Written by Diesje Hiltemann
Your child has a diagnosis, you’ve informally discussed their needs with their teacher, and the Principal has agreed to provide support when it’s available. Seems like a smooth start to the school year, right? Right…everything is great until the support isn’t available when your child needs it.
Did you know that you have the right to formally identify your child’s needs and have your school commit to the support that is appropriate for child to receive? That’s what an IPRC can do for you.
The IPRC is the Independent Placement and Review Committee. It’s a vital step for all children who have an exceptionality, whether they are gifted, have a learning disability, or have another diagnosis such as autism or ADHD.
Only two people can ask for an IPRC meeting to be called – the parent or the school principal. The IPRC is where you, the parent has a voice. Don’t pass up on your right to be heard. Request it in writing to your principal.
What does the IPRC do for my child?
There are three main decisions made at an IPRC:
- Is the student exceptional?
- What is the exceptionality?
- What is the appropriate placement?
How do I know if my child is exceptional?
If their diagnosis impacts one of the following areas, they may be considered exceptional:
- Multiple categories
- Regular classroom with indirect support
- Regular classroom with resource assistance
- Regular classroom with withdrawal assistance (at least 50% of the day in a regular classroom)
- A special education classroom with partial integration (your child can go into the regular class for up to 50% of the day)
- A special education class on a full time basis
I’ve decided to request an IPRC – what else do I need to know?
- Read your school board’s Special Education Plan
- Understand the Special Education Laws
- Understand how to work with the system to get what your child needs
- Have a realistic sense of what is possible
- You have the right to bring an advocate with you – it could be a therapist working with your child, a professional educational advocate, or a family member/friend.
For more information, consult the following:
Halton District School Board Special Education Plan:
Halton Catholic District School Board- Special Education Annual Plan: