Greater St. Albert Catholic School Division uses a positive behaviour support approach that focuses on the development of socially responsible and respectful behaviour by all students.
A range of supports is available for students who struggle with emotional, social, behavioural, or mental health challenges. These supports include school-based counseling, academic support, positive behaviour support and safety plans, risk/threat assessments, and suicide risk assessments, as well as consultation from Division specialists and regional partners.
The Division coordinates regional wrap-around processes, and district professionals, who are dedicated to mental health services, are members of a regional community of practice.
Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools has adopted a pyramid support framework for supporting positive behaviour and pursuing excellence in learning in all students.
The pyramid features three levels of support:
- Level 1: Universal Supports are for ALL students in a school or a classroom.
- Level 2: Targeted Supports assist students who require extra support, which is delivered in a group setting, to build the skills they need.
- Level 3: Intensive Individualized Supports are for those students who require complex, specialized, or significant specific supports.
For more information on Social-Emotional Support Programming, please contact your school.
Mental Health Capacity Building Program
Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools received the Mental Health Capacity Building Initiative (MHCB) grant from Alberta Health Services for the 2019-2021 school years.
This grant was designated for the communities of Legal and Morinville. The grant funds support several specific schools within our division, including Morinville Community High School, École Georges H. Primeau Middle School, École Notre Dame Elementary School, Legal School, and the brand-new St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy.
The MHCB team - known as GSACRD VOICE - consists of a program manager and three wellness coaches. Together, they provide mental health education, prevention, and promotion that is focused on:
- coordinating programming outside class time;
- providing presentations around mental health and well-being;
- engaging students in learning about their mental health;
- providing referrals to different resources within the community; and
- engaging parents through coffee talk groups and evening presentations.