Health and Wellness

After extensive stakeholder consultation, Northern Lights Public Schools identified three division priorities, which are included in its 2017-2020 Three Year Education Plan.

Priority #3 - Northern Lights will support programs which promote a healthy lifestyle and sound mental health.

Key System Strategies for 2017-2020

  • As part of our mental health focus, Student Advocacy Counsellors are assigned to each school to provide mental health supports to students and play a key role in connecting to various external agency supports to help meet the needs of students.

  • APPLE Schools, an Innovative school-focused health promotion initiative that improves the lives of students in schools across northern Alberta through healthy eating, physical activity and mental health, is active and supported in  multiple schools in the division.

  • Comprehensive School Health promotes a framework that focuses on four main components that support the creation of healthy school communities: foundational principles, the pillars of comprehensive school health, the community development process, and shared responsibility between health and education sectors. Northern Lights Public Schools is engaged in supporting this framework.

  • The Positive Behaviour Support framework is heavily utilized in schools to build, promote and maintain a positive and functional school climate.

  • The division promotes and supports Ever Active Schools who work directly with Alberta schools supporting wellness education and comprehensive school health, building capacity through innovative project and competency-focused learning opportunities.

  • The Staff Wellness Project is utilized to ensure that every school has a wellness co-ordinator and projects supporting the health and wellness of staff.

  • Lunch/snack/breakfast programs are common in many schools. Further, NLPS continues a  nutrition program as part of Alberta Education’s “Future Ready” initiative. This program consists of high school students assisting in the preparation of lunch for elementary students. Social Economic Status data was considered when selecting the recipient school.

  • The division supports the Collaborative Response Model which is a school-wide structure that focuses on inclusion and ensures a  ollaborative response to identify and meet the individual needs of students.

To see our results for 2016-2017, please read our Combined 2016-2017 Annual Education Results Report and 2017-2020 Three-Year Education Plan.