Lakeshore School Division supports Manitoba Education's commitment to fostering inclusion for all people. Students with and without special needs should experience school as similarly as possible.
Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued and safe. An inclusive community consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members. Through recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of citizenship.
In Manitoba, we embrace inclusion as a means of enhancing the well-being of every member of the community. By working together, we strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a richer future for all of us.
(ME, Standards for Student Services, 2006)
Services Available to Students and Families
Student Services Administrator
The Student Services Administrator supports the collaborative efforts of school teams to provide appropriate programming for students with exceptional learning, emotional, behavioural, physical, and special health-care needs through a philosophy of inclusion. The Student Services Administrator coordinates the involvement of community, regional and provincial agencies as required for students.
Divisional Social Workers
Two full time Social Workers provide services that strengthen home, school, and community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. The social worker works with students at school; provides parenting support; coordinates intervention plans between school and home, and promotes and assists with communication between the home and school in regards to the student's progress plan.
The Educational Psychologist conducts individual student assessments as requested by school staff and parents/guardians, and provides recommendations regarding an educational program, along with academic and behavioural strategies.
Divsional Speech and Language Pathologist
Three part time Speech and Language Pathologists assess and diagnose speech and language disorders and provide direct and indirect service to referred students in the area of speech and language. They develop individualized communication programs for children through consult with school staff and parents, they maintain clinical documentation, and as well, initiate appropriate referrals to other professionals.
School Based Supports
Resource/Learning Support Teachers
Through consultation, collaboration and communication, Learning Support Teachers assess students to determine learning needs and assist with the development and implementation of the programs for funded and resource students. Learning Support Teachers facilitate team meetings with all educational partners within and outside of the division, they also assist in the coordination of the health needs of students, Kindergarten screening, and vision and hearing screening.
Guidance Counselors participate in the consultation process as part of the inter-disciplinary team approach to respond to the personal/social, educational, and career development of students. Counselors provide direct and indirect services to students in need through individual and small group sessions, crisis intervention, staff and parent/guardian consultation, and workshop presentations.
Educational Assistants (EAs) are hired to support professional staff, such as teachers and clinicians in providing appropriate educational programming for students. EAs participate as members of school teams, provide help for individual and/or small groups of students, and assist in the supervision of students.
If you would like more information regarding specific services available to your family, please speak with your child's classroom teacher.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Terri Otto
Student Services Administrator
Lakeshore School Division
Eriksdale, MB R0C 0W0
Phone: 204-739-2101 ext. 1232