If your child is entering a TDSB school and has special education needs, contact your local school as soon as possible to discuss registration and set up an appointment with the principal. At this meeting, you will be able to share your child's needs, provide any related documentation and create an entry plan, which may include special education support.
Following registration, most students will be placed in a regular classroom at their local school.
Questions & Answers
What is the role of the Special Education Program Recommendation Committee (SEPRC)?
The SEPRC recommends whether or not an intensive support special education program (ISP) would be required for a student upon enrolment in a TDSB school.
Six to nine months after the student has been in the program, an IPRC will take place to decide if a student is exceptional and if the placement in the program is appropriate to meet the child’s strengths and needs.
Children in kindergarten intensive support programs will be referred to an IPRC during their senior kindergarten year, in preparation for the following year.
The Special Education Program Recommendation Committee (SEPRC) and Identification, Placement and Review Committee are similar in structure and have the same members. A referral to the SEPRC is made by the school principal in consultation with the school support team.
A SEPRC meeting will not be held if the parents wish for regular classroom placement or if they do not attend the meeting. The result of a SEPRC is only a recommendation and therefore, cannot be appealed.
What is the role of the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)?
The role of the IPRC is to review assessment and evaluation material about a student. They will decide if a student is exceptional and if so, they will specify the type of exceptionality and decide an appropriate placement for the student - Regular Class or Special Education Class. Placement in the regular class could involve a special education teacher working with the student for less than half the school day. Placement in a Special Education Class would involve a special education teacher working with the student for more than half the school day.
The committee specifies the type of “exceptionality” (special need) and suggests an appropriate program or setting for the student. This could mean providing help in the regular class with extra resources, or withdrawing the student to a special education class for part or all of the school day.
Parents or the school principal can request a review by the IPRC.
What is the purpose of an Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) Meetings?
The Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) and Special Education Program Recommendation Committee SEPRC meetings are to review the student's strengths and needs.
Parents and students over 16 years of age are encouraged to attend and take part in the discussion, although an IPRC may proceed if the parents are not present.
A school-based IPRC holds an annual review for each student with special needs to determine if the support is still needed. Parents can also request a review any time after a student has been in a special education program for three months.
It is expected that a discussion of the student’s progress will be based on the child’s Individual Education Plan. The student’s report card and any other professional or classroom assessments are taken in consideration.