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Settlement Workers

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS), also known as SEPT, offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services or group programs that help participants to understand and to successfully transition into the education system and to accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include:

  • Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students
  • Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle schools students and families.

Newcomer Family/Parent/Student Referral to SWIS

Local schools will forward and collect informed consent from the parent/guardian of the student or from the student who is 16 years of age or older and relay this consent form to the appropriate settlement agency. Consent forms will be available at the time of registration and will be made available to families and students as needed.

Connecting with a Settlement Worker