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Back to School 2022-23: Student Supports

Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression

As an educational community we have a responsibility to identify and describe racism and oppression and then work to dismantle it. The Upper Grand District School Board is committed to disrupting systemic racism and oppression in all of its forms. We will implement ongoing mandatory anti-racism and anti-oppression training for all staff, review our protocols and policies, including our hiring practices, and be fully transparent and accountable to all Upper Grand students, staff, families, and stakeholders in an ongoing manner.

Learn more about the work the UGDSB is doing in Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression at www.ugdsb.ca/equity.

Special Education

The UGDSB has a comprehensive Special Education Plan. The Special Education Plan, which outlines the special education programs and services that the board provides to students, has been updated for the 2022-23 school year, and can be found on the board website: https://www.ugdsb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/UGDSB-Special-Education-Plan-2022-2023.pdf 

Staff working in Special Education to support student needs include the Superintendent of Education (Student Support Services), Principal of Special Education, Educational Assistants, Teachers, Special Education Resource Teachers, Program Services Special Education Consultants, Communication, Language & Speech Services staff, Itinerant Teachers (Teachers of Blind and Low Vision, Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary Inclusion Technology Coaches), Board Certified Behaviour Analysts, and Transitional Educational Assistants, and more. You can see the full list of UGDSB Special Education Staff in the 2022-23 Special Education Plan.

Mental Health and Well-Being

The UGDSB continues to build on the strong mental health supports in place for our students. UGDSB staff working to support student mental health include: our Mental Health and Addictions Lead, Psychological and Mental Health Consultants, Social Workers, Child and Youth Counsellors, Specialized Mental Health Interventionists, Itinerant Mental Health Clinicians, Board Certified Behaviour Analysts, Behaviour/Mental Health Interventionists, the Crisis Response Team, and more.  

For supports and resources for students, visit the Mental Health webpage for students