For Immediate Release - June 19, 2020
The Upper Grand District School Board is offering a number of supports for students and families throughout the summer months.
Summer supports and courses for students are available, including mental health supports, courses for students with Autism, and transition supports for students with complex special education needs or mental health needs.
Summer Mental Health Supports
This summer, the UGDSB will be providing continuity of care for students with significant mental health needs. Mental health support staff will be providing individual virtual support to students currently on caseload with our staff and who would benefit from regular mental health support over the summer.
Summer Programs: Supports for Students with Autism
The UGDSB is offering a variety of courses this summer to support students in our board who have a diagnosis of Autism and their families. These courses are all being offered online during the summer months. Each of these courses has live lessons with online resources followed by activities for participants to complete offline.
The deadline to apply to all but one of these courses (the PEERS Program) is July 3, 2020.
The deadline to apply to the PEERS program is June 26, 2020, at 4 p.m.
High Risk Transition Supports
The board will be providing funds to support both individual and small group transitional support for students with complex special education needs and students who have significant mental health needs, K-12. This summer program is intended to be live, in person, and as such, the viability of this program will depend on the status of Ontario and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph orders and restrictions.
Transition planning will be done in collaboration with board staff, school staff, parents/guardians and community partners, where appropriate. Transitions will be taking place in the last two weeks of August. They are intended to support our most at risk youth (K-12) who would benefit from additional special education and mental health support prior to the beginning of the school year, as a way of improving a student’s successful return to school.
About the Upper Grand District School Board
The Upper Grand District School Board
serves approximately 35,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. The UGDSB covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories. Student success is the goal of over 4,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners.
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