Parents and guardians need more information about the BC education system. Here is a listing of some resources families and educators may find helpful. The list is not exhaustive and will be added to, so check back often! If you would like a resource added, please comment on this page or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Policies, Procedures and the Law
BC Ministerial Orders, Ministry of Education
Each School District in the Province will have their own set of Policies and Administrative Procedures. Check your local district website, or ask your school or District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) for more information. Here is an example:
Inclusive Education 44 Learning Services Handbook (North Vancouver School District)
Individualized Education Plans
Individualized Education Planning for Students with Special Needs (British Columbia School Superintendents Association [BCSSA])
Advocacy and Problem Solving
Note: Resources listed in this section are not limited to British Columbia. We have included additional out of province resources because we have found them to contain valuable information that can be generalized to other locations.
Know Your Rights – Student Edition (Learning Disabilities Association of BC, South Vancouver Island Chapter)
Supporting Meaningful Consultation with Parents (British Columbia Council of Administrators of Special Education [BC CASE])
Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers and Teacher Assistants/Education Assistants (BCTF and CUPE, 2009)
Parent Engagement (Ontario Teachers Federation)
Special Education (BC Teachers Federation)
Paper Trails, Letter Writing and Documentation (Wrights Law [United States])
Beyond Section 11 Appeals
Provincial Organizations Who Provide Information and/or Assist Families and/or Educators
Reports and Publications
Fair Schools Report (Ombudsman, Province of British Columbia, 1995)
Focus on Suspension: A Resource for Schools (BC Ministry of Education, 1999)
Stop Hurting Kids: Restraint and Seclusion in BC Schools – Survey Results and Recommendations (Inclusion BC, Family Support Institute,2013)
A Review of Special Education in British Columbia (Ministry of Education, 1999)