Administrative Procedures

Administrative Procedure 213

Special Education




The goals of schooling can be addressed successfully for most students in regular classrooms.  It is expected that each regular class will accommodate students with varying needs, abilities, and levels of achievement.  However, it is recognized that there will be some students with unique exceptional needs who may require services and/or programs beyond those offered in the regular classroom setting.


Wild Rose School Division shall provide appropriate programs and services to meet the diverse and unique needs of exceptional students who are residents of the Division, subject to the following guidelines and procedures.




1.      Exceptional students are those who require a different program, or an adaptation or modification to the regular school program designed to meet their unique needs, due to their behaviour, communication, intellectual and physical characteristics, or a combination of these characteristics.


2.      The educational program and/or services to be provided are based on the results of continuous assessments and evaluations.


3.      An Individualized Program Plan (IPP) is developed to meet the diverse needs of these students.  An IPP is an outline of the educational program and/or services provided to meet the learning needs of the exceptional student.  The IPP is an on-going record of the instructional plan, and a process for reviewing student progress. It will include such items as:


3.1     The student’s present level of educational performance;


3.2     Annual goals;


3.3     Specific intervention strategies; and


3.4     Evaluation procedures.


4.      The parent(s)/guardian(s) are invited and encouraged to participate in the development of the Individual Program Plan.


5.      Following the development of the IPP, the parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested to discuss the Individual Program Plan and it's monitoring with appropriate School Division personnel.


6.      The parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to sign the IPP prior to its implementation.


7.      The Individual Program Plan is subject to on-going revision and formal review at year-end.


8.      The Principal, in consultation with the Student Support Facilitator (SSF), ensures that the IPP is reviewed on a regular basis with the parent(s)/guardian(s) in order to assess its adequacy and to recommend changes where necessary.




1.      The Director of Student Services shall assist the Principal and the SSF in maintaining effective referral and assessment procedures for the identification of exceptional children.


2.      The Director of Student Services shall assist the Principal and the SSF in identifying the teaching and support staff requirements necessary to meet the learning needs of exceptional children.


3.      The Director of Student Services, in consultation with parents and school personnel, shall identify those students for whom out of jurisdiction placement may be necessary.


4.      When the Superintendent directs a student to a program out of the jurisdiction, the Director of Student Services shall make the appropriate arrangements.


5.      The classroom teacher is responsible for the initial identification of students who may have special needs.


6.      The Principal shall follow and maintain procedures within the school as set out in the Student Services Manual:


6.1     To receive referrals from teachers about students with suspected special learning needs


6.2     To receive referrals from parents of children with suspected special learning needs


6.3     To review the achievement of students for the purpose of identifying students with special learning needs who may not have been referred


7.      For students who have been identified in (6) above, the SSF shall ensure that the parent(s)/guardian(s) have been consulted and will submit a referral to the appropriate person/agency. Referrals for in-depth educational/psychological assessments shall be forwarded to the Director of Student Services.


8.      The Director of Student Services shall assist schools in arranging for appropriate formalized assessments using resources outside the school system as required.


9.      When assessments have been completed, a case conference shall be held involving school personnel, parent(s)/guardian(s), and others as appropriate, for the purpose of discussing the assessment results and the need for special services.



Reviewed:               October, 2011

Next Review by:            October, 2016


Legislative References:


School Act Section 13, 45, 47, 48, 60, 61, 124

Policy 1.6.2 Special Education

Educational Placement of Students with Special Needs Policy

Standards for Special Education

Guide to Education K-12


Board Policy:


Policy 11 Delegation

Policy 13 Appeals Regarding Student Matters


Cross Reference:


AP 380 Appeals Concerning Student Matters