Garden Valley School Division is committed to providing all students with appropriate educational programming that supports student participation in both the academic and social life of schools. See the following GVSD policy on Appropriate Educational Programming.
APPROPRIATE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
1. Purpose: To provide appropriate educational programming for all students in Garden Valley School Division.
2. Scope: The Board of Trustees, employees, students and parents.
3.1 Garden Valley School Division is committed to providing all students with appropriate educational programming that supports student participation in both the academic and social life of schools. To this end the Division embraces the Manitoba Philosophy of Inclusion which states:
Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued and safe. An inclusive community consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members. Through recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of citizenship.
In Manitoba, we embrace inclusion as a means of enhancing the well-being of every member of the community. By working together, we strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a richer future for all of us.
3.2 Garden Valley School Division supports the consultative process defined by appropriate educational programming as:
a collaborative school-family-community process where school communities create learning environments and provide resources and services that are responsive to the lifelong learning, social and emotional needs of all students.
Garden Valley School Division, in accordance with The Public Schools Act, The Educational Administration Act and appropriate educational programming regulations, is committed to providing each resident and enrolled student with adequate school accommodation, the provincial curriculum and where unable to access the regular curriculum, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
3.3 Garden Valley School Division respects parents as valued partners in education and ensures the ongoing participation and support of parents in the decision making and educational programming of all students.
4.1 Appropriate Programming Placement Procedures
4.1.1 Garden Valley School Division addresses the diversity of its student population through a continuum of instructional supports extending from placement in the regular class with no need for adaptations to education in highly specialized settings.
4.1.2 The principles of placement with peers in the most enabling environment and program appropriateness are considered in making placement decisions. Therefore, students will normally be placed in their catchment area schools with their age / grade appropriate peers.
4.1.3 Students with exceptional learning needs are those who, due to intellectual, social, physical, and / or psychological factors, require special education adaptations, equipment, and / or programs in order to learn and to maximize their potential. The education of students with exceptional learning needs shall be provided in the most appropriate and enabling learning environment available or possible under the circumstances and within the availability of resources. This shall also include considerations such as assemblies, sports days, and field trips.
4.1.4 Placement decisions for a student shall be made in consultation with the parent / guardian, school team and if necessary division student services and / or ME personnel may also be involved.
4.1.5 If, in consultation with the parent / guardians and school / division team, it is determined that the catchment area school does not have the facilities and programming to accommodate the student’s exceptional learning needs, accommodation shall occur in the school with identified facilities and programs. Placement of students in locations other than the catchment school for their residence shall be reviewed annually or when a student’s needs warrant review. Final placement decisions shall rest with the School Board.
4.1.6 If a student is required to attend a school different from his or her catchment school, the School Board will provide appropriate transportation to the assigned school.
4.1.7 A Personalized Transportation Plan (PTP) shall be developed for students who require transportation due to exceptional needs. The plan shall be in accordance with the ME Policy Guidelines for Transportation of Student with Special Needs.
4.1.8 Educational programming shall occur within 14 days after the student seeks to be enrolled, regardless of whether that school has received the student’s pupil file, specialist reports, individual education plans, and other pertinent information and / or if significant risks to safety which a student may present to himself or herself or to others have been eliminated.