Comprehensive School Community Health

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

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Comprehensive 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.