June 30, 2022 - Highlights from the 2022 School Climate Survey, Supporting Mental Health Over the Summer, and more.

June 30, 2022 - Highlights from the 2022 School Climate Survey, Supporting Mental Health Over the Summer, and more.
Posted on 06/30/2022

Dear Students, 

Hard to believe but we have reached the end of another school year together.  

This year may have been filled with new challenges to overcome, but it was also filled with new accomplishments, exciting milestones, and unforgettable moments of community and connection. I have been so inspired by your enduring drive to learn, and the way you have shown support for your fellow students and your teachers. You have remained committed to your studies and to making our schools better, safer, and more welcoming places to be. I am so proud of everything you have worked so hard to achieve this year. 

To those who are graduating this year, we offer our sincerest congratulations and wish you all the best in the future. To those who will be returning to school in the fall, we look forward to seeing you all soon. 

Below are just a few things we wanted to share as we head into the summer. 

Highlights from the 2022 School Climate Survey

The OCDSB’s School Climate Survey was conducted between April 4 and May 6, 2022, for students in grades 4-12. We have compiled some of the highlights of survey responses, which will help guide efforts across schools and across the district to improve school climate. A full report will be available over the summer. Read the highlights on our website.  

Supporting Mental Health Over the Summer 

Throughout the summer months, it is important to continue to take care of your mental health just as you do your physical health. Remember to use daily self care practices which can help you to stay well. The Youth Action Committee on Mental Health reviewed some of these strategies over the course of mental health week including mindfulness, movement, and gratitude. You can check them out on Instagram at ocdsb.yac.  

While school can be a great source of support, remember that there are many free, youth friendly resources in the community that you can access at any time over the summer months. Click here for a list of services available.  For more information and ideas on how to reach out for support, please explore this School Mental Health resource.  

School News

Throughout June, schools celebrated diversity during Pride Month, learning about the contributions, achievements, and histories of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and communities.

We also caught up with students in Co-Op, OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program), and SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) programs to hear about their learning pathways. And finally, we're celebrating the success of award and scholarship recipients across the District!

Visit our School News page to look back at more stories from this school year.

Wishing you all the best for a safe and happy summer, 

Camille Williams-Taylor
Director of Education 

 

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