Education

Support for students

Support for students

Student art project with rockets and starsEach child is unique, with his or her own challenges and gifts. We make every effort to provide support so that all students can reach their goals.

We believe

  • All students can learn.
  • Students learn best in different ways, at different rates and in different places.
  • Students come from diverse backgrounds and want their differences to be respected.
  • Students have the right to appropriate educational programming and required supports.
  • Parent involvement is essential.


Some examples of support that we provide include

  • speech and language
  • hearing
  • movement
  • academic, emotional, social or intellectual development


Where to begin to get help

Speak first with your child's teacher if you have concerns.

The teacher will work with you to begin planning to support a student's special needs. The teacher can compare how the child is doing with what is expected for that age or grade.

The teacher and parents should continue to talk with each other. Parents help to identify their child's special needs and work on ways to help their child.

Students will have their special needs met in class, along with their peers, as much as possible.


The School Based Team

If concerns continue, the student may be referred to the School Based Team. Parents can ask for a School Based Team meeting for their child any time. All they have to do is ask the teacher or principal. The team may include

  • the child's classroom teacher
  • the principal or vice-principal
  • a learning assistance teacher or other specialist teacher
  • a school counsellor
  • the parents
  • the student (where appropriate)
  • consultants from the Department of Education
  • representatives from other community services

The team will work to find strategies to help the student.


Role of parents

As a parent, you provide important information about your child's needs. You can also help your child understand expectations from the school.


The Student Support Services Division

The Student Support Services Division services include:

  • school psychology
  • speech and language pathology
  • physical and occupational therapy
  • help for the hearing or visually impaired

Parents must consent before we can do any formal consultations or assessments.


Individualized Education Plans (IEP)

English is not the first or in-home language of many Yukon students. These “English Language Learners” (ELLs) may be Canadian-born or they may come from other countries.

Yukon schools help ELL students in all grades to learn or improve their English. Sometimes, students are grouped with other ELL students for part of the day; others may be in regular classrooms all day, with extra support.
Some students need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

An IEP describes educational measures to help meet the needs of the student. Some students need minor changes and minimum support. Others have more complex needs.

IEP planning might cover:

  • educational programming
  • social skills
  • technology
  • health care

The IEP outlines:

  • The strengths and needs of the student
  • Long-term and short-term goals
  • Recommendations for addressing the student's learning needs
  • The people responsible for implementing the plan

The School-Based Team develops the IEP. It is reviewed and revised regularly as the student's needs change.

Additional information about Student Support Services can be found at http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/staffroom/student_support.html.


English Language Learners

English is not the first or in-home language of many Yukon students. These “English Language Learners” (ELLs) may be Canadian-born or they may come from other countries.

Yukon schools help ELL students in all grades to learn or improve their English. Sometimes, students are grouped with other ELL students for part of the day; others may be in regular classrooms all day, with extra support.

For more information, contact our Learning Support Services unit at 667-5607 or curriculum@gov.yk.ca.


Handbooks

Making a Difference: Working with students who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 

Student Support Services Parent Handbook 

Brochures

Behaviour Support Plans

School Based Team

Student Learning Plans

A Parent's Guide: Individual Education Plans 

Student Support Services

Yukon Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-8000
Toll free (In Yukon):  1-800-661-0408, local 8000
Fax: 867-393-6423
Email: studentsupportservices@gov.yk.ca

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