Special Needs/Student Services

Student Services are designed to promote the students' continuous progress at school:

By helping them overcome any difficulties which they may experience.
By ensuring their emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.
By contributing to the development of the students' autonomy, sense of responsibility and initiative.

Such services include:

Complementary Services
Special Education Services
Other Services

Complementary Services

1. Guidance Services
Personnel: Guidance Counsellors
Level: Secondary
Services: Counselling, evaluation, consultation, information, liaison, referral, follow-up; maintenance of student dossiers, case conference presentations.

2. Psychological Services
Personnel: Psychologists/Guidance Consultants
Level: Elementary
Services: Identification, prevention, evaluation, consultation, counselling, liaison, referral and follow-up; case conference presentations, maintenance of student dossiers.

3. Work Experience Program
Personnel: Administrative Technician
Level: Secondary

  • Career Exploration Program

  • Hospital Opportunity Program for Students (HOPS)

  • Board of Trade Outstanding Student Awards Program
  • 4. Health Services
    Personnel: Nurses, Dental Hygienists
    Level: Elementary and Secondary
    Services: consultation, screening, prevention, vaccinations, referral, health/vaccination records, etc.
    Herzl Teenage Health Unit Program

    5. Social Services
    Personnel: Social Workers *
    Level: Elementary and Secondary
    Services: Consultation, individual/group counselling, referral, crisis intervention
    Youth Protection Services
    English services -Batshaw Youth and Family Centres
    French services
    Les Centres jeunesse de Montréal
    Inter-sectoral Sexual Abuse Protocol

    * Identifies persons who are not Board personnel.

    6. Drug Education Resource Services
    Personnel: Drug Education Resource Worker
    Level: Elementary and Secondary
    Services: Consultation, workshops, information dissemination, selective individual and group counselling, special projects (e.g. "Drinking and Driving", PRIDE Anti-Drug Program)

    7. Speech and Language Services
    Personnel: Speech and Language Consultants
    Level: Elementary (selective interventions at secondary level)
    Services: Screening, evaluation, consultation, home/school programs, therapeutic intervention, referral
    Special Language Class Services (Parkdale school)

    8. Oral Interpretation Services
    Personnel: Oral interpreters
    Level: Elementary and Secondary
    Services: Provide one-on-one support to hearing- impaired students.

    9. Spiritual Care and Guidance andCommunity Involement Service
    Personnel: Spiritual, Religious and Moral Education Consultant
    Level: Elementary and Secondary Students of All Faith and Cultural Traditions
    Services: This support function is exercised within the school board and in schools as follows:

  • Organization of service development through needs analysis and growth action planning with animators on a regular basis at all levels of structure (school, cluster, region, school board)

  • Organization of professional development for animators

  • Providing resource material and program kits to animators

  • Consultation and information on animation activities for animators

  • Organization and implementation of structure for service

  • Regular meetings with Regional Animation Teams

  • Consultation and information to parents, religious groups, and community organizations

  • Consultation on spiritual, moral issues and events of a spiritual or religious nature
  • Personnel: Spiritual Community Animators
    Level: Elementary and Secondary Students of All Faith and Cultural Traditions
    Services: Each spiritual community animator is responsible for the spiritual and communal development of students in a cluster of schools within a region.

  • Develops and implements programs of activities of a community, humanitarian, spiritual and religious nature.

  • Organizes and implements spiritual services for special occasions in the schools.

  • Facilitates students' involvement in community.

  • Builds links between the students' spiritual life and community involvement.

  • Works on a regional and school board team with animators and consultant to plan, organize and implement a growth plan with values, visions, themes, activities and projects for schools in a region.

  • Provides information and guidance to staff, parents, and students with respect to student's needs in terms of spiritual life and community involvement.
  • * Identifies persons who are not Board personnel.

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    Other Services

    1. Derogations
    Processing of parent requests for students who are considered candidates for early Kindergarten or Grade 1 entry

    2. Form K (Bill 101 exemptions)
    Trauma Team: Psychologists, guidance counsellors, social workers, ethnocultural community school workers, pastoral animators, etc.

    3. Traumatic Events Support Team (T.E.S.T.) Services
    Trauma Team: Psychologists, guidance counsellors, social workers, ethnocultural community school workers, pastoral animators, etc.

    Services: Provides support to a school in crisis, develops a resource network, does follow-up, develops resource material.

    4. Project Harbour
    A school-based intervention team was created to assist and train teachers, administrators and support personnel in coping with students exhibiting disruptive behaviours.

    6. Second Start Program
    This program, housed in the St-Raphael's Centre, is offered to students (10-12 year old) exhibiting severe disruptive behaviour and social maladjustment.

    7. Identification of at-risk students / recommendations for services.
    This service comprises the identification of secondary students with behavioural problems and recommendations for appropriate services.

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    Special Education Services

    The Student Services Department is responsible for the coordination of the Board's special education programs. This involves the following components:

    1. Case conferences
    Discussion and identification of appropriate services for students,
    Development of the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

    2. Données complémentaires
    Annual updating of students' difficulty codes
    Submission to the MEQ for validation

    3. Coordination between regular schools and Social Affairs schools
    Hospitals e.g. Victoria High
    Reception centers e.g. Cité des Prairies
    Rehabilitation centers e.g. Mackay Center

    4. Staffing of special education classes and allocation of human resources in collaboration with the Human Resources Department.

    5. Organization of appropriate service delivery models in all schools - see Annex 1 - ''The Cascade System of Educational Services''

    This cascade system of educational services is the preferred model for the schools of the English Montreal School Board. The model of educational services is an adaptation of the one presented by B.R.Gearheart in Organization and Administration of Educational Programs for Exceptional Children. (Springfield,I11. Thomas 1974, p. 242). The modification was the addition of level 5, i.e., student attends a self-contained class and is partially integrated in a regular class in a regular school.

    6. Academic planning, adaptation of curriculum and development of a variety of teaching strategies for special needs students in collaboration with Pedagogical Services.

    7. Organization of staff training workshops (administrators, teachers, child care workers, etc.)

    8. Implementation of the Education Act.
    Ministry of Education Special Education Policy
    English Montreal School Board Special Education Policy
    Special Education Advisory Committee (ACSES)

    9. Allocation and coordination of support personnel:
    Child care workers or ISPJ workers
    Oral interpreters
    EMSB itinerant teachers

    10. Special Education Committee. (EMSB)

    11. Ententes
    Hors réseau schools ( e.g. Summit, Peter Hall )
    Inter-board agreements

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    Advisory Committee on Special Education Services

    What is ACSES?

    ACSES is an advisory committee on special education services. It has a legal mandate (Education Act, Section 185) to advise the School Board on issues which affect children who are learning disabled, intellectually handicapped, hearing impaired, visually impaired, physically handicapped or socially maladjusted.

    Who are the members of ACSES?

    ACSES is comprised of nine parents (Education Act, Section 186) representing children in each of the categories outlined above. They are appointed by the Central Parents' Committee and constitute the majority of the membership, which also includes teachers, a non-teaching professional, a specialized support person, a principal, a representative from an organization that provides services to special needs students and officers of the School Board.

    What does ACSES do?

    ACSES has a continuous role to advise the School Board on issues arising from the delivery of educational services to special needs students and the allocation of financial resources for those services (Education Act, Section 187).
    ACSES networks with similar structures within other school boards across Quebec to share experiences and ideas.
    ACSES welcomes correspondence from parents of special needs children regarding their experiences in furthering the education of their children. Such correspondence provides ACSES with valuable information on issues that need to be addressed.

    Correspondence can be sent to ACSES, c/o Communications Services, EMSB, 6000 Fielding Avenue, Montreal, QC H3X 1T4

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