Toronto District School Board

Processes

IST & SST

In-School Support Team (IST)- The IST meets regularly at each school to address the needs of our most vulnerable students. The IST facilitates open discussion of student-related strengths and needs within the context of the local school and uses a tiered approach to planning interventions to support all students.

School Support Team (SST) - When the IST has done all they can to understand and address the student’s needs, and determines that more input is required, the student should be referred to the SST.

Referral to the SST enables the concerns about the student to be discussed by a broader team of representatives from Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, Attendance Counselling,  Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, parents/guardians/caregiver/students over 16 years of age, outside agencies and others as required. All SST participants bring complementary skills and knowledge to the team consultation, to address the student’s areas of need.

Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) - Students enrolled in and attending a TDSB school who are being considered for identification of an exceptionality and special education programs and/or services may be presented to an IPRC ). Ontario Regulation 181/98 requires that all school boards set up IPRCs. An IPRC is composed of at least three persons, one of whom must be a principal or supervisory officer of the board.

Special Education Program Recommendation Committee (SEPRC) - Students arriving from outside the TDSB, who may require an intensive support special education program upon enrolment and who are newly registered but not yet attending a TDSB school, may be presented to a SEPRC. A SEPRC may be convened in cases where the board has information that indicates a student may require a special education class placement upon enrolment. To ensure that students are in the best place to meet their needs from the day they first begin attending a TDSB school, the SEPRC can provide a recommendation for placement, which the student may attend until the time at which the formal IPRC process can take place.  Please contact your home school for further information.

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To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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