Healthy Living

As part of the PVNC Catholic School Board, St. Mary communicates and encourages healthy living practices from healthy food choices to daily physical activity and positive engagement with others. Select from the following links to learn more about each topic:

Nutrition Policy

Immunization

Pandemic Planning

Head Lice

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting


Nutrition Policy

The Board's Nutrition Policy promotes the selling of foods and beverages that have maximum nutritional value, and promote positive health, growth and intellectual development. As part of the Nutrition Policy:

  • Schools promote their breakfast program.
  • Students also learn about nutrition and Canada's Food Guide through their curriculum.
  • Students can drink water throughout the day.
  • School celebrations incorporate healthy food choices, respect food allergies, Catholic observances and cultural diversity.
  • Work-related workshops and events have healthy food and beverages.
  • Food is not an incentive or reward for good behavior.
  • Safe food handling and hand washing is promoted.

Immunization

The review of immunization records is a routine process mandated by the Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1990. Students, under the age of 18, must provide proof of up-to-date immunization against: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccinations against these diseases are free, and your family doctor should not charge you for providing updated immunization records to avoid suspension from school.

For more information, please contact your family doctor or the Public Health Department in your area.

Offices are open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to serve you 

Port Hope Office:
200 Rose Glen Rd.
Port Hope, ON, L1A 3V6

Tel: (905) 885-9100
Fax: (905) 885-9551

Web: http://www.hkpr.on.ca

 Brighton Office:
Box 127, 35 Alice Street
Brighton, ON, K0K 1H0
Tel: (613) 485-0933
Fax: (613) 475-1455
Closed between noon and 1 p.m. each day


Pandemic Planning

The PVNC Catholic District School Board has developed a pandemic preparedness plan for its schools and worksites. The Board worked closely with District Health Units and the Ministries of Education and Health, as well as, its own staff federations and unions. Please visit the Board's Policies and Procedures for additional information.

Head Lice

Head lice (pediculosis) may become a school issue if nits or lice are detected on students attending school. Students having pediculosis are excluded from school for the purpose of receiving a head lice treatment, and must be lice and nit free before returning to school. Visit the Resources for Parents section of the Board website for more information.

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting

Staff is required, by law and Board policy, to report promptly any suspicion of child abuse or neglect, and the information upon which it is based, to a Children's Aid Society. As well, staff cannot call parents/guardians before calling the Children's Aid Society.

Staff receives training on child abuse and neglect on an annual basis. All employees of the Board take information about possible physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or risk of harm very seriously. Staff members are liable to a conviction or a fine if they fail to report a suspicion of a child, who is under the age of 16 years and in need of protection. If a student is 16 years or older and experiencing potential abuse or harm, employees may report their suspicion to local Police Services. Visit the Board's Policies and Procedures for additional information.