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HomeMy WebLinkAboutP 120 SES - Privately Paid Profess. ParaProfess. and External Agencies - 1 - P.120.SES POLICY P.120.SES TITLE: PRIVATELY-PAID PROFESSIONALS, PARAPROFESSIONALS AND EXTERNAL AGENCIES Date issued: November 2007 Revised: Authorization: Board: 27 November 2007 1.0 OBJECTIVE To provide for collaboration with privately-paid professionals, paraprofessionals and partnerships with external agencies. 2.0 DEFINITIONS In this policy, 2.1 Collaboration means a mutually beneficial and supportive arrangement, endorsed by the school, between a parent/guardian and a privately-paid professional and/or paraprofessional to assist in the development of educational programs that meet the needs of individual students. 2.2 College means a regulatory body established under Ontario Government regulations. Members of a college are required by law to deliver competent, ethical, and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges for their professional behaviour and activities. 2.3 External agency means a community mental health, physical health or social service organization including its staff of professionals and paraprofessionals. 2.4 Paraprofessional means an individual with relevant post-secondary education or on- the-job training who works under the supervision of a professional including, but not limited to: art therapists, behaviour therapists, child therapists, child and youth workers, communication disorders assistants, physiotherapy assistants, drug and alcohol counselors, youth counselors, occupational therapy assistants. 2.5 Partnership means an ongoing, mutually beneficial and supportive arrangement between a school and an external agency to supplement or extend opportunities for student success and who share values, objectives, resources and responsibilities to achieve desired learning outcomes. - 2 - P.120.SES 2.6 Partner refers to an external agency or member(s) of an external agency with whom the Ottawa Carleton District School Board has an ongoing, mutually beneficial and supportive arrangement to provide new opportunities for student success. 2.7 Professional means an individual who is member of the regulated college for their profession in Ontario, including, but not limited to: audiologists, occupational therapists, opticians, optometrists, pharmacists, physicians, physiotherapists, psychologists, psychological associates, registered nurses, social workers, social services workers, speech-language pathologists. 3.0 POLICY 3.1 The Board supports collaboration with privately-paid professionals and paraprofessional for the development and implementation of educational programs that meet the needs of our students. 3.2 The Board supports the establishment of partnerships with external agencies to supplement existing opportunities and to develop new opportunities for student success. 3.3 All partnerships and collaborations shall be intended to produce measurable benefits for students and shall be consistent with the Board’s educational values, beliefs, policies , and procedures. 4.0 SPECIFIC DIRECTIVES 4.1 Partnerships and collaborations shall supplement the services provided by Ottawa- Carleton District School Board professional and support services staff. 4.2 Conditions of access to schools and students by partners shall safeguard staff and students’ well-being. 4.3 Privately paid professionals and paraprofessionals, retained by a parent for the benefit of his or her child, who meet the conditions of access, must complete a Conditions of Access Form prior to providing services in schools. Conditions of access include informed consent, proof of insurance, guarantees of confidentiality, criminal records check and other measures to safeguard students and staff of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Privately paid professionals and paraprofessionals retained by parents for the benefit of his or her child, may provide observation, consultation and demonstration in schools. The services may be provided in classrooms, school offices, during school hours if mutually agreed and consistent with the aims of the service. 4.4 Partnerships with external agencies may provide supplemental services identified in a school or board improvement plan if the method of payment is mutually agreed and board stipulated conditions of access are agreed. 4.5 The Director of Education is authorized to issue such procedures as may be necessary to implement this policy. 5.0 REFERENCE DOCUMENTS - 3 - P.120.SES The Education Act Ontario Regulation 181/98 Ethical Guidelines for Business-Education Partnerships, 1995: The Conference Board of Canada Board Procedure PR.555.SCO: Volunteers Board Procedure PR.535.GOV: Partnerships, Sponsorships, Donations and Cooperative Ventures Board Procedure PR.657: Access and Services Provided by Privately-Paid Professional and/or Paraprofessionals in Schools Board Procedure PR.658: Partnerships with External Agencies in Schools /!-- This code was added to remove the metadata from document view in Weblink -->