Since 2010, the Ministry of Education has required school boards to complete a Special Education Plan Checklist to identify areas of the Special Education Plan that have been changed. The Special Education Plan Checklist is submitted to the Ministry by July 31st each year. The Special Education Plan should include information on the available special education programs and services as defined in Standards for School Boards’ Special Education Plans (2000).
The school board responsibilities under Regulation 464/97, and Regulation 306, Special Education Programs and Services, require SEAC to have a role in the development and review of the Special Education Plan. This means that SEAC should have input in the review of the Special Education Plan and provide advice to the Trustees.
Directives from the Ministry of Education, regarding the Special Education Plan, strongly encourage the school board to make the Special Education Plan accessible to the public in user-friendly format, on their public website.
As part of Regulation 181/98, Identification and Placement of Exceptional Pupils, school boards are required to make available a parent guide that provides information about the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process. Some school boards also provide additional parent resource guides or brochures about the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, or specific special education programs and services. PAAC on SEAC recommends that SEAC should be part of the process to develop or review the parent guides and other resources for parents.
SEAC can play an important role in the development of these parent resources to make sure they are easy to read, and that they provide information on additional resources for students or parents who want more information. SEAC can also provide advice on how the resources can be distributed or made available to students and parents.