The St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chatham-Kent and Lambton public health during a recent meeting, involving both school boards and local health units.
The school boards have a long-standing partnership with officials from both local health units, who act as advisors on health and education issues. The agreement formalizes the commitment of Chatham-Kent and Lambton public health and the school boards to work collaboratively, to positively influence the lives of children and youth.
"We greatly value our long-standing association with our public health partners and their tremendous support in the promotion of student health and wellbeing," says Dan Parr, Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.
"We understand that healthy students are better learners and education is a key determinant of health and wellbeing," says Lambton Kent District School Board Director of Education Jim Costello. "Through continued collaboration, we feel this partnership will support healthier communities."
The partnership promotes healthy school environments through strategic alignment of organizational priorities and planning, where appropriate. The Memorandum of Understanding also encourages information sharing, as well as supporting health promotion and protection initiatives for student wellbeing.
Signing the Memorandum of Understanding in the photo above are (L-R) Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health, Chatham-Kent Public Health; Jim Costello, Director of Education, Lambton Kent District School Board; Kevin Churchill, Lambton Public Health signing on behalf of Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health; and Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board.