The Connections Program provides academic, social, behavioural and emotional support to students with moderate and intensive behaviour issues and mental health issues. Students are screened into the program by district and school-based staff, through in school and community assessments. An Individualized Education and Care Plan are written for these students and programming is oriented towards each student completing his or her individual graduation plan. Students are integrated into regular classes when appropriate, with supports and adaptations in place to assist in meeting learning outcomes.
In the Connections program individualization occurs continuously and depends on each student’s needs and readiness. There is an expectation that students will participate in individual and group counselling as teachers facilitate access to community supports including Aboriginal Services, Abbotsford Police, Impact Drug and Alcohol Counselling, Mental Health Services and programs through Abbotsford Community Services.