Parent guide to Inclusive Education - Introduction

Introduction

At New Westminster Schools, providing Inclusive Education options that support a wide range of student and family needs is something we’re deeply committed to.

We know it can feel challenging as you work to support your kids with diverse needs – whether you’ve been doing it for years or whether you’ve just received a diagnosis. From our leadership teams to our front line Educational Assistants, and everyone in between, we want to be partners in better supporting your child as they grow through our schools. A big part of doing that work happens through supporting parents and guardians as they navigate the educational system too.

The below handbook has been developed to help support parents and caregivers in making the process easier. This revised guide was developed as one part of the recommendations that came out of our year-long Inclusive Education Review

We know you’ll still have many questions, and like any child’s education, this will involve a journey of learning and growing together, as we make sure each child gets opportunities to access the supports that are right for them. But we hope this helps start or support that process for you.

This resource will be updated annually (or as needed) by district staff. Please click here to download and access the most recent printable copy: Parent and Guardian Guide to Inclusive Education – June 2021

Or you can use our Online Version of the Parent Guide to Inclusive Education that we’ve formatted for easy access:
*Using the Google Translate function that’s built into the website will allow you to read all of this in over 100 languages. 

 


The original Parent/Guardian Resource Guide to Special Education (2014) was developed in partnership with the District Parents’ Advisory Council. Special acknowledgement is extended to:

  • Beth Ott, Chair, District Parents’ Advisory Council;
  • Maya Russell, Vice-Chair, District Parents’ Advisory Council; and,
  • Heather Burke, Secretary, District Parents’ Advisory

This revised resource comes from a specific recommendation in our District Review of Inclusive Education. We would like to acknowledge the following people for their work and dedication to this revised resource.

  • Kathleen Carlsen, District Parents’ Advisory Council Chair
  • Laurie Scouten- Parent
  • Anne Whitmore – Parent
  • Janice OBriain – Parent
  • Tonya Roy – Parent
  • Susan Crosby – District Behaviour Support Teacher

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