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2021 Educator Webinar Series

We are excited to offer our third webinar series with new topics designed to support the important work educators do every day and in this new Covid-19 climate. Educators play a crucial role in setting the stage for the healthy development of children with Down syndrome into adults who make positive contributions to their community. By guiding appropriate behaviour for successful social interactions in the classroom and school community, incorporating knowledge about communication strengths and challenges into daily routines, and using successful strategies for teaching children with Down syndrome to engage in academics, we are teaching skills that will optimize the potential for full social inclusion.

Please join DSRF speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and teachers for a comprehensive 8-part webinar series designed to maximize successful participation in the classroom, community, and in virtual instruction for learners with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. This series is for classroom teachers, resource teachers, education assistants and other professionals who work in the school setting. Registration is for the entire series and the cost is $200. Each presentation is 1 hour with 15 minutes for questions/discussion and takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb 13 - Mar 18 (4:00-5:15 pm PT).

Copy and paste this URL in your browser to learn more or to register:

https://fundraise.dsrf.org/event/2021-educator-webinar-series/e322600


CRIS Spring Break Family Adventures

Please see this brochure on adaptive adventures for Spring Break 2021:CRIS Spring Break Family Adventures.pdf


2019 - 2020 Year End Reporting Guidelines

Please click here to view the Year End Reporting Guidelines - Parent Document


Online Safety for Students:

For information about the ever-changing online interests of young people, the potential risks they face and proactive strategies to help keep your child/adolescent safe while online, please visit:  http://www.protectkidsonline.ca/app/en/


Interior Health Links:

For information about promoting healthy children and schools, please visit: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourHealth/SchoolHealth/Pages/default.aspx

For information about Interior Health services in schools, please visit: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/sites/Partners/SchoolDistricts/Pages/default.aspx


Mental Health e-Services

Wellness Together Canada is a "one-stop shop" offering a wide range of e-mental health services and supports at no cost to Canadians

WTC is funded by Health Canada and was created as a response to the mental health needs of Canadians in the wake of COVID-19.


Partners for Inclusive Education


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Updates



At the February 8, 2021 Partners for Inclusive Education Meeting, Kristyn Marshall and Jeff Prasad,  Student Support Services Consultants for Central Okanagan Public Schools, presented on Modified and Life Skills Programs.  Modified and Life Skills Programs Presentation.pdf

Community Living BC (CLBC) is offering Welcome Workshops 'to introduce people to CLBC and show how community and different service and supports fit together in the big picture of adulthood'. CLBC Welcome Workshops During COVID-19.pdf

January 25, 2021 - Please note that the Partners for Inclusive Education meetings have been changed to the second Monday of each month commencing at 6:00 pm.   Meetings are currently being held by Zoom and the log-in information for meetings can be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent at 250-470-3256.

At the December 7, 2020 Partners for Inclusive Education Meeting,  Suzanne Perreault, Parent and School Trustee for School District No. 35 (Langley) presented on IEP's & Language.  Presentation of Suzanne Perreault - IEP's and Language.pptx

At the November 2, 2020 Partners for Inclusive Education Meeting, Tracy Humphreys, Founder and Chair of BCEdAccess presented on Inclusive Education - Advocacy and Rights in BC - BCEdAccess Society 2020.  Inclusive Education - Advocacy and Rights in BC.pdf

At the October 5, 2020 Partners for Inclusive Education Meeting, Al Lalonde, Assistant Superintendent and Sherri McKinnon, District Principal for Learning Services, made a presentation on Learning Support Services & Social Emotional Well-Being - What is it all about?  Learning Support Services - Social Emotional Well-Being Presentation.pdf
A presentation was also made by Tracey Beckett, Regional Network Coordinator, Family Support Institute of BC, on Families Supporting Families.  Family Support Institute of BC Presentation.pdf

COVID-19 Update: The Ministry of Education has partnered with inclusive education advocate and storyteller Shelley Moore on a new video series to better support students with disabilities learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Released every Tuesday and Thursday, these short videos include strategies for parents to help keep their kids connected and engaged with their learning during these extraordinary times. 

Please click here for Five Moore Minutes Special Home Learning Edition YouTube Channel

Resources:

Inclusion BC
Dyslexia BC
Disability Alliance BC
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Autism Community Training
Family Support Institute
Autism Support Network
BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
Learning Disabilities Association of BC
Pathways BC (Multiple resources)

Student Support Services

Find our mission, departments, and contacts for your area here: Student Support Services Home

  
  
  
Folder: Mental Health Information for Parents and Caregivers
  
BC Dogwood Planner 2018-2019.pdf
  
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CLBC Welcome Workshops During COVID-19.pdf
  
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CRIS Spring Break Family Adventures.pdf
  
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Family Support Institute of BC Presentation.pdf
  
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Grad Planner 2018-2019.pdf
  
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Inclusive Education - Advocacy and Rights in BC.pdf
  
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Kelowna Child Care Society - Young Parent Program.pdf
  
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Learning Support Services - Social Emotional Well-Being Presentation.pdf
  
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Modified and Life Skills Programs Presentation.pdf
  
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Presentation of Suzanne Perreault - IEP's and Language.pptx
  
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Presentation of Suzanne Perreault.pptx
  
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Personal Learning Devices

Currently, Central Okanagan Public Schools has a volume purchasing agreement to supply schools with laptops and Chromebooks at a significantly discounted price. This agreement allows the School District to extend the option to Central Okanagan families of purchasing these devices at the same volume price that the District receives.  

Over the past several years, many families have inquired about the possibility of purchasing the same personal learning devices that our schools have as they are “ruggedized” and designed for student use.  As such, we have created the opportunity for interested families to purchase these same personal learning devices for their children.    

CLICK HERE to learn more.