Regulation 464/97 Section 10 requires the school board to provide SEAC members, and their alternates, with information and orientation respecting:
- The role of the committee and of the board in relation to special education; and
- Ministry and board policies relating to special education.
This is to be provided “within a reasonable time” after the SEAC members are appointed. (Regulation 464/97 Section 10 (2)).
Special education is complex and Ministry and board policies and practices, as well as research and understanding about special education, are evolving rapidly. In addition, membership of SEAC can change within each SEAC term.
PAAC on SEAC recommends that school boards provide SEAC orientation and training on a regular basis and that professional development for SEAC members should be on-going.