Background To Checkered Flags

The Student Support Leadership Initiative was created through a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in 2008 to 2013. This initiative was developed to foster leadership within and across school boards and community agencies to enhance local partnerships to better meet the needs of students and families through collaborative planning, coordination and referrals. This initiative was in response to changes to the safe school provisions of the Education Act and is in line with A Shared Responsibility, Ontario’s Policy Framework for Child and Youth Mental Health.

The goals identified by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services are:

  • Improved understanding
  • Improved joint decision-making processes
  • Improved access to existing services/supports for students and their families

The Steering Committee wanted to help share expertise, maximize local resources, and develop a tool that would support collaboration and joint planning. A working sub-committee of the SSLI Steering Committee was established to develop a “Checkered Flags” guide that could be used within agencies and schools across the eight counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and Prescott-Russell.

 “Checkered Flags – Everyone’s Responsibility” is designed to assist professionals in responding effectively to the students that we all care about, to promote a collaborative approach within our community and to increase the level of awareness and access to effective supports and services.

Thank you especially to Kathy O’Brien and to the many, many individuals and organizations who have contributed to the creation of the content of this website.


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