be responsible community members, it is important that they feel safe and supported at school and in their communities.


1. Comprehensive School Community Health

The Comprehensive School Community Health approach allows for families, students and communities to work together to support students’ learning by making sure that their school has a healthy environment.

There are four pillars that provide a basis for school community health:

  1. High-quality teaching and learning
  2. A healthy physical and social environment
  3. Family and community engagement
  4. Effective policy.

The Comprehensive School Community Health also places importance on:

The Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) is a partnership of governments from across Canada, working together to promote the wellbeing and achievement of children and youth in the school setting.  The JCSH offers tools and toolkits, reports and resources to support schools and community members to address specific topics such as mental health or youth engagement or to share their success with others across the country.

To learn more about the Joint Consortium for School Health and to access their resources, please visit their website.

Saskatchewan School Health Coordinators Contact Information:  

Naomi Shanks
Health Promotion Unit
Primary Health Services Branch
Ministry of Health

Anna Grumbly
Student Supports Unit
Student Achievement and Supports Branch
Ministry of Education

Jocelyn MacLeod
Student Supports Unit
Student Achievement and Supports Branch
Ministry of Education


2. Caring and Respectful Schools

It is important that all schools provide a caring, respectful and safe environment where students are able to learn without any form of bullying or violence.

The Caring and Respectful Schools framework is available to help teachers and administrators create safe classrooms and schools.


3. Anti-Bullying

Resources are available to support teachers and administrators address concerns with bullying in schools.

Bullying Prevention Model

The Caring and Respectful Schools Bullying Prevention Model is available to schools and school divisions. 

This manual explains the Bullying Prevention Model by:

  • Providing an outline on the rights of children and youth;
  • Describing the different forms of bullying; and
  • Explaining how to appropriately handle instances of bullying.

Learn more about bullying, available resources and Saskatchewan's Action Plan to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying.


4. Gender and Sexual Diversity

It is important that all Saskatchewan schools provide safe and inclusive environments for students who identify as gender and/or sexually diverse. Deepening the Discussion: Gender and Sexual Diversity is a resource to help school divisions, teachers and education professionals better understand and support students who are gender and/or sexually diverse. The resource also provides teaching resources and information for administrative uses. 

This resource supports the Ministry of Education policy statement: Student Alliances for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Saskatchewan Schools


5. Healthy Foods for School

Schools play an important role in encouraging healthy eating. Children learn about nutrition at school and they often eat or buy meals and snacks at school. This Healthy Foods for My School guide helps schools choose and provide healthy food and beverage options for students. It includes information on food groups, nutrition standards and how to read food labels.

The Healthy Foods for my School poster is a visual support resource to the Healthy Foods for my School Guide; both can help in selecting healthier food and beverage options to serve in schools.


6. Teaching Students with Additional Needs

The Ministry of Education provides leadership across the PreK-12 education sector to assist educators in utilizing instructional approaches and strategies that are adaptable and diverse to provide appropriate learning experiences, challenges and supports to all students.


Access more information and a list of supports for learning resources


7. Child Abuse Prevention Education

The Child Abuse Prevention Education and Response Policy Statement supports school divisions to implement a comprehensive approach to preventing and responding to child abuse.  This approach will ensure:

  • students develop the skills necessary to lead a safe and healthy lifestyle;
  • school personnel are supported in the identification and reporting of child abuse; and,
  • families, guardians and school personnel are linked to healing supports.

To support teaching and professional development within school divisions, the Ministry of Education has provided a list of print and web-based resources on the curriculum website.  For teachers, the learning resources can be sorted by grade level and by curriculum outcome.  Resources can also be filtered by content; for example, sexual abuse and exploitation.

To support the identification and reporting of child abuse, please refer to The Saskatchewan Child Abuse Protocol and the accompanying online training module, Saskatchewan Duty to Report.

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