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Identification of Student Needs - Placement

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board provides a continuum of service to offer a range of placements to meet the needs of exceptional pupils. In most cases, an exceptional pupil can be placed in the regular classroom. However, there may be pupils who require more intensive support. Your school principal can guide you in understanding the placements available to your child. In addition to placements in our school board, consideration may be given to opportunities in Ministry of Education and Training Provincial or Demonstration Schools.

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board provides a range of placements for students with exceptional needs but balances this with the practice of inclusion. It is strongly believed that most students are successful in their home schools within their community and with their peers.

Special Education Advisory Committee of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (SEAC) provides specific information, advice, and assistance to parents whose children may require additional support. This Committee makes recommendations to the Board concerning the establishment and development of special education programs and services.

The Committee is comprised of member representatives from a variety of community agencies that provide services for children throughout Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) provides advice on range of placements offered, and maintains an advisory role as they make recommendations on any matter affecting the establishment and development of special education programs/ services. Any change to Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board’s Special Education Model is designed in consultation with members of SEAC and is presented to SEAC for formal input and feedback.

  • SEAC receives regular input from Board staff regarding the range of placements and services available in the Board’s schools.

  • SEAC members receive feedback from parents on the range of placements available as part of their role as support to parent and community members.

  • SEAC receives regular input from Board staff regarding the budget process, then makes budget recommendations in consideration of the range of placements offered in within the Board’s schools.

As required by Ministry policy, and in keeping with the inclusion goals of Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, placement in the regular classroom is the first option considered for students. For any student presented to the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC), regular classroom placement is always considered as the first option before other special education programs.

Inclusion in regular classrooms is an expectation for students in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. To facilitate this, the following may occur:

  • entry plans are created for high needs students in collaboration with all partners,

  • including parent(s)/guardian(s), school staff, community agencies, and Board staff

  • development, implementation, and review of an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

  • establishment of intensive supports, if required

  • deliberate transition and exit planning in collaboration with all parties

In both the Elementary and Secondary panels, the placements provided in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board for students who are presented to the IPRC are:

  • Regular Class with Indirect Support

  • Regular Class with Resource Assistance

  • Regular Class with Withdrawal Assistance

  • Special Education Class with Partial Integration

  • Learning and Life Skills Class (LLS)

The alternatives to the Board’s range of placements may include:

  • SAL (Supervised Alternative Learning)

  • Home Instruction (in accordance with the Board Policy)

  • Provincial Demonstration Schools (i.e., Sagonaska, Trillium, Sir James Whitney)

  • Campbell Children’s School (Clarington)

  • Care, Treatment, Custody and Corrections facilities, often referred to as Section 23 programs (admissions by the agency) 

Communication of placement options beyond those provided by the Board are shared with parents through several means:

  • school principals/special education school staff/central special education services

  • staff may inform parents of options

  • staff from institutions which are being considered may attend a case conference

  • with school staff and parent(s)/guardian(s)

  • the parent brochure, “A Parent’s Guide to Special Education”