Less stress in high schools
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.