Special Education Plan 


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Model for Special Education

The HCDSB has long promoted the inclusion of students with special education needs in regular classrooms in the student’s neighbourhood school where possible. This approach is motivated by an interest in maintaining students in the communities in which they reside, by promoting a sense of place and belonging in the school, in the worship community of the parish and in the neighbourhood.

The regular classroom in a student’s community schools is the default placement for all students according to the Ministry of Education for the Province of Ontario [Reg. 181/98 S.17 (1-2)]. Nevertheless, Regulation 298 S. 31 of the Education Act provides for a variety of placements for identified students which range from fully integrated regular class placement to fully contained special education class placement with no integration. In recognition of the direction in both regulations, the Halton Catholic District School Board has developed the Policy II-29: Inclusion and Range of Placement – Options for Identified Exceptional Students.

In this policy, placement options offered in HCDSB are outlined ranging from placements in community to schools to placements in congregated classes for students identified as exceptional within the Intellectual category of exceptionality, which includes, Giftedness, Mild Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Disability.  A description of each of the 5 placement options is contained in the policy document.

The placement of students through the Identification, Placement, Review Committee is outlined in further detail in this plan.  All placements consider relevant student information along with school and parental feedback with the best interests of the student at the centre of all decision making.  The HCDSB endeavours to offer options that meet the needs of exceptional students while keeping their academic, social, and spiritual needs in mind at all times.