This guide has been designed to answer your questions about the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC), and to set out for you the procedures involved in identifying a student as “exceptional”, deciding the student’s placement, or appealing such decisions if you do not agree with the IPRC. If you have additional questions, please contact the principal at your child’s school.
The Committee may discuss any proposal for Special Education Programming or Services for your child and shall discuss any such proposal at your request. (or at the request of your child if the child is 16 years of age or older).
Please ask questions and join in the discussion.
Where regular class placement with Special Education Services:
regular class placement will be considered before placing your child in a Special Education Program.
After all information has been presented and following discussions, the Committee will make its recommendations.
Regulation 181/98 requires that all School Boards set up Identification, Placement, and Review Committees (IPRCs).
An IPRC is composed of at least three persons, appointed by the Board, one of whom must be a Principal or Supervisory Officer of the Board.
The IPRC will:
The Education Act defines an Exceptional Student as… “a pupil whose behavioral, communicational, intellectual, physical, or multiple exceptionalities are such that he or she is considered to need placement in a Special Education Program…”. Students are identified according to the Categories and Definitions provided by the Ministry of Education and Training. (A copy of these can be made available by the Principal of your child’s school.)
A Special Education Program is defined in the Education Act as an educational program that:
Special Education Services are defined (in the Education Act) as… “the facilities and resources, including Special Education Support Personnel (SESPs) and equipment, necessary for developing and implementing a Special Education Program.”
An IEP is an Individual Education Plan developed (in consultation with Parents and the student, where the student is 16 years of age or older) for each student who has been identified as exceptional by the IPRC process. The development of an IEP will consider the recommendations of IPRC and Special Education Tribunals regarding programs and services. It must include:
The IEP must be completed within 30 days of your child’s placement in the program. The IEP will be placed in the student’s Ontario Student Record (OSR) and you will be sent a copy. An IEP may be developed for students who have not been formally identified as “exceptional”.
For more information on IEP, please refer to the IEP Resource Guide (at your child’s school).
Parents can assist with the development of the IEP by:
The Principal of your child’s school:
Within 15 days of receiving your request, or giving you notice, the Principal will provide you with a copy of this guide and a written statement of approximately when the IPRC will meet.
Regulation 1881/98 entitles Parents (and pupils 16 years of age and older):
Who else may attend?
At least 10 days in advance of the meeting, the Chair of the IPRC will provide you with written notification of the meeting and an invitation to attend the meeting as an important partner in considering your child’s placement. this letter will notify you of the date, time, and place of the meeting, and it will ask you to indicate whether you will attend.
Before the IPRC meeting occurs, you will receive a written copy of any information about your child that the Chair of the IPRC has received. This may include the results of assessments and a summary of information.
If you are unable to make the scheduled meeting, you may:
The Chair introduces everyone and:
The IPRC will review all available information about your child.
The IPRCs written Statement of Decision will state:
You will receive a copy of the Statement of Decision. If you agree with the IPRC decision, you will be asked to sign the Statement of Decision.
If the IPRC has identified your child as an Exceptional Student, and you have agreed with the IPRC identification placement decision, the Chair of the IPRC will promptly notify the Principal at your child’s school of the need to develop and Individual Education Plan (IEP) for your child.
No IPRC decision regarding placement can be implemented unless:
One the child has been placed in a Special Education Program, can the placement be reviewed?
An IPRC Review Meeting will be held every school year, unless the Principal of the school at which the Special Education Program is being provided receives written notice from you, the parent, dispensing with the Annual Review. You may request an IPRC Review meeting any time after your child has been in a Special Education Program for 3 months.
What does the IPRC Review consider?
The IPRC Review considers the same type of information that was considered for your child’s previous identification and placement. In addition, the review will consider the progress your child has made in relation to his/her IEP. The IPRC will review the current placement and identification and decide whether they should be continued or changed.
If you do not agree with either the identification or placement decision made by the IPRC, you may:
If you do not agree with the decision after the second meeting, you may file a Notice of Appeal within 15 days of your receipt of the decision.
Parents are required to:
The Appeal Process involves the following steps: The Board will establish a Special Education Appeal Board to hear your appeal. The Appeal Board will be composed of three persons (one of whom is to be selected by you, the parent) who have no prior knowledge of the matter under appeal.
The Chair of the Appeal will arrange a meeting to take place at a convenient time and place, but not later than 30 days after he or she has been selected (unless Parents and Board both provide written consent to a later date).
The Appeal Board will receive the material reviewed by the IPRC and may interview any persons who may be able to contribute information about the matter under appeal. You, the parent, and your child if he or she is 16 years of age or older, are entitled to be present at, and to participate in, all discussions.
The Appeal Board must make its recommendation within 3 days of the meeting ending. It may:
Within 30 days of receiving the Appeal Board’s written Statement, the Board will decide what action it will take with respect to the recommendations (Boards are not required to follow the Appeal Board recommendation).
Parents may accept the decision of the Board, or may Appeal to a Special Education Tribunal. You may request a hearing by writing to the Secretary of the Special Education Tribunal. Information about making an application to the Tribunal will be included with the Appeal’s Board decision.
Who should parents contact for more information? Parents are encouraged to contact the Principal of their child’s school for additional information.If parents require further clarification the Principal will direct them to appropriate system personnel.
What organizations are available to assist parents?
The Ministry of Education and Training operates provincial and demonstration schools throughout Ontario for deaf, blind, deaf-blind, and severely learning-disabled students, as well as those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Residential programs are offered at the schools Monday to Friday, for students who live too far from school to travel daily.
Demonstration schools for English speaking students with severe learning disabilities and for students with learning disabilities in association with ADHD.
350 Dundas Street W
Belleville, ON K8P 1B2
347 Ontario Street S
Milton, ON L9T 3X9
1090 Highbury Ave
London, ON N5Y 4V9
Schools for the Deaf
Ernest C. Drury School
255 Ontario Street S
Milton, ON L9T 2M5
TTY (905) 878-7195
1090 Highbury Ave
London, ON N5Y 4V9
Sir James Whitney School
350 Dundas Street W
Belleville, ON K8P 1B2
School for the Blind and Deaf-Blind
W. Ross Macdonald School
350 Brant Ave
Brantford, ON N3T 3J9
Francophone school for the Deaf and for those with learning disabilities
281 rue Lanark
Ottawa, ON K12 6R8
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