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School-based services at the CISSS de la Montérégie Ouest

CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest

General information

Nurses, social workers and dental hygienists work in the schools covered by the territory of the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest providing services to children. 

Where are the services offered?

6 facilities offer these services in local schools:

How can I obtain these services? 

Call the school nurse or your local CLSC to make an appointment. 

List of services offered in schools 

Psychosocial services

Our school social workers help children who are experiencing personal, family or social problems. They offer counselling services for students, teachers and staff. 

They are trained to identify problems that affect the students’ behaviour and academic performance, including stress, thoughts of suicide, loneliness, domestic violence, or aggressive behaviour toward other children.

They lead group sessions and activities to help students develop their personal and social skills, such as conflict resolution, self-esteem, communication and mutual assistance.

School-based health services 

The objective of school-based heath services is to promote healthy lifestyle habits and to maintain or improve children’s quality of life.

The nurse providing school-based heath services has the following roles:

  • Provide nursing care: Assess the health condition, determine a therapeutic nursing plan (TNP), coordinate care and follow-up;
  • Act as support person/counsellor to school principals, staff, students and parents;
  • Act as liaison with other professionals at the CISSS and the community organizations to maximize the impact of the various partners’ actions;
  • Educate the children and school staff.

Wellness, health promotion and prevention

  • Participate in planning, updating or revising the prevention objectives outlined in the school’s educational project and success plan in a comprehensive, concerted manner.
  • Collaborate on drafting and implementing various policies (e.g., healthy eating).
  • Collaborate on implementing prevention and health promotion initiatives.

Prevention of infectious diseases 

  • Confirm cases of infectious diseases and issue the necessary recommendations.
  • Train and support the individuals designated by the school to perform lice checks.
  • Ensure the application of the infectious disease response plan, including lice, by the school team.
  • Coordinate and annually carry out preventive immunizations as per the Québec Immunisation Program.

Individual preventive services

  • Perform health checks on students and refer them to other resources, as needed, e.g., pharmacist, doctor, mental health professional, dental hygienist, nutritionist, etc.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of a disease or health problem using screening tools and perform follow-ups.
  • Offer the services typically available at a youth clinic.

Physical health problems and regular services

  • Monitor the students’ general health condition and consult with school staff.
  • Develop emergency response plans for individual students that school staff can apply as needed (e.g., severe allergy, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.).
  • Develop and follow up on a therapeutic nursing plan for children with complex health problems.
  • Help to assess first aid plans and provide support in emergency situations.

Complex or chronic health problems

  • Oversee nursing care provided by school staff (training, support and skills upgrading), e.g., medication, tube feeding.
  • Work with the school staff on individualized service plans (IEP and TEVA).