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Board Refreshes Commitment to Serving Section 23 Students

UCDSB Has Secured Service Providers for September 2016

(Brockville) – The Upper Canada District School Board will continue to provide Section 23 programming support to students in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville in the coming school year.

Director Stephen Sliwa said Thursday the board has refreshed its commitment by recently securing a partnership with Open Doors for Children and Youth for Lanark and Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville to provide Section 23 educational therapeutic services for its current students. Section 23 serves the needs of students who require specialized programming due to issues related to behaviour and mental health. The new partnership has been established after the Cordick Education and Treatment Program announced in February it would discontinue this service. Cordick will provide treatment programming for the board until the end of this school year.

“Our school district continues to work very hard to earn and maintain the trust of the public in our efforts to serve everyone’s child, including children with high needs that require different support and care,” said Sliwa on Thursday. “We are pleased that the school district was able to identify new community partners for this program so that we could fully comply with timelines and requirements set by the provincial Ministry of Education that ended on March 30 th .”

“Our new partnership has been established after careful consideration of the educational needs of our students. This decision was taken in consultation with community agencies to ensure stable, quality service to students requiring this important programming. Throughout this process we have provided ongoing correspondence to parents, and worked with different Ministries to draw upon their expertise, all with goal of assuring our communities that we have the necessary services in place to support and care for our Section 23 students for September 2016.”

Posted: May 5, 2016

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