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School District 5
Southeast Kootenay
Student Services

Our goal is to support the educational development of all students, including those with special needs.  Enabling all students to achieve the goals of academic, social and career development is a responsibility shared by schools, families and the community. 

We strive to follow the inclusive model by enrolling students with special needs in the regular classroom, provided the needs of all students can be met in a safe, effective learning environment.  Students with special needs are supported in the regular classroom by a school team, which will include the classroom teacher, Student Services Teacher and the School Principal.  It also may include an Education Assistant and other support services listed below.

To best meet the education goals that we have for our students, referrals regarding student’s learning difficulties are provided to a School Based Team.  The needs of the student are best met through a collaborative approach where students and parents have the right to be, and should be, involved in the decision-making process and education of their children.  The School Based Team will endeavor to:

    • identify appropriate programs and learning environments
    • generate strategies, support systems
    • develop an IEP (Individual Education Plan)
    • implement the plan to help the child.


Early Intervention

Definition: Providing intervention services to students who struggle with academic skill development in Kindergarten and Grade 1, 2, 3.


The promising practice of early intervention in school, home and community received ongoing accolades. There is a strong emphasis on our District on the early acquisition of oral language skills, reading, and writing. This is evident with the Sound Connections program. The District feels so strongly about literacy that one of our District goals is the have all students to read at grade level by the end of grade three.

Early education is not just about literacy but also about developing students’ numeracy, social and emotional skills. 


Why early intervention? Research shows that educational disadvantage becomes entrenched by age 11. The sooner we can develop students’ academic and functional skills the more they will be successful in their academic career.

With Regular Classroom Teacher making the most of children’s primary school years and intervening with specialized staff where necessary we strive to help all children fulfill their potential.

Ongoing Intervention through Elementary, Middle and Secondary Years

An early intervention for all approach maintains a level of additional support through the grades. While later in the student’s educational career, we provide the earliest intervention possible. Many times we do not discover difficulties students have until the tasks we ask of them become much more complex and their difficulties begin to show.
Educators can also achieve great success by paying attention to early, but later, intervention when it consists of intensive services by specialized staff. You will see the district and school based service staff in the right hand column.


Intervention from Grade 4 on will usually be articulated in a student’s IEP or Service Plan.


Many students with developmental disabilities require life-long assistance to meet a level of functional skills. Staff work with students needing this type of intervention mostly in classrooms, but sometimes pull students aside in the classroom for targeted interventions,  or rarely pull them out for intensive work.