Negotiating the Maze – Part 8

Regarding the IPRC request letter any any other letter you share with schools…
Care should be given to be positive in your interactions with your child’s school and the school board as well as other service providers.  This is particularly true with email and social media.  It is normal to experience considerable frustration and anxiety when trying to obtain appropriate support for your child.  It is not helpful , however, to allow your frustration to seep into your interactions with staff.  Keep written correspondence as neutral and positive as you can.  It is helpful to get a friend or family member to edit material before you send it.  
Effective Practices –  Start and use a  School Log/Contemporaneous record.  

As with any interaction with the school related to yourchild’s needs, consider recording the key events related to the school and your child on paper. Use a bound note book.  Print or hand write, write objective statements.  Use statements that are positive and display a patient, positive but focussed attitude on your part. Date the entry.

Sample Entry (to be written or printed)

October 15.  Spoke to Ms. Patel. I asked for an IPRC.  Ms.  Patal suggested that an IPRC was not needed at this time. I replied that the school was offering needed support for Emily and I wished to have an IPRC to formalize Emily’s status. I said I would send a note to the principal. 
What the Regulation say…
The ability for a parent/ guardian to request am IPRC is found in Regulation  181/98, Subsection 14.1 (link)

14. (1) The principal of the school at which a pupil is enrolled,

(a) may on written notice to a parent of the pupil; and

(b) shall at the written request of a parent of the pupil,

refer the pupil to a committee established by the board, for a decision as to whether the pupil should be identified as an exceptional pupil and, if so, what the placement of the pupil should be. O. Reg. 181/98, s. 14 (1).

 This right is also found in most School Board Guide to Special Education programs and Services as mandated by the Ministry of Education. This guide will be likely located somewhere on your Board’s website and is generally found when using Google and searching Parents Guide to Special Education Programs and Services along with your Boards name.  

The Toronto District School Board is the largest Board in the province and has a wonderful website.  This right to request an IPRC is found a s follows on the  TDSB Guide.

“How is an IPRC meeting requested?The principal of your child’s school: May, with written notice to you, refer your child to an IPRC when the principal and the child’s teacher orteachers believe that your child may benefit from a special education programMust request an IPRC meeting for your child, upon receiving your written request.”Within 15 days of receiving your request, or giving you notice, the principal must provide you with a copy of this guide and a written statement of approximately when the IPRC will meet.

TDSB Guide. 

The ministry document special education in Ontario – kindergarten to grade 12 – 2017 also includes this parental bright on page D38

If you can’t your Board’s website, or if the Guide does not include this ability, the right still exists. Interestingly, psalm school board parent guide to special education do not seem to include this material.

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