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Mary Hopkins

Special Education / Student Referrals

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In an attempt to meet the learning needs of all students, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board has developed a plan for the development of comprehensive programs and services in Special Education for students in our public schools from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

The stages in the process are the steps to be taken to ensure that the student receives the opportunities necessary to capitalize on capabilities. The key figures in this process are the principal, the special education consultant, the classroom teacher, the resource teacher and the parents.

Stage 1: Talk with your child’s teacher:

If you are concerned about how your child is progressing please speak to the classroom teacher. Teachers have a number of ways to identify students’ learning needs including: observation, talking with students, analyzing student work, reviewing information contained in your child’s Ontario Student Record (OSR).

Stage 2: Informal or Formal In-School Team Meeting

There are a variety of professionals at the school who have different areas of expertise. In addition to the classroom teacher and yourself the school Resource teacher (LRT) will be present. Other people may also attend depending on the area of the concern and the grade of the students (e.g., principal, DECE, Speech and Language pathologist, other HWDSB consultant staff).


  • Support child, yourself and each other
  • Collaborate, consult and share information
  • Identify strategies for your child’s success

Learn more about HWDSB Special Education services

Updated on Wednesday, May 02, 2018.
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