Special Education Policy Manual - Province of British Columbia

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SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

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BRITISH COLUMBIA MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

 BC Ministry of Education Box 9887 Stn Prov Govt 4th Floor, 620 Superior Street Victoria British Columbia Canada V8W 9T6

S P ECIAL E DUCA TI ON S E RVI CES : A M A NUA L OF P OL I CIES , P RO CE DURE S A ND G UIDE LI NES _____________________________________________________________________________

TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iii Using this Manual ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iv Glossary -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- v A. Policy --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Special Education Policy ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 B. Roles and Responsibilities --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 B.1 Ministry of Education: Special Education --------------------------------------------------------------- 6 B.2 School Districts ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 6 B.3 Schools ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 B.4 Parents --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 B.5 Students ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 C. Developing an Individual Education Plan ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 12 C.1 An Overview of the Process ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 12 C.2 Identification & Assessment ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 13 C.3 Planning ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15 C.4 Program Support & Implementation -------------------------------------------------------------------- 19 C.5 Evaluation of Student Learning -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 C.6 Reporting Student Progress ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 20 C.7 Students with Different Cultural or Linguistic Backgrounds -------------------------------------- 21 D. Special Considerations: Services ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23 D.1 Learning Assistance Services --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23 D.2 Counselling in Schools ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 26 D.3 School Psychology Services ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 29 D.4 Speech-Language Pathology ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 31 D.5 Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy------------------------------------------------------------------ 33 D.6 Hospital Education Services ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 35 D.7 Homebound Education Services ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 37 D.8 Distributed Learning ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 38 D.9 Funding Special Education Services - Update ------------------------------------------------------ 39 E. Special Needs Categories ---------------------------------------------