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Elementary School Toolkit: Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing: School Connectedness

The purpose of this resource is to provide educators and parents with strategies to increase students’ sense of connectedness and belonging to their school community. Strategies target multiple levels of influence including students’ and parents’ attitudes and knowledge, classroom and school level social and physical environments as well as school policies.


Highlights of Toolkit

  • Evidence for Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing - (bientôt en français)
  • Curriculum related activities that can be used in the classroom and school to enhance a student's sense of belonging and connectedness
  • Activities to support school and classroom leadership and student engagement
  • School level initiatives to create supportive environments

Educators are encouraged to review the resources and choose content that is appropriate and applicable to their specific class and school community. 

Table of Contents

Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

School & Classroom Leadership

Student Engagement

Social & Physical Environments

Home, School & Community Partnerships

Contact Us

  • To contact the School Health Team at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, please call 519-663-5317 ext. 9010 or email

Healthy Schools Toolkit - Promoting Connectedness

Foundations for a Healthy School

Foundations for a Healthy School

Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014. Reproduced with permission.


Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

For the Classroom




Network of Support:


Educator Professional Development

Educator Strategies

School and Classroom Leadership

Student Engagement

Social and Physical Environments

Home, School & Community Partnerships

Date of creation: September 25, 2017
Last modified on: November 30, 2023