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Section 7: Special Education

Section 7: Special Education

7.1 Supporting Students with Special Education Needs

The Individual Education Plan (IEP) will continue to be a key document in supporting students with special education needs. It is recognized that goal development, implementation, monitoring and assessment will look differently for students who are continuing in the remote learning environment. The school-based team, with the support of the central Special Education Team, will develop and implement programming for students with special education needs for either of the learning options available to students (face-to-face or on-line).

Please refer to the Special Education, Student Mental Health and Wellness Companion Document for full details.

7.2 Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs

Mental health and well-being will be a prevalent focus, particularly at the outset of the school year. The central Mental Health and Wellness Team will provide professional development and resources for use in schools to support social-emotional learning, resilience, re-engaging in learning, while continuing to be responsive to particular concerns and needs that are brought forward by schools. Counselling supports and connections to partner agencies will continue to be areas of focus for members of the central team.

School Mental Health Ontario will be providing boards with a toolkit of resources and professional learning materials directed at system staff, school-based teams, students and parents. Further information will be shared when the toolkit is available.

The Special Education and Mental Health and Wellness Department will continue to publish regular newsletters for parents which will be shared digitally by schools and posted to the UCDSB website. Information will also be shared through Twitter (@UCDSBWellness).

Please refer to the Special Education, Student Mental Health and Wellness Companion Document for more details.

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