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 Mental Health and Well-Being During Covid-19

We care about the range of emotions and questions students of all ages may be experiencing in this uncertain and unprecedented time of the Covid-19 pandemic and changes within schools and society. The change in routines and feelings of having to have social distances from peers, educators and other important caregivers may cause some distress. However, this time offers an opportunity to strengthen our resilience and pay greater attention to our well-being.

 Supports for our Students

Returning to school after many months away may require time to address the social and emotional needs of students as well as continue to provide ongoing support to students who need it.

We have taken an active role in supporting students’ mental health and well-being. Building relationships and connections, offering support and building capacity of school-based staff will help ease the transition the back to school and help meet the needs of students.

Also we have the following that would help them feel more comfortable at school:

  • having a relaxing and calming space to go to in the school if feeling overwhelmed
  • support for re-developing school routines
  • support with social emotional learning skills
  • additional information to support their mental health and well-being, and the support of our Success Coach Maryama Addow and the Administrative Staff

 Literacy and Numeracy  

We have a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy at John D. Bracco School. We know that the more students read, the better their writing becomes, and we are targeting skills needed to be successful on the Provincial Achievement Tests that all students write at the end of their Grade 9 year.