Before the First IPR Committee Meeting
Requesting an IPR Committee Meeting
To start an IPRC, you must contact your child's principal in writing, and request that your child be referred to an IPRC. Your child's principal may also make the referral on his or her own initiative.
If you believe that your child would benefit from special education, write to your child's school principal requesting that your child be referred to an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC).
First Notification of the IPR Committee Meeting
Within 15 days of the request of the parent to refer a student to an IPR Committee, (or 15 days from the date that the parent, or student 16 years or older, received written notice that the student has been referred to an IPR Committee, the principal must provide the parent or guardian (or student 16 years or older):
written acknowledgement of the parent’ request to refer the student to an IPR Committee;
a copy of the Parent’s Guide to Special Education; and
an approximate date of the first IPR Committee meeting.
Read your School Board's Parent's Guide to Special Education.
Before the IPR Committee meets, information about your child will be collected, and distributed to all members of the committee. This information will serve as the basis for the decisions of the IPR Committee.
The IPRC will consider all information that it considers relevant.
Make sure to send any information about your child to the committee that you would like the members of the IPR Committee to consider when they are making identification and placement decisions.
You should receive a copy of all information that the chair of the IPRC has received.
Request for Consent to Psychological or Health Assessment
The members of the IPR Committee will consider educational, psychological and health assessments.
A good assessment can make the difference in getting the services and resources your child needs to succeed in school.
An educational assessment is required. Parental consent is not necessary for an educational assessment.
Parents or guardians may also be asked to give their written consent to a psychological and/or health assessment in accordance with the Health Care Consent Act.
Psychological and health assessments will be considered only if:
The IPR Committee requests one or both;
The parent requests that one or both be considered; or
The student aged 16 or older requests that one or both be considered.
Assessments can be done through your child's school, at a hospital, or privately.
When the assessment is complete meet with the person who assessed your child to make sure you understand the main conclusions of the assessment, and to ask questions.
Final Notification of Meeting
At least 10 days before the IPRC will meet, you (and the student if 16 years or over) will receive written notice of the meeting and an invitation to attend. This letter will list the date, time, and place of the meeting, and will ask you to indicate if you can attend.
If you can't attend this meeting, contact the school principal immediately to arrange an alternative date or to let the principal know that you will not be attending.
If you cannot attend, the IPRC will be held without you, and a written decision of the IPRC will be sent to you.
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