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Registering Your Child With Special Needs

Registering From Preschool 

Parents/Guardians must register their child at their community school. Parents fill out a Transition to School Form at the time of Registration.  If your child has been involved with any community agencies such as Children First, John McGivney Children’s Centre, Windsor Regional Children’s Centre, or daycare centers, it is essential that information is shared.

Registering at an Elementary School

Parents/Guardians must register their child at their community school and notify the Principal of any special needs.  The principal will work in conjunction with Special Education Services to Facilitate a smooth transition.
 

Registering at a Secondary School

Parents/Guardians must register their child at their community school and notify the Principal of any special needs.  Your child may work with the Student Success Teacher, Learning Support Teacher and/or the Guidance counselor to facilitate a smooth transition.

Being Prepared

Partnerships between the Greater Essex County DSB and community agencies have been strengthened over the years and certainly serve as a strong preliminary step in identifying children “at risk” or children with special needs. At the preschool level numerous agencies may be involved, assessments and reports may be available and parents may have begun partnering with other professionals to ensure the needs of their children will be met. Preschool identification, assessment and programming is a collaborative effort between parents, school and agencies. Early identification procedures and programs are reinforced and strengthened by ongoing dialogue and appropriate responses.

Ensure your child’s vision and hearing have been checked

The Greater Essex County DSB strongly believes that seeing and hearing are key to student learning. We ask parents to have their child’s hearing and vision checked prior to school beginning. Vision appointments may be booked directly through any number of local Optometrists and are free to children up to 18 years of age. A hearing check may be obtained through your family doctor.

Preparing for a Change in Schools

At the elementary and secondary levels, numerous agencies may be involved, assessments and reports may be available and parents may have begun partnering with other professionals to ensure the needs of their children are met.

Programming is a collaborative effort between parents, school and agencies. Communication of information is essential for a smooth transition. A range of supports and services are available, pending consultation with Special Education Services. Additional information can be obtained through the Principal.