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School District 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap is piloting the Open Parachute Program

Mental health and students

A new program is designed to help students with their mental health.

School District 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap is piloting the Open Parachute Program now through June.

Open Parachute is a Canadian online wellbeing program designed to support the mental health of students from Grades 6-12, their parents and teachers.

Open Parachute lessons cover several core topic areas, with appropriate lessons for every age group, compromised of video stories, exercises and discussions.

Carol-Ann Leidloff, director of instruction said the program will be available to all teachers in the district who teach students in grades 6-12 as part of the physical health education program.

“The lessons are easy for teachers to prepare and deliver, the videos are relevant and engaging for students, and I really like the supports available for parents. It is important to support our students’ mental wellbeing at all times, and especially during these challenging times. This is one more tool for our teachers,” said Leidloff.

The program also has resources for parents to provide them with tools for reinforcing student wellness at home.



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