of Student Services
Coordinator of Student Services determines need and
plans for extra
funding for special needs students (pre-K—12) and
school programs or initiatives. The Coordinator is
responsible for supervising and supporting divisional
student support staff and clinicians. The Coordinator
also approves referrals to and organizes the services
of contracted and outside agency service providers.
Plains School Division provides a variety of services
for students who require special consideration over
and above regular classroom programming.
(provided by personnel with specialized
training and experience who consult and collaborate
in planning with school teams)
and Language Pathology
and Physical Therapy
and Emergency Response Plans
and Hearing Screening
Speech Language Pathology:
Students referred to the Divisional
Speech Language Pathologist may receive direct and/or
consultative programming. After assessing the student’s
needs, appropriate activities are provided to enhance
language and communication skills. The SLP works
as a member of the school team which may include school
staff, parents and outside service providers for programming
Where a resource teacher is available,
they may provide support to regular classroom programs
in order to meet the needs of a student.
Service may be direct (pull-out) or indirect (in the
regular classroom) through a consultative and collaborative
process with parents and staff. Student needs
are identified and resource intervention is provided
through a referral and formal assessment process.
Resource Teachers coordinate special services within
Where available, Student Support Teachers
provide special academic programming in an alternative
setting for students with identified learning
disabilities, lower ability and patterns of
underachieving through program adaptation, modification
and individualized planning. Programming may
be extensive in scope and duration or in preparation
for re-entry to a regular program. Behavioural,
social and emotional skills are considered when planning
for students’ personal growth.
May be provided by a Life-skills or
Student Support teacher where available. Students
work toward developing skills necessary to function
as independently as possible in the community.
Individualized programming focuses on communication,
self-help, independent living, functional academics,
vocational, leisure/recreation, personal/social skills
and community awareness.
School Guidance and Counseling:
School Counselors provide academic,
career, personal and social counseling services to
all students on an individual, small group or classroom
bases as required. Counselors work as a liaison
with parents, teachers and outside agencies in a consultative
and collaborative manner. There is a referral process
for counseling requests.
Division wide assessments determine
who requires extra support in the area of reading
at the grade one level. Students receive intensive
guided reading for a number of weeks and are then
cycled out of the program.
Early Years Facilitator:
The divisional Early Years Facilitator
acts as a liaison between pre-school programs and
the schools. Pre-school kits containing literature
and manipulatives are assembled and distributed by
the public health nurse during 3-year assessments.
The facilitator will also advertise early years performances
open to pre-school children.
Educational Assistants (EAs):
EAs work directly with students under
the supervision of classroom and resource teachers.
EAs carry out a wide range of duties within the school
and support students as assigned.
Through a divisional referral process,
students may be assessed by the school psychologist
in order to determine learning needs. Teachers
receive recommendations in order to plan and program
for struggling learners.
Occupational and Physiotherapy:
When required, students may be assessed
and receive therapy through Assiniboine North Children’s
Therapy Services. If small or large motor issues
arise, the school or parents may make a referral through
the Coordinator of Student Services.
and Hearing Screening:
All Kindergarten and grade 1 students
are screened for hearing difficulties by the Speech
Language Pathologist and referrals made by the Coordinator
to Westman Hearing Centre in Brandon. Vision
screening takes place every February with Kindergarten,
grade 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 (optional) students.
Referral letters for further assessment are sent to
the parents of students who fail the screening.
and Emergency Response Plans:
BPSD and Assiniboine Regional Health
Authority work together with the Unified Referral
Intake System (U.R.I.S) to identify students with
medical needs such as anaphylaxis, diabetes, asthma,
etc.. A qualified nurse prepares and updates medical
response plans each year for the schools and bus drivers.