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September 11 Board Meeting
Highlights from September 11 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 09/18/2019
Board of Trustees

September 11, 2019 (Brockville, ON)Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 for the first Board meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. They discussed several agenda items. 

New Student Trustee Sworn In
Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute student Colten Kelford was officially sworn in as the Student Trustee for the 2019-20 school year. In the role, Trustee Kelford will represent the student voice in Board discussions and keep students informed about decisions affecting them. Student Trustee Kelford's term of office began on August 1, 2019 and runs until July 31, 2020. He replaces 2018-19 student trustee Bushra Khadra. 

Mental Health Strategic Plan Update
Superintendent Ron Ferguson with UCDSB Chief Psychologists Dr. David Armstrong and Dr. Alison Inglis presented an update on the Board's 2017-2020 Mental Health Strategic Plan. The plan is designed to meet four key goals:

  • Building knowledge about mental health in our students and staff;
  • Enhancing access to supports for stress and coping using evidence-based programming in all schools;
  • Ensuring appropriate levels of mental health support for our vulnerable students, and that staff and students are informed of available care; and
  • Enhancing staff, student and family access to reliable, evidence-based, and evidence-informed information and resources.

This year, the focus is on classroom programs and clarifying how to access help from community providers. School staff will implement the Everyday Mental Health in Classrooms resource in all grades, in addition to other programs in select/appropriate grades. These programs will help develop social, emotional and stress-coping skills.

All schools will be provided with materials for Wellness Bulletin Boards for staff rooms. The boards will help inform and educate staff on how to support student mental health and wellness, and provide information on how and where to access resources.

Staff will continue to train in the Supporting Minds program, which builds awareness of how students view stress and anxiety. Seventy-three per cent UCDSB principals surveyed reported using Supporting Minds techniques in student meetings, case 
conferences, or the creation of individual education plans. Staff will also continue to receive training outlined in the Board's Suicide Prevention Intervention and Risk Review protocol. 

Board Seeks Provincial Funding for Capital Projects

The UCDSB will apply for $59.3 million in capital funding under the Ministry of Education's 2019-2020 Capital Priorities Program. The application will request funds to replace Perth and District Collegiate Institute, Caldwell Street Public School and Eamer's Corners Public School, and to add classroom, childcare, or gym additions at Wellington Public School, Williamstown Public School, Westminster Public School, and South Branch Elementary School. These projects were selected based on enrollment pressure, building condition and operating costs, functional requirements such as the need for better gyms or more space, and projects arising from previous Board resolutions. The application must be submitted by September 30, and the Board should know which projects are approved within six months.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
613-342-0371 ext. 1188

John McAllister
Upper Canada District School Board

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