Supports for Students - Student Services

CCRSB Mission Statement: We develop independent lifelong learners in a student-centered environment with high expectations for all.

Welcome to Student Services!  Our team of dedicated and caring professionals is committed to meeting the educational needs of each student referred to our attention. To this end, a variety of programs and supports are available to address differences in learning for students with a wide range of special needs.

Introduction


Welcome to Student Services!  Our team of dedicated and caring professionals is committed to meeting the educational needs of each student referred to our attention. To this end, a variety of programs and supports are available to address differences in learning for students with a wide range of special needs.

Service is provided to schools on a "needs" basis, within available resources, following the stages of the provincially mandated program planning process as described in the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) publications, Special Education Policy, 2008 and The Program Planning Process: A Guide for Parents, 2016.

The program planning process is designed to accommodate special needs of all types; from the most basic physical, social, behavioural and learning challenges to the most advanced gifts and talents. While the majority of students are fully integrated into the regular classes, there are a number of special education classes throughout our school board.

All Student Services programming delivered in CCRSB is consistent with policies and guidelines published in the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Special Education Policy, 2008, provisions of The Education Act, the current Public School Program, and with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s guidelines, policies and procedures.

If you have a question about the supports provided, please contact the Student Services Department at 1-800-770-0008 (toll free) or 902-897-8955.

Who We Are

The Student Services Team

Stephanie Isenor-Ryan, Coordinator of Student Services
902-897-8955
IsenorS@ccrsb.ca

Student Services Consultants

Janet Balignasay, Celtic Family of Schools
902-755-8109
BalignasayJ@ccrsb.ca

Sandra Bateman, Chignecto Family of Schools
902-597-4209
BatemanSL@ccrsb.ca

Janine Boutilier, Cobequid Family of Schools
902-896-5744
BoutilierJE@ccrsb.ca

Dan Stephenson, Nova Family of Schools
902-883-5373
StephensonDP@ccrsb.ca

Our staff also includes:

  • Assistive Technology Specialists
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialists
  • Behaviour Specialists
  • EAL (English As An Additional Language) Teacher
  • School Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

School-based staff supported by Student Services:

  • Educational Assistants
  • Guidance Counsellors
  • Learning Centre Teachers (previously known as Special Education/Life Skills or Extended Program Support Teachers)
  • Learning Disabilities Teachers
  • Resource Teachers (previously known as Program Support Teachers)

Who We Serve

The Student Services Division of the Education Services Department has the overall regional responsibility for providing, within available resources, leadership, resources (human and material) and support to schools such that appropriate programs and support services are planned and implemented to accommodate the growth and development of students with identified special needs.

Students with special needs are those children and youth who exhibit significant differences in growth and/or development which may require adaptations and/or changes to curriculum, learning materials, methodology, facilities, equipment and/or support services to meet their individual learning needs.

The Student Services Division supports the development and provision of appropriate educational opportunities for children and adolescents with special needs.  Special needs may be:

  • behavioural
  • cognitive
  • emotional
  • gifts and talents
  • learning disabilities
  • physical disabilities and/or health needs
  • sensory (vision, hearing, tactile)
  • social
  • speech and/or communication disorders

All students need the knowledge and skills to lead independent and purposeful lives.  Students will acquire knowledge and skills to varying degrees depending upon the interaction among several factors, including the nature and degree of the student’s exceptional needs, the motivation of the student, and the effectiveness of school / home / and community support systems.  Students who require special education services can have many, if not all, of their needs met in regular classrooms through the use of a variety of teaching and evaluation strategies, materials and supports.  Individual student needs are carefully examined and decisions are made in the context of the principle "only as special as necessary".