Health & Wellness

As part of our Catholic School Board, Monsignor Leo Cleary Catholic Elementary School communicates and encourages healthy living practices from nutritious food choices to daily physical activity and positive engagement with others. Select from the following links to learn more about each topic:

Nutrition Policy

Pandemic Planning

Protecting Anaphylactic Students

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting

Head Lice

If Your Child Is Sick


Nutrition Policy

The Board's Nutrition Policy promotes the selling of foods and beverages that have maximum nutritional value, and promote positive health, growth and intellectual development. As part of the Nutrition Policy:

  • Monsignor Leo Cleary is supported by Durham Child Nutrition Grants to provide healthy snacks to all students
  • Students also learn about nutrition and Canada's Food Guide through their curriculum.
  • Students can drink water throughout the day.
  • School celebrations incorporate healthy food choices, respect food allergies, Catholic observances and cultural diversity.
  • Work-related workshops and events have healthy food and beverages.
  • Safe food handling and hand washing is promoted.

Classroom Celebrations and Food

Please assist us in keeping classroom disruptions to a minimum.  Please do not bring or send food to school for celebrations unless you have contacted the teacher and made prior arrangements.  In light of the Ministry of Education initiatives on Healthy Schools, we encourage celebrations featuring activities rather than eating hight sugar foods.  Please help us encourage students to find other ways to celebrate.  If food is arranged to be brought in, please bring healthy food selections.  Students receive a 5 min / nourishment / refreshment  time in the morning and the afternoon.  Please help your child pack healthy snack choices.

Pandemic Planning

Our Catholic District School Board has developed a pandemic preparedness plan for its schools and worksites. The Board worked closely with the local District Health Unit and the Ministries of Education and Health, as well as, its own staff federations and unions to develop the Policy and Administrative Procedures. Please visit the Board's Policies and Procedures for additional information.

Protecting Anaphylactic Students (Sabrina's Law - Bill 3)

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. Food is the most common cause of anaphylaxis. Peanuts, milk, egg, food additives, shellfish, fish, wheat, tree nuts, soy and sesame cause 90% of serious food allergy actions. Insect stings, medicine, latex, immune therapy or exercise can also cause a reaction.

Teacher's Responsibilities

Under Sabrina's Law (Bill 3), every school must implement a School Prevention and Management Anaphylaxis Plan. The plan includes information sharing and awareness, steps for reducing risks and emergency procedures. Staff also receives anaphylaxis training on an annual basis.

Parents'/Guardians' Responsibilities

Parents/guardians must:

  • Inform the school about their child's life threatening allergies.
  • Complete an Emergency Response form.
  • Ensure their child carries an EpiPen Twinjet at all times, and provide an additional emergency EpiPen to the school.

For additional information on how our Board protects anaphylactic students, you can read our brochure, Keeping Schools Safe - Protecting Anaphylactic Students (PDF, 316 kB) or our Anaphylaxis: Reducing the Risks administrative procedure (PDF, 41 kB) accessible on the Board's website under Policies and Procedures.

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting

Staff is required, by law and Board policy, to report promptly any suspicion of child abuse or neglect, and the information upon which it is based, to a Children's Aid Society. As well, under this legislation, staff cannot call parents/guardians before calling the Children's Aid Society.

Staff receive training on child abuse and neglect on an annual basis. All employees of the Board take information about possible physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or risk of harm very seriously. Staff members are liable to a conviction or a fine if they fail to report a suspicion of a child, who is under the age of 16 years and in need of protection. If a student is 16 years or older and experiencing potential abuse or harm, employees may report their suspicion to local Police Services. Visit the Board's Policies and Procedures for additional information.