Identification of Student Needs
The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board endeavours to deliver Special Education Services to allow students to benefit from a range of services in keeping with the Board’s Program Principles. We believe all students can learn, and that early intervention is critical in supporting student success. This belief guides the Board’s approach to the education of students who have special needs. The education programs for these students must be sensitive to the individuals’ strengths and learning needs.
The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB) is committed to providing a wide range of programs to assist students. These programs include early identification of learning needs, appropriate teaching strategies, materials to support programs, ongoing assessment, in-service to appropriate personnel, and communication with parents and students.
What action is taken should a child require special help?
Curriculum or school programs should provide an opportunity for each child to achieve the greatest potential of which he or she is capable. Basic skills needed for a student's continuing education must be available to all.
When issues or difficulties arise, the school takes action to assist the student. Should these difficulties persist and the parent(s) / guardian(s), student and/or school have concerns about achievement, parents and teachers must discuss the situation and share all reports related to the pupil's progress and program.
Accommodation and Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Frequently, the regular classroom teacher can provide the necessary changes in program and strategies to achieve the required result without developing an Individual Education Plan (IEP). If these changes do not help the student experience success, the principal, in conjunction with the parents, will seek programming assistance from the school-based resources including the classroom teacher(s) and Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT).
Based on relevant assessments, this team may determine that an IEP should be developed and make suggestions for accommodations, curriculum modifications, or alternate programming based on the student's needs and may request the involvement of Special Education Services support staff, e.g., Special Education Consultants, Psychological Services, Attendance and Counselling, Speech and Language Services.
Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC)
To ensure that each student has the support and resources necessary to be successful and to reach his or her full potential, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board students would be identified through an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) in the following circumstances:
- The student has a developmental disability and is being placed in a Learning and Life Skills class
- The student qualifies for gifted programming
- The student is being placed in a Provincial or Demonstration School
- The parents/guardians have requested the IPRC meeting in writing to the principal
The IPRC meets and decides if a student should be identified as an exceptional pupil and, if so, the placement that will best meet the student’s needs.
The IPRC will:
- review relevant information about the student describe the student’s strengths and needs
decide whether or not the student should be identified as an exceptional pupil
- identify the area(s) of the student’s exceptionality(ies), according to the categories and definitions of exceptionality provided by the Ministry of Education
- decide an appropriate placement for the student
- provide reasons for placement if deciding for placement in a special class
- discuss proposals for special education programs and services if the parent or the student age 16 or over requests it
- review the identification and placement at least once in each school year, unless the parent gives written notice dispensing with the review.