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Supporting Our Youth 

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Welcome to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s "Supporting Our Youth" website.

At the OCDSB we are committed to providing learning and working environments where all individuals feel safe, valued, respected, and welcome. A safe and caring learning community is one that takes a holistic approach to learning and academic achievement through the infusion of character education and opportunities for character development, respect for diversity, parent and community partnerships, and citizenship development. The fundamental building blocks to a safe and caring school community are the relationships and partnerships between administrators, staff, parents, students and the community. It is through these relationships and partnerships that all individuals in the school community have the opportunity to practice and model to one another the character attributes that are at the foundation of our board operations.

Seeking to foster further dialogue and make resources more readily available, the OCDSB has developed this site for students, parents, staff and community members. Intended to focus on mental health, anti-bullying and safe schools, this site will grow and evolve as we learn more about the issues facing our school communities and create new innovative solutions and resources. 

If you or someone you know needs helps you can always call one of the following 24 hour help lines:

- Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914 (within Ottawa) or 1-866-996-0991 (outside of Ottawa)
- Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region: 613-238-3311
- Youth Services Bureau Crisis Line: 613-260-2360 (within Ottawa) or 1-877-377-7775 (eastern Ontario)
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868


 What Ottawa Public Health wants you to know about Fentanyl and overdoses


Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Ottawa Police Service have issued an alert to warn residents about counterfeit prescription medications found in the city. It is suspected that counterfeit drugs found in Ottawa have been involved in recent life-threatening overdoses.  At the school district, we work with our community partners to better understand these issues and to share information with parents and students about drug use prevention and community resources and supports. 

We encourage parents, students and community members to be informed. More information about counterfeit pills, overdose prevention, naloxone and local treatment resources can be found at

Parent Information Sessions:

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has been working with Rideauwood Addictions and Family Counselling, Ottawa Public Health, and Ottawa Police Services to organize parent evenings at several of our school locations.

We know that the more information you have, the better equipped you are to parent.

The sessions will be held on:

Wednesday, March 8 - Earl of March Secondary School at 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 9 - Glebe Collegiate Institute at 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22 - Longfields Davidson Heights SS at 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 - Gloucester High School at 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

These presentations will focus on opioids and opioid overdose, followed by a marketplace of community resources. Parents will also have an opportunity to speak directly to Public Health nurses, Rideauwood counsellors and Ottawa Police.

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