District Principal of Student Support Services is responsible for:

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establishing and maintaining effective ways of identifying and assessing students
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determining, planning, and organizing services and programs  
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obtaining and coordinating the fiscal and human resources needed to deliver a full range of programs and services
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participating in community-level planning with other agencies and ministries in setting service priorities.
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participating in local inter-ministerial committees designed to provide coordinated services for children and youth;
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providing advice and assistance in the development of safe, caring and orderly schools
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maintaining information systems necessary for planning and reporting data on students
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planning and coordinating staff development programs

Speech and Language Services
District Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) provide services related to screening, identifying, assessing, managing, rehabilitating and preventing communication disorders.
Communication delays and disorders affect:

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articulation (sound production)
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receptive language (both understanding and reading)
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expressive language (both speaking and writing)
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fluency (stuttering)
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voice
These services may be provided as direct therapy or as consultation with other members of a school team.
The Speech and Language Pathologists in School District No. 53 are certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada; and must maintain registration with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.

District Teacher of the Hard of Hearing

A student is considered to be deaf or hard of hearing when they have a medically diagnosed hearing loss which results in substantial educational difficulty.

The educational program for a student who is deaf or hard of hearing should include specific instruction in:

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working with school teams to develop and Individual Education Plan (IEP)
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performing classroom observations and assessments
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providing information regarding hearing loss, implications and suggested strategies
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providing in-service on hearing loss and related issues
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teaching skillsthat are unique to students with hearing loss
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for deaf students - signing and all related skills
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for hard of hearing students - ensure equipment is available
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teaching self-advocacy skills for indepenent learning and thinking
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keeping students abreast on current technologies
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liaising with community agencies and support groups
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assisting with program or school transitions
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providing consultative services for students


District Elementary Counselling Services                                                
An elementary counsellor is a consultative itinerant district staff member who is responsive to the social/emotional needs of students.

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provide individual (or group) counselling for students (Kindergarten to Grade 7)
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support students with emotional concerns, life challenges, or to assist with skill development
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address anxiety, depression, poor social choices, behaviour struggles, events at home which affect school life
Crisis Support Links:           
        
Local Counselling Support:              

Anxiety Resources:              

Drug and Alcohol Counselling Support:           


School Psychologist
School psychology services are district-based, non-categorical educational and mental health services designed to support students, school personnel and parents in understanding and enhancing academic, adaptive and social skills for students.

The school psychologist:

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provides collaborative consultation;
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may assist with pre-referral interventions;
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provides psycho-educational assessment for students referred by the school-based team;
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writes formal psycho-educational assessments which serve as diagnostic and planning functions for students with special needs and may include assessment of cognitive functioning;
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provides information that assists teachers and parents to better understand the nature of the special need, developmental factors, and educational, social, emotional and career implications;
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may provide ongoing collaborative planning;
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may contribute to the design and evaluation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP); and
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may provide in-service training in the area of assessment.


Contact school directly for student support services information

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Secretary of Student Support Services
Contact Tanya at 250-498-3481 ext.104 or
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District Principal of Student Support Services
Shendah Benoit
Phone: 250-498-3481 ext 106
sbenoit@sd53.bc.ca

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