Each school has a Diverse Learning coordinating teacher. These teachers are assigned to support students who may have different needs. Through a referral process, students with diverse learning needs are identified and support is put in place to assist them. Parents/guardians who would like support for their child’s diverse learning needs are encouraged to contact their school principal.
Calgary & Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery
Calgary and Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) takes an integrated, family-centered approach to meeting the needs of children and youth. Professionals from the fields of healthcare, human services and education will work closely with you and your child to ensure that the best services are provided for your child’s needs.
Calgary and Area RCSD is part of the provincial RCSD initiative. The ministries of Health, Human Services and Education work together to provide supports and services across the system. RCSD is a regional partnership between all school authorities, Alberta Health Services, Ministry of Human Services and other stakeholders.
- What supports are available?
Within the Calgary Catholic, the RCSD services include rehabilitation services – speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as emotional-behavioral supports – family-school liaison, C.O.P.E. (Community Outreach of Pediatrics and Psychiatry in Education) and mental health services.
- How are services accessed?
The district’s Instructional Services department has integrated RCSD services into the existing structures already provided for meeting the health-related learning needs of students with diverse learning needs. A student’s school is the gateway to all services and the first step in the process. The school, through a referral process and sometimes working with district and RCSD personnel, will determine a student’s needs and eligibility for these supports. For specific inquiries, please contact the school. For general inquiries, please contact CCSD Diverse Learning Supervisor at 403-500-2474.
Human Sexuality Curriculum
The information on the teaching of human sexuality in grades 4-6 and grades 7-9 is available in the following handbooks. They are provided to assist you in talking with your child about sexuality issues and with information regarding the human sexuality curriculum.
My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource
This resource is available to help parents/legal guardians better understand what their children are learning at school, how they might be assessed and what resources are available to help them learn. Developed in consultation with the Alberta School Councils’ Association, the Fédération des parents francophones de l’Alberta and with parents across the province, this resource provides information in plain language for every subject and grade level.
Parents/legal guardians looking for a short summary of their children’s grade can access the “At a Glance” documents featured on the home page of the resource. The “Customize Your Printout” option allows parents to select the information they wish to print and places the information in a printable document. This feature is especially helpful for parents of high school students because it allows parents/legal guardians to customize a document according to their teen’s timetable and to use when talking to teachers about what their child is learning at school.
School Resource Officers
The Calgary Police Service, in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District, have 21 School Resource Officers (SROs) who work in junior and senior high schools. They help create a safe and healthy learning environment for our youth. As mentors and role models to the students, they are available to help teens with everyday problems they may face, such as peer pressure, drugs, bullying, youth gangs and property crimes. Sometimes just talking with an officer can help resolve a situation before it becomes a serious problem.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth. It is important to identify risk factors that may be contributing and recognize the warning signs of suicide ideation. Suicide prevention strategies should target the risk factors. If you are concerned about your child’s safety, please contact the Distress Centre at 403-266-4357.