Health and Well-Being

At Durham District School Board (DDSB) we are committed to keeping our students healthy in both body and mind. We can provide you with mental health and wellness initiatives and crisis support as well as information to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Positive School Climates

Learn about our Positive School Climates initiatives that aim to create positive school environments.

Students with Medical Conditions

It is vital that the school is aware of any students with medical conditions so staff are able manage a medical emergency appropriately. Many students require emergency medication to be administered at school. In order for staff to administer emergency medication to students, certain forms must be completed by the student's prescribing physician each school year. All forms expire on June 30 and new forms must be completed and signed by the prescribing physician. The new form(s) and student's medication should be brought to the main office the week prior to the start of the new school year; please avoid waiting until the first days of school when it is often chaotic and very busy in the office. Forms related to specific medication requirements can be found below. 

Administration of Medication by Injection (i.e. Epipen)

Administration of Oral Medication (i.e. inhaler, Benadryl)

Student Allergy Management Plan (i.e. anaphylactic)

Mental Health

Durham District School Board (DDSB) considers well-being and positive mental health fundamental to student achievement. Students and/or their caregivers are encouraged to reach out to someone at school if they are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. Support and Crisis Lines are also available.

Visit the DDSB website for additional resources for mental health and wellness.

Crisis Help and Support Lines

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) wants to ensure that you have the resources you need to handle a crisis. Our students can experience a crisis in many ways, including:

  • Bullying
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • Sexual assault
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Depression

Visit the DDSB website for a listing of available crisis support resources.