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School-Based Support

The Vancouver Board of Education has a wide-range of school based teachers and professionals who work collaboratively to support students with special needs. 

The classroom teacher is responsible for the planning, implementation, assessment and reporting of the student's educational program. 

The school Principal/Vice-Principal ensures that every student who has special needs is assigned a case manager; that individualized education plans are developed and implemented; and that parent/guardians are regularly provided with information concerning their child’s educational progress. The Principal/Vice-Principal is available to consult with students as well as parents/guardians concerning their daughter or son's education program. 

School-Based Teams 

The School-Based Team (SBT) is a problem-solving group that works with classroom teachers to develop educational programs for students who may or may not have special education designations. SBTs make decisions regarding case managers, referrals (to area or high school counsellors, speech language pathologists, psychologists etc), and the allocation of resources. School-Based Teams meet on a regular basis in all schools.

Area Counsellors

Area Counsellors’ services facilitate the educational, personal, social and emotional development of elementary students in schools and in the community. Area Counsellors provide support to individual students, groups of students and classes in response to the current needs of each school. They are a resource for families and provide consultation for school staff.

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DRT - Deaf Hard of Hearing

The District Resource Teacher - DHH provides support service for students kindergarten to grade 12 whose educational and social emotional development is significantly impacted by their hearing loss.

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DRT - Vision

The District Resource Teacher - Vision, provides support for any child of school age with a significant visual impairment.

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High School Counsellors

High School Counsellors facilitate the educational, personal, social and emotional development of secondary students in VSB high schools. High School Counsellors provide support to individual students, groups of students and classes in response to the current needs in their schools. They are a resource for families, provide consultation for school staff, and liaise with district services and community agencies.

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Home Instruction Teacher

Home Instruction enables students to continue their education while absent from school for an extended period during the school year because of medical, social/emotional/behavioural or psychiatric reasons.

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Resource Teachers

The Resource Teacher delivers a range of support services to students with diverse learning needs, including, but not limited to those with designations who need learning support.

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School Psychologists

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' through assessment, consultation and intervention. They apply expertise in mental health, learning and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. ​

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Speech Language Pathologists

Services provided by the Speech Language Pathologist is designed to support students whose education and/or social/emotional development is adversely affected by oral communication difficulties.

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