What is Healthy School Communities Certification?
HSCC is an initiative developed by Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea) that recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community.

By following the 6-step Healthy Schools Process schools earn points throughout the year and apply to be certified in the spring. DASH is excited to continue our pilot of this program in BC.

What Are The Priority Health Topics?
Registered schools collaboratively select a priority health topic to focus on during the school year. These include physical activity, healthy eating, mental health, substance use and growth & development. Each topic has a number of support tools and further resources providing schools with plenty of ideas for their action plan.

Why Should I Register my School?
Certified schools have reported improvements in student engagement and leadership and an increase in knowledge of the internationally recognized Comprehensive School Health framework. Further, your entire school community will be bursting with pride upon achieving certification.

This year more than ever, schools may need extra support and encouragement in promoting the health and well-being of the school community. DASH & Ophea have worked together to provide COVID-19 support tools so that any school under any learning conditions can still participate.
Congratulations to Year 1 Pilot Schools
During the 2019-2020 school year 11 BC schools registered for HSCC. Despite the challenges that COVID-19 placed upon all school communities, the 11 schools were certified as DASH Healthy School Communities in recognition of all the work they had done up until March 2020.