Our Purpose is to provide learner-centred programs that assist children and youth in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to build a healthy community. We welcome individual differences within an atmosphere of mutual respect and co-operation.
The Sunshine Coast Alternative School consists of 10 self-contained progams located at different sites. These are district programs that take both school, and self or family referrals.
Students are referred to district programs by schools when students' educational needs, emotional or behavioural difficulties prevent their home school from being able to provide an educational program. Students may self-refer when his/her educational needs require alternative paths from the regular school environment.
In addition to those staff in each of the programs the following personnel support the whole school; Special Education Teachers, Counsellors; Career Preparation Teacher; Aboriginal Education Support Teacher; Fine Arts Teacher; Administration Assistant, Office Assistant.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its Cybertip.ca program, is informing the public about an app called Communet: Student Chats & Confessions currently trending with youth in Canada. The app allows users to anonymously post comments under sections that are broken out by school name. In many cases, youth are being singled out by name in comments used for personal attacks related to appearance,
sexuality, race, threats or harassment.
We encourage parents to have an open and honest discussion with their children about cyberbullying and harassment to limit the harmful impacts of this extremely concerning online activity. If a parent/guardian becomes aware of her/his child using the app on a personal device, we highly recommend the parent/guardian discuss and advise his/her child to discontinue use of the app and remove it. Parents encountering issues with this app are also strongly encouraged to notify their child’s school to ensure those regularly intersecting with your child are attuned to any issues being faced among peers.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has also created a number of new resources for educators related to cyberbullying to address the diverse and complex nature of this type of online activity. For more information on these resources, visit Kids in the Know. We encourage everyone to get involved in addressing the issue of cyberbullying and pass on information related to these valuable resources.