Special Education Plan

Lakehead School Board has worked in consultation with parents, teachers and the community to develop a comprehensive Special Education Plan.  If you have questions about policies, procedures and practices regarding exceptional students, you will want to explore this document.

Section 1 Lakehead District School Board Consultation Process

Section 2 General Model for Special Education

  • Mission Statement
  • Aims of Education
  • Special Education Service Delivery Model
  • Education Act, Charter of Rights & Ontario Human Rights Code

Section 3 Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ministry of Education
  • School Board
  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
  • Principals and Teachers
  • Parents/Guardians
  • Students

Section 4 Early Identification Process and Intervention Strategies

  • Guiding Principles for Early Learning
  • Early Identification Procedures
  • Teacher’s Role in Early Learning
  • Parent’s Role in Early Learning
  • The Referral Process
  • Programs that Support Intervention

Section 5 The Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) Process and Appeals

  • The IPRC Process/Procedure
  • The Referral Process
  • The Appeal Process
  • Special Education Tribunals
  • Special Education Guide for Parents & Students
  • Sample IPRC Format for Principals
  • Identification, Placement, and Review Committee Forms

Section 6 Educational and Other Assessments

  • Purpose of Assessment
  • Types of Assessments
  • What do Assessments Involve?
  • How are Assessments Used?
  • Protocols for Sharing Information
  • Assessment Tools
  • Authorization Form

Section 7 Specialized Health Support Services in School Setting

  • Summary of Services Provided to the School Board
  • Board Procedures
  • Community Care Access Centre Referrals
  • Eligibility
  • Case Conference/Written Care Plan
  • Evaluation
  • Plan for Continuation of Services or Discharge
  • Model of Provision of School Health Support Services

Section 8 Ministry of Education Categories & Definitions of Exceptionalities

  • Ministry Categories and Definitions of Exceptionalities

Section 9 Special Education Placements Provided by the Board

  • Ontario’s Approach to Special Education
  • Special Education Programs in Lakehead District School Board
  • An Overview of the Ministry of Education Categories of Exceptionalities
  • Lakehead District School Board Programs

Section 10 Individual Education Plan (IEP)

  • Current Regulatory and Policy Context for IEPs
  • What is an IEP?
  • Reasons for Developing an IEP
  • Implementation Plan
  • Dispute Resolution
  • The IEP Process
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Checklist of Standards for IEP

Section 11 Provincial and Demonstration Schools in Ontario

  • Programs and Services offered by Provincial and Demonstration Schools
  • Admission Procedures
  • Lakehead District School Board and Provincial Demonstration School

Section 12 Special Education Staff

  • Elementary and Secondary Special Education Staff
  • Role Descriptions

Section 13 Staff Development

  • Goals of Staff Development
  • Input and Priorities
  • Partnerships
  • Communication
  • Budget Allocation
  • Staff Development Overview

Section 14 Equipment

  • How the Board Determines if a Student Requires Individual Equipment
  • Examples of Eligible Needs
  • SEA Claims Guide

Section 15  Accessibility of School Buildings

  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Compliance

Section 16 Transportation

  • Lakehead District School Board Policies and Procedures
  • Transportation of Exceptional Students
  • Safety Criteria for Bus Operators
  • School Bus Transportation Safety Initiatives

Section 17 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

  • What is SEAC?
  • When does SEAC meet and who can attend?
  • How does SEAC Help Parents?
  • What are the Roles and Responsibilities of SEAC?
  • Who is SEAC?
  • How do I get Involved with SEAC?
  • How do I become a member of SEAC?
  • How to contact SEAC for more Information

Section 18 Coordination of Services with other Ministries and Agencies (Transitions)

  • Elementary/Secondary Transition Planning Process
  • Grade 8 Students with IEPs form

Section 19 Glossary

Section 20 Application and Referral Information

  • Special Need Programs
  • Day Treatment Program
  • Transitions Program
  • Speech/Language Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work/Attendance

Section 21 Effective Behaviour Supports

  • Effective Behaviour Supports
  • Functional Behaviour Assessments
  • Safety Plan