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The Whole Child & Student Well-Being

​​Our Vision

OPSBA believes that improving student achievement and student engagement is directly linked to ensuring that we work collaboratively for the social, emotional, mental and physical well-being of all children and youth.

The Focus of our Advocacy

  • Active participation in processes to implement Ontario’s renewed vision for education 
  • Advocate for collaboration among relevant provincial ministries in relation to children and youth mental health, in-risk students, and poverty reduction 
  • Continue leadership and advocacy for social justice, equity and inclusion for all students in our member school boards 
  • Advocate for a strong, accessible, responsive and equitable level of children’s mental health services in Ontario 
  • Advocate for sustained funding to support mental health leaders and the ASSIST program in years 4 to 10 of the Comprehensive Provincial Strategy on Mental Health and Addiction
  • Continue provision of input and feedback to the Ministry of Education regarding the content, measurement and implementation of the Ministry's Well-Being Strategy 
  • Monitor the Service Transformation initiative of the Comprehensive Strategy to ensure effective expansion, integration and coordination of child and youth mental health and special needs supports and services through renewed school-community agency partnerships
  • Monitor and advocate for increased opportunities, supports and coordinated services for students with developmental disabilities and special needs with a focus on early intervention to maximize learning outcomes for students 
  • Continue to advocate for effective Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) and before-and-after-school programs 
  • Advocate for creating positive school climates for learning and working
  • Continue to advocate for equitable and diverse learning opportunities to support the varied needs of students
  • Monitor issues related to technology/social media that pose risks and provide opportunities for students
  • Advocate for increased and sustained collaboration among school boards, student trustees, community agencies and municipal governments to ensure effective approaches in supporting children and youth 
  • Ensure strong school board participation in and contribution to the next steps in implementing the recommendations of the provincial government’s Community Hubs Strategic Framework and Action Plan
  • Explore policy implications with other education stakeholders of the impact on students of pending federal legalization of marijuana in summer 2018 

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