Inclusive Education provides both direct and indirect support to our students with exceptionalities and their educational teams. The purpose of our department is consistent with those of the District at large, as reflected in the philosophy of inclusive education. District-wide competencies related to academic success, creativity & imagination, citizenship and resiliency of students with exceptionalities are addressed through the support of trained specialists comprising of inclusion support teachers, school psychologists, SLP, OT & PT services, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Teacher of the Visually Impaired and services for students requiring assistive technology.
In order for our students to grow academically, socially, emotionally, creatively, and physically, the Board of School Trustees makes these commitments within the limits of its authority under the School Act and Regulations and in keeping with the values placed on it by the citizens of this School District.
School District No. 8 - Kootenay Lake supports inclusion as a desirable goal and embraces a respect for the diversity of all learners. Inclusion must have broad dimensions i.e. children must feel a part of the group as well as being physically present. However, full inclusion is not always the best placement for a child or other children in a program. Decisions are the outcome of the team planning process and prerequisites to inclusion are
- a welcoming, respectful environment for all
- a team consensus reflects the wishes of parents, students and staff in addressing student needs.
- adequate and appropriate resources, competently trained professionals and paraeducators and involvement of other agencies where appropriate.
We look forward to working with our students with exceptionalities and their educational teams.