Informing the School & Evaluation
Parents have the primary responsibility for their children, and therefore have an important role to play in their children’s education. Parents with children new to the Board shall apply for admission to the school in conformity with the Enrollment Policy (PDF) of the Board. If the student, about to be enrolled, has had any previous special education intervention and/or has been diagnosed by a professional(s) as having special needs, the parent is strongly encouraged to share this pertinent information with the school principal. The parent will have to provide either written copies of pertinent reports or written consent for the release of such information from outside parties in accordance with the procedures in effect in the Student Services Department. The principal shall then collect this information concerning the child’s development and forward the file to the designated school professional (usually the psychologist or guidance counsellor).
The designated professional will examine all available data (academic, medical, speech and language, behavioural, social, psychological, etc.) and may recommend, to the principal and the parents, a further evaluation. Subsequently, a case conference will be held to discuss the student in question.
Case Conference & Determination of Services
A case conference, held within the context of the ad hoc committee, shall include the school principal, the teacher(s), the parent, the student (if able to participate), the designated school professional, the special education consultant and any other Student Services Department staff members and/or external professionals as deemed appropriate for the purpose of determining the services (based on available financial resources) required for the student, the appropriate code (if applicable), and the recommended school placement. Subsequently, the principal of the school which the student will attend shall ensure that an IEP is established for the student in question. The coding process, if applicable, will take place in accordance with the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) guidelines and the procedures in effect in the Student Services Department.
In meeting our commitment for students with special needs, the integration of these students in regular classes in a setting as close as possible to their place of residence is optimal. However, if integration is not deemed appropriate to effectively meet the needs of a student, then an alternate educational setting shall be recommended, always taking into account the best interest of the student.