Report applauds RDHS as safe school

ROCKLAND | Rockland District High Scho- ol provides its students with a safe and caring environment for learning. Upper Canada District School Board trustees (UCDSB) received a positive report about Rockland District High School (RDHS) during their June 4 board meeting. The report highlighted the school as a safe and caring environment “in which teachers know their students by name” and where the welfare of students is as impor- tant as their education. “Parents have also told that their children see the school as very compassionate,” said RDHS Principal Jeff Campbell during his report summary,” meeting our students’ needs both academically and socially.” Campbell noted that school administra- tion and staff continue to work towards complete integration of the student body, through the LifeSkills program, so that all students, including those with special needs or other concerns feel at home at the school and part of the overall community. “Staff members recognize that students who learn together, learn about each other,” stated Campbell, “and become more ac-

cepting and understanding of those with different needs and challenges.” Student parent survey results included in the report indicate 94 per cent of parents are comfortable with contacting and deal- ing with school staff about any concerns or problems, and would also recommend RDHS to parents of high school-age chil- dren who have just moved to the area.

Other survey results show between 80 to 90 per cent of parents of RDHS students believe school staff“demonstrate a commit- ment to serving the needs of students and parents” and that their children are devel- oping critical thinking and problem-solving skills. UCDSB Superintendent David Coombs observed that RDHS has made “great prog-

ress” with its grades 7 to 12 programming and services. He added that more work remains in achieving greater collaboration between intermediate-level and high school teach- ers, and also in continuing to improve the school’s communications policy. Coombs noted students have suggested more on- line learning opportunities.

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The last bit of ice is gone at last in lakes and streams throughout Eastern Ontario. The OPP have a few words of advice to lo- cal boaters eager to get their craft back in the water. Check that all safety gear, including life- jackets and emergency signal equipment, is in good working condition. All on-board fire extinguishers should go through a routine maintenance check, with either replacement or refilling as needed. Replace

Everyone in a boat should wear a lifejac- ket, even at the dock. Navigation lights and running lights for boating during dusk and dawn or late evening should be checked for working order. Impaired boating is a Criminal Code of- fence with the same penalties as for impai- red driving. Transport Canada has a Safe Boating Guide available or more informa- tion is online at, or toll-free to 1-800-267-6687.

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