Identification Placement and Review Committee
We have developed a guide to help parents better understand the Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process. We encourage you to review the entire Teamwork Handbook for more detailed information.
What is the IPRC?
Regulation 181/98 requires that all school boards set up IPRC's. An IPRC is composed of at least three voting members, one of whom must be a principal or supervisory officer of the board.
What is the purpose of the IPRC?
The IPRC will:
Who is identified as an exceptional student?
The Education Act defines an exceptional student as "a pupil whose behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical or multiple exceptionalities are such that he or she is considered to need placement in a special education program . . . " Students are identified according to the categories and definitions of exceptionalities provided by the Ministry of Education and Training.
What is a special education program?
A special education program is defined in the Education Act as an educational program that:
What are special education services?
Special education services are defined in the Education Act as the facilities and resources, including support personnel and equipment, necessary for developing and implementing a special education program.
How is an IPRC meeting requested?
The principal of your child's school:
Within 15 days of receiving your request, or giving you notice, the principal must provide you with a copy of the Teamwork Handbookand a written statement of approximately when the IPRC will meet.
May parents/guardians attend the IPRC meeting?
Regulation 181/98 entitles parents/guardians and students 16 years of age or older:
Who else may attend an IPRC meeting?
Either you or the principal of your child's school may make a request for the attendance of others at the IPRC meeting.
What information will parents/guardians receive about the IPRC meeting?
At least 10 days in advance of the meeting, the chair of the IPRC will provide you with written notification of the meeting and an invitation to attend the meeting as an important partner in considering your child's placement. This letter will notify you of the date, time, and place of the meeting, and it will ask you to indicate whether you will attend.
What if parents/guardians are unable to make the scheduled meeting?
If you are unable to make the scheduled meeting, you may:
The IPRC's written statement of decision will state:
Please refer to our Teamwork Handbook for further information.