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River East Transcona School Division
creating student success
 

We believe that all students can learn and that all students want to learn. Staff in our Student Services Unit (based out of two locations: the Polson Unit located in Polson School, and the Kildare Unit at 760 Kildare Ave. E.) play an integral role in collaborating with school staff to support students with learning, social/emotional, sensory, behavioural, physical, cognitive, adaptive, communication and health care needs to meet their full potential as learners and to flourish personally and socially. Built on a foundation of inclusion, our multi-disciplinary team of professionals assists school staff in providing services and programming to students and teachers via a continuum of supports and services and a framework for service delivery.

Each school in RETSD has an assigned team of divisional student services staff to support the school team in providing appropriate educational programming for students:

Consultants

Provide leadership in the area of educational planning and programming for students with learning and behaving needs; use research-based strategies to provide ongoing mentorship and support for divisional and school-based student services personnel, teachers and administrators.

Student Re-Entry Consultant

Works with school teams to meet the educational needs of students who have been removed from the learning environment; assists with successful re-entry to school.

Attendance Officer

Makes connections with students/parents in their homes; investigates unexplained or unlawful absences as defined in the Public Schools Act.

 Early Years Behaviour Coach

Supports students in kindergarten and Grade 1 with identified learning and behaving needs through implementation of the First Step to Success program with students and families.

Inclusion Teachers

Work with school staff to provide professional learning and promote inclusive practices using the Planning for Inclusive Community Schools tool;       co-ordinate the divisional Aquatics Program, bowling league and music therapy; provide classroom-based support to teachers related to universal design for learning.

Occupational Therapists

Provide consultation, screening, specialized assessment, intervention and equipment for students experiencing fine motor, sensory processing, adaptive skills and/or accessibility needs; provide professional learning and training for the staff who supports the students. 

Physiotherapists

Provide consultation, screening, specialized assessment, intervention and equipment for students experiencing gross motor mobility, physical co-ordination or muscle weakness needs; provide professional learning and training for the staff who supports the students. 

Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support Teachers

Work with school teams to develop, implement and evaluate schoolwide Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports in all schools; provide professional learning to teachers and support with classroom management.

Psychologists

Provide consultation, specialized assessment and intervention for students experiencing cognitive-learning, behavioural, social-emotional and mental health needs including crisis intervention and threat assessment; provide professional learning and training for the staff who supports the students. 

Reading Clinicians

Provide consultation, specialized assessment and resources for students experiencing difficulty with literacy development; coordinate the Reading Tutor program for eligible students in grades 2 to 8; provide professional learning and training for the staff who supports the students.

School Social Workers

Provide consultation, specialized assessment and intervention for students and families experiencing social-emotional needs, family stressors and/or community issues that impact school functioning including crisis intervention and threat assessment; provide professional learning and training for the staff who supports the students.

Speech Language Pathologists

Provide consultation, screening, specialized assessment,  intervention, equipment (speech generating devices) and training for students experiencing speech, language and communication needs; co-ordinate the Speech Language Development Program for eligible students in early years; provide professional learning and training for the personnel who support the students.