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459 Victoria Avenue West
Thunder Bay, ON. P7C 0A4
Phone: (807) 625-1555
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Advisory Committee - SEAC

What is SEAC?

SEAC stands for Special Education Advisory Committee. Legislation requires that all school boards in Ontario have a SEAC.

What Does SEAC Do?

The purpose of SEAC is to advise the Board of Trustees on all matters related to the provision of special education programs and services to exceptional pupils.

An exceptional pupil is one whose behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical, or multiple exceptionalities are such that he or she requires placement in a special education program (learning centre / resource room support or special class placement). A pupil is designated as exceptional by an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) established by the school board.

Who Serves on SEAC?

SEAC is largely made up of parents, many of whom represent a local association that is concerned with children with special needs. Also serving on SEAC are members of the Board of Trustees and, in an advisory capacity, two members of the school board's administration.

What Happens at the Meetings?

SEAC meetings usually include a variety of agenda items. Discussion may focus on evaluation of ongoing programs, proposed changes to current special education services, or development of new procedures. SEAC also has input with respect to the allocation of special education finances. Often, presentations are made by guest speakers, such as teachers of exceptional pupils or association members.

When Are Meetings Held?

SEAC meets once each month from September to June, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the school board office (459 West Victoria Street). Meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome. The meeting schedule can be obtained from the Education Centre switchboard (625-1555).

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