Less stress in high schools

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Stu­dents at area high schools have been feel­ing bet­ter fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ru­ral Guid­ance Coun­sel­lor Pi­lot Project last year.

The project, which be­gan in Fe­bru­ary 2017, has seen the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board in­vest $1.8 mil­lion in spe­cial­ized pro­vin­cial fund­ing to boost guid­ance coun­sel­lor staffing at 15 ru­ral high schools, in­clud­ing Char-Lan Dis­trict High School in Wil­liamstown, Glen­garry Dis­trict High School in Alexan­dria, Tagwi Se­condary School in Avon­more and Van­kleek Hill Col­le­giate In­sti­tute.

The ini­tia­tive has meant that at least one full-time coun­sel­lor is on staff at each school dur­ing each se­mes­ter.

The pro­gram has re­ceived high marks, Su­per­in­ten­dent Ron Fer­gu­son told the board at a re­cent meet­ing.

Stu­dents have re­ported that the ex­tra guid­ance sup­port has re­duced their stress lev­els.

Staff mem­bers have said the pro­gram al­lows them to pay more in­di­vid­u­al­ized at­ten­tion to stu­dents.

York Univer­sity has helped to train staff and im­ple­ment the pro­gram which runs un­til the end of June 2019.

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