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Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education provides both direct and indirect support to our students with exceptionalities and to their educational teams. District-wide competencies related to academic success, creativity & imagination, citizenship and resiliency of students with exceptionalities are addressed through the support of trained specialists such as inclusion support teachers, school psychologists, SLP, OT & PT services, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Teacher of the Visually Impaired and services for students requiring assistive technology.

SD8 supports inclusion as a desirable goal and embraces a respect for the diversity of all learners. Inclusion must have broad dimensions - i.e. children must feel a part of the group as well as being physically present. However, full inclusion is not always the best placement for a child or other children in a program. The inclusion team planning process determines the best approach, and prerequisites to inclusion are:

  • a welcoming, respectful environment for all
  • a team consensus reflects the wishes of parents, students and staff in addressing student needs.
  • adequate and appropriate resources, competently trained professionals and paraeducators and involvement of other agencies where appropriate.

We look forward to working with our students with exceptionalities and their educational teams.