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School Health

A focus on health in schools is an important part of enabling all students to reach their full potential.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit supports school boards, teachers, students and parents at 42 elementary schools and 11 high schools with health related programs and services that are congruent with the expectations of the Ontario Health and Physical Education elementary and secondary Curriculum and the Ontario Public Health Standards.

Health Promoters and Public Health Nurses are available to assist elementary and high school with implementing components of the Foundations for a Healthy School:

  • Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  • School and Classroom Leadership
  • Student Engagement
  • Social and Physical Environments
  • Home, School and Community Partnerships

Health Unit staff also provide:

  • Immunization Clinics
  • Dental Screening
  • Vision Screening
  • Food Safety Consultations and Tobacco Control

For more information about our School Health Programs and Services contact:

Immunization Clinics

All children attending school between the ages of 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to Ontario’s immunization schedule. Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in schools.  For more information see our immunization page.





Guidance Documents

Useful Resources





Ressources utiles

Everyone has the potential to come into contact with microscopic germs during interactions with people and the environment. Schools have common characteristics that include shared spaces such as washrooms and classrooms.

Link: RCDHU COVID-19: Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use

Link: RCDHU COVID-19: Infection Control in a Library Setting

Link: How to Wash Your Hands/How to Sanitize Your Hands

Link: Steps to Put on and Remove a Face Mask

Link: Steps to Put on and Remove a Cloth Mask/Face Covering


The Renfrew County and District Health Unit Dietitian works in partnership with Health Unit school contacts to promote healthy eating in schools.

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health

Link: All resources

School Lunch Your Kids Will Munch EN      FR

Healthy Schools: Linking Nutrition and Mental Well-Being


Formerly called ‘Nutrition Tools for Schools’, BrightBites is a free, non-profit program created by Registered Dietitians working in public health units across the province.

Students and teachers need to eat well to be at their best, physically and mentally. Boosting school nutrition can be challenging. BrightBites makes it easy and rewarding! Win badges, receive recognition and watch your school transform – one bite at a time.

For support to create a healthy nutrition environment in your school contact our Registered Dietitian at 613-732-3629 ext. 327



Since 2013, the Renfrew County Youth Network (RCYN) with leadership from the Renfrew County and District Health Unit has been striving towards the development, implementation and sustainability of a Renfrew County Youth Engagement Strategy. The strategy would provide a framework for decision makers and community organizations to inform decision making to meet the needs of local youth.

The report intends to provide a summary of survey feedback collected through online surveys of youth aged 12-24 years of age and RCYN members and a series of youth sharing circles hosted by RCYN members throughout Renfrew County.

Renfrew County Youth Needs Assessment Report, 2018 (English) (PDF 73 pages)

Rapport d’évaluation des besoins des jeunes du comté de Renfrew, 2018 (French) (PDF 84 pages)

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Pembroke Office

TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

Renfrew Office

TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000

Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.