New positions in SD 8 focus on mental health and safe schools

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Mental health and safe schools have been big topics of discussion in the Kootenay Lake School District.

To that end they've hired two new positions this year to put a focus on providing greater mental health services and supports for students and staff.

Director of Instruction for Innovative Learning Ben Eaton says they've hired a Coordinator of School Mental Health and Addictions and a Manager of Safe Schools.

He says they look at it as a tiered approach to building positive school climate and culture and skill building for all, along with more targeted supports.

Eaton says they'll be having parent sessions later this year, including ones on digital literacy.