Journey – text version

Justice for Children and Youth’s

Journey Through Special Education – Stages to the Process

Stage 1: Need Identified

  • Realizing there is a learning need that is not being met.

Stage 2: Collecting and Sharing Data

  • Shared in advance when possible.
  • Examples include: psychoeducational assessments, medical reports and reports from teachers.

Stage 3: Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) Request

  • Make a written request.
  • Should receive within 15 days: written notice of approximate date of the IPRC meeting and School Board’s Guide to Special Education

Stage 4: IPRC Meeting

  • Identification and Placement decision is made.
  • Participants: minimum of three school staff including Principal and/or Superintendent, Parent(s), students over 16, and support person/friend.

Stage 5: Identification and Placement decision made by IPRC

Identification – there are 4 categories exceptionalities:

  • Behavioral
  • Communication
  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • (or multiple)

Placement decision:

  • Regular class with either indirect support, resource assistance, or withdrawal assistance, or
  • Special education class with partial integration
  • Full-time special education class
  • (or multiple)

Stage 6: Individual Education Plan (IEP)

  • Sets out specific learning expectations and outline of educational services.