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(Canada) AB: 'More kids are coming to school with ADHD, anxiety disorders...'

Dec 28, 2017, (Canada) Calgary Herald: School survey asks Alberta principals how they stretch limited resources http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/school-survey-asks-alberta-principals-how-they-stretch-limited-resources Principals are being asked to fill out the anonymous surveys asking how they balance tight school budgets, which often force them to choose between special-needs assistants, school psychologists, librarians, music teachers or increased janitorial services. … Last year, the first time the survey was conducted, principals voiced serious concerns around limited funding and not being able to meet student needs, particularly kids facing stress and poverty at home or those challenged by special learning needs. The first of its kind in Alberta, entitled Levelling the Playing Field: A Comprehensive Resource Audit of Alberta Schools, the April 2017 report found principals expressed an alarming level of worry for student mental health and limited resources to help them. … Within that survey, principals — some of whom defied direction by their district not to respond — painted a picture of stress, anxiety, drug use and self-harm among students, as well as families struggling in an unrelenting economic downturn. Examples of direct quotes pulled from principal responses included: “More kids are coming to school with ADHD, diagnosed and not yet diagnosed, anxiety disorders, psychological effects from . . . abuse, trauma and other family issues. Kids are exposed to, and are even doing, drugs at an alarming rate.”Kids are suicidal and self-harming . . . we could easily employ a counsellor two to three days per week. Yet, educational assistants are being cut back more and more.”…