Referral Process for Low Incidence Programs
School staff and parents of students with special needs should be aware of their options when transitioning out of regular school settings. Parents can communicate with their child’s school-based team about possible options when transitioning to middle and high school.
There are three District Low Incidence Middle School Programs (Arbutus, Lansdowne, Shoreline), two District Secondary Low Incidence Programs (Esquimalt, Reynolds) and one Alternative School Program (Victor). Entry into these programs is through consultation with the Inclusive Learning District Principal, Vice-Principal, and their team. Parents can also work with the school-based team to choose inclusion into their community school as an option. These conversations can be school to school and can include the Inclusive Learning team in the role of supporting the transition.
Decisions about eligibility and entry into these programs are starting around December-January for the upcoming September school year. Entry into the programs depends on eligibility criteria, and space and composition needs in the programs. Spaces are available, depending on enrollment and capacity to support the programs.
Before parents visit a District Low Incidence Program, it is important to have conversations with the school-based team and to include the Inclusive Learning team. The District Principal and Vice-Principal Inclusive Learning will approve parent visits and determine final placements in each program.
Referral Process For District Behaviour Programs
School staff and parents of students with challenging behaviours should be aware of their options in order to ensure success in regular school settings. Parents can communicate with their child’s school-based team about possible options. One option could include placement in a District Behaviour Program.
There are two District Behaviour Elementary Programs (Braefoot, McKenzie) and one District Behaviour Middle School Program (Cedar Hill). Entry into these programs is through consultation with the Inclusive Learning District Principal and Vice-Principal and their team.
Decisions about eligibility and entry into these programs happen throughout the year. Entry into the programs depends on eligibility criteria, and space and composition needs in the programs. Spaces are available, depending on enrollment and capacity to support the programs.
Provincial Resource Programs
POPARD – Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders
A Provincial Resource Program that provides consultation, training and support services to schools with a primary focus on increasing the capacity of school district staff to support students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). School teams can access the POPARD team through the POPARD District Partner. The POPARD website provides teachers, para-professionals, and parents with a wide range of evidence-based practice approaches that facilitate inclusive educational programs in the least restrictive environment.
The primary function of the PRCVI is to provide British Columbia school districts and Group 1 & 2 Independent schools with alternate formats of provincially recommended learning resources and with specialized equipment to support the educational needs of students with visual impairments.
Current research, ideas, strategies, training and resources in order to build capacity in school districts for students with FASD and their teachers.
The consultants at the Deafblind Outreach Program work with School Districts and school based teams to ensure that the unique needs of the student with deafblindness are being met, and that each student is receiving an appropriate educational program.
A referral for Deaf students must be initiated by a school district. Parents or guardians wishing for such a referral must contact their school district.
A Provincial Program hosted by GVSD to assist school teams and families in developing meaningful and functional programs for BC students with severe/profound cognitive and multiple physical disabilities within inclusive schools K-12. Although referrals are made to Inclusive Learning SD 61 for specific consults, the PIOP website provides excellent strategies, resources, and learning modules to maximize student learning.