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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
  • Advocacy for collaboration among relevant provincial ministries in relation to children and youth mental health, in-risk students and poverty reduction
  • Advocacy for a strong, accessible, responsive and equitable level of children's mental health services in Ontario
  • Advocacy 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 Addictions
  • Monitoring the Service Transformation initiative of the Comprehensive Strategy to ensure effective expansion, integration and coordination of child and youth mental health supports and services through renewed school-community agency partnerships
  • Continued focus on improving student achievement for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students and advocacy for an Ontario curriculum that contains clear expectations for every Ontario student with regards to First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education
  • Advocacy and focus on strong resources and a wide range of services for children with special needs, especially linked to early learning and monitoring of and implementation of the revised approach to High Needs Amount funding
  • Monitor and advocate for increased opportunities and supports for students with developmental disabilities
  • Continued advocacy for effective implementation of the Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten (FDK) program and before- and after-school programs
  • Advocacy 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
  • Advocacy 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

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