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Transitions for Identified Students
Transitions for Identified Students
Transition planning is one of a number of planning processes intended to enable exceptional students to attend school, to benefit to their full potential from school programs, and to make a successful transition into adult life. The transition planning and process begins at first entry to school, whether at kindergarten or in elementary or secondary, and continues through until the student leaves the public school system, as well as everything with 5 signs pointing in different directions
Note: Effective September 2014, all students with an exceptionality, whether they have an IEP or not, are required to have a Transition Plan as part of their IEP. Each year of school presents different opportunities and challenges to the student who is identified as exceptional.

Depending on the needs of the student, some or all of the following plans may be required:

Kindergarten Entry with Early Intervention Services Support:

  • All children entering kindergarten in York Region are initially enrolled into their home school.
  • When an child is identified as having special needs by his or her parent(s)/guardians or by Early Intervention Services (EIS) personnel, a transition meeting is held prior to school entry.

Students with Special Needs Entering YRDSB for the First Time​:

  • All students entering YRDSB for the first time MUST enroll into their home school.
  • When the Principal becomes aware that a student with special needs will be entering their school for the first time, the Principal shall contact the CEC Student Services Coordinator.
  • Parent(s)/Guardians will be asked for copies of assessment reports and any other relevant information.
  • Based upon the review of assessment information and discussions with the CEC Student Services Coordinator, a meeting will be held with the parent(s)/guardians.

Secondary to Post Secondary Transition:

  • Staff assist students in clarifying their educational options and career alternatives as they make decisions related to post-secondary opportunities.
  • The Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) and the Individual Education Plan (IEP), with the Transition Plan, will all be instrumental in this process.




Creating Pathways to Success, 2013
Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide, 2005
Shared Solutions, 2007
PPM 140 - Incorporating methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) into programs for students with ASD
PPM 156 - Supporting Transitions for Students with Special Needs
Early Years Policy Framework
Early Years Strategy
Special Education in Ontario: Kindergarten to Grade 12 Policy & Resource Guide, 2017This document supersedes Special Education: A Guide for Educators (2001). It also supersedes the following policy and resource documents that have been released by the Ministry of Education to support educators in the implementation of effective programs and/or services for students with special education needs: • Standards for School Boards’ Special Education Plans (2000) • Individual Education Plans: Standards for Development, Program Planning, and Implementation (2000) • Transition Planning: A Resource Guide (2002) • The Individual Education Plan (IEP): A Resource Guide (2004) Note that while this document supersedes the two standards documents – Standards for School Boards’ Special Education Plans and Individual Education Plans: Standards for Development, Program Planning, and Implementation – the standards described in both documents remain unchanged and are reflected in this guide.

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