Division News Article

Ongoing need for mental health supports

February 15th, 2019

At the February 13th board meeting, Director Rob McGarva provided a Student Services Assurance Report to the board, highlighting ways in which Student Services provides support to schools and students in the division. In his report, McGarva highlighted data and examples of students who, as a result of receiving higher levels of support in their early years, require decreased levels of support in junior and senior high school.

Addressing youth mental health before it becomes mental illness is an ongoing challenge. Although PHPS continues to work with local AHS mental health offices, McGarva highlighted the need to access more specialized medical services, particularly in rural areas.

Other news from the meeting includes:

  • Transportation fees unchanged for 2019-20
  • Division’s geographic area expanded to join Swan Hills Ward – see the new attendance area map for details

Read the full board news or see the meeting agenda and minutes for more details.