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We work together to create a dynamic, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that supports and encourages individual achievement and well-being and creates outstanding educational experiences for all our students.  

September 1 PA Day Activities

Date:  September 1, 2023

Length: Full Day

Topic 1: AM - School Improvement Planning - A renewed perspective

Host:  Each individual School

Presentor(s)/Facilitator(s):  School Administrators

Description: School teams will engage in learning and conversation as part of our system-wide inquiry into creating a renewed process to guide school improvement planning in our district.  This renewed process will focus on reaching every learner and ensuring equitable outcomes for all.  Our inquiry question, How might we engage in a holistic process that supports growth so that more meaningful and equitable outcomes for every learner are possible?, is being introduced to our educators for feedback and to guide the next steps in the development of our school improvement planning process. 

Topic 2: AM - Student Well-Being

Host:  Each individual School

Presentor(s)/Facilitator(s):  School Administrators

Description:  Using a presentation provided by School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO), administrators will lead staff through a session of learning regarding student well-being, which is a critical topic at the beginning of the school year.  Specifically, the session will focus on mental health literacy foundations, identity-affirming school mental health, early Identification & support and teaching mental health literacy.  Key SMHO resources will be explored during this session. 

Topic 3: PM- Student Safety and Violent Incident Prevention

Host:  Virtual modules 

Presentor(s)/Facilitator(s):  Modules prepared by our Health and Safety Department

Description:  All school staff will complete required health and safety training modules covering a range of topics.  Topics include: training for requirements to support students with prevalent medical conditions (includes training for administration of naloxone, defibrillator, epipen, etc.), cybersecurity, school emergency procedures, WHMIS training, workplace safety, violent incident  prevention and response, and suicide prevention and intervention.

RCDSB Comprehensive Special Education Report 2023

Special Education Plan

In accordance with Regulation 306, each school board is required, every two years, to prepare and approve a report on the special education programs and special education services provided by the board, and to submit it to the ministry. Each board is required to maintain a special education plan, to review it annually, to amend it from time to time to meet the current needs of its exceptional students, and to submit any amendment(s) to the Minister for review.

Standards for School Boards’ Special Education Plans 

Special Education Department 

Renfrew County District School Board

480 Mary Street, Pembroke, ON K0J 2A0