Should I attend the IPRC? Or should I waive the right to an IPRC this year?
The initial Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) for a student may take place at any time in the year, but the annual Review typically takes place at the end of the school year, in April, May or June. By law the parents or legal guardian must be invited to the IPRC meeting, and many schools will try to accommodate parent availability. You may be offered the option of waiving your right to an IPRC. You should attend the meeting.
At the IPRC the members will review the strengths and needs and assessment information about the student to determine whether the student still meets the criteria to be identified as exceptional. The members will also discuss the placement and consider whether it needs to be changed. For most students, the exceptionality will be unchanged and the placement in a regular class will be the same. You may decide that the current placement and Individual Education Plan (IEP) are meeting your child’s needs and you may be undecided about the need to attend the IPRC. By attending the meeting you are showing your interest in your child and remaining engaged with the school staff.
In some cases your child’s needs or the available placement options may have changed. Some school boards have special programs in self-contained classes that are only available for students in specific grades, for example classes for students with Learning Disability. Or your child may be facing a change in school at the end of Grade 6 or Grade 9. For these important events you should plan to attend the IPRC and ask whether you can visit the placement options available. You need to be part of these important decisions and to be informed about next year’s placement. For some students there will need to be a transition plan to help your child adjust to the changes and you can assist in the development of the plan.
Remember, your participation in the IPRC process, and any decisions made, will support your child’s success at school.
Parent Tips from Alison Morse, Provincial Coordinator – Special Education
The Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) determines whether the student is exceptional and what type of placement would best meet the student needs.
A student is identified as exceptional when their learning needs meet the criteria for:
• Communication (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Language Impairment, Speech Impairment, Deaf or hard of Hearing)
• Intellectual (Giftedness, Developmental Disability, Mild Intellectual Disability)
• Physical (Physical Disability, Blind Low Vision)
Placement options include regular classroom with support or a congregated or self-contained class.