Learning Centre

Please contact Ms. Ruttan or Ms. Bodo for any learning support inquiries.

Student Services

Student Services is a department of Rocky View Schools.  When the school resource team requests a formal assessment of a student, the services of one of the Division's Educational Psychologists and/or Program Specialists may be sought.  When the resource team requests a formal assessment of a student (and sometimes an informal assessment) permission will be sought by the classroom teacher from the parent to have a referral made to Student Services.  Parents will be made fully aware of all results and consulted prior to any recommendations being implemented.

Special Needs Students

The Resource Team, along with classroom teachers, work together to identify students whose achievement is inconsistent with their "learning potential".  The Resource Team consists of an administrator, program specialist and/or educational psychologist, the child development advisor and at least two teachers.  This team meets regularly with classroom teachers who refer students who are experiencing learning difficulties.  Once identified, a special needs student may:

  • Be assisted, with modifications to his or her program by the classroom teacher.
  • Receive the assistance of a resource specialist(s) who is on staff at this school.  Such an instructional program is designed around the special learning needs of the individual students.  In the case of students receiving assistance from the resource specialist, an Individual Program Plan (IPP) for each student is created.

The Resource Team may:

  • Recommend informal assessments and observations.
  • Ask for more information.
  • Request formal assessment and observations.
  • Offer suggestions.
  • Make program recommendations.
  • Recommend placement in a class or program.
  • Request formal assessments.
  • Recommend referral to a pediatrician through the family doctor.
  • Correspond through the administrator with outside agencies.

When a referral to the Resource Team is made, the parent is always informed.  When the Resource Team requests an educational assessment or assistance with the development of a student program, a referral may be made to the program specialist.  The program specialist uses a number of instruments to assess learning and achievement.  The specialist may observe students and consult with the teacher.  The specialist provides suggestions to the teacher and the parent.  NOTE:  The specialist will not begin formal assessment without the written permission of the parent.  Once the assessment is complete, a written report is prepared and will be shared with the teacher and the parent.  Parents will always be invited to the school to discuss the report and any recommendations before the report is considered complete.  The insights and ideas that parents bring to such discussions are valuable.  A copy of the report is placed in the student's confidential file.  The file is always open to the parent.  If an IPP is created, this plan is considered a working document that lists ideas, strategies and resources.  The plan also contains learning goals that are reviewed on a regular basis.
Health Services

Calgary Regional Health Services provides several health services through the school.  These include vision testing, hearing testing, immunization, health education and counseling, speech and language assessment, speech and language therapy and development, visual inspection of teeth and classroom preventative dental education on request.

The Alberta Child Health Benefit is available for children in low-income families.  Eligibility depends upon your income and the number of eligible children in your family.  For more information contact the Alberta Child Health Benefit these ways:

http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/AWonline/3821.html

or call 1.877.469.5437

or email: achb@gov.ab.ca

Our school nurse will come to the school for one-half day each week.

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