Accessibility

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to the continual improvement of accessibility to school board facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for students, staff, parents, guardians, volunteers and members of the community with disabilities.

The Multi-Year Annual Accessibility Plan (Pdf), describes the actions taken by HPEDSB in the past and actions to be taken during the five-year period from September 2013 to August 2018. The plan will identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities who work, learn and participate in the school board community and environment including students, staff, parents and guardians, volunteers and visitors to the Board at its schools.

The multi-year plan is developed in accordance with the Integration Accessibility Standards Regulation 191/11 (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA). HPEDSB will strive to provide an environment in all of its facilities that fosters independence, dignity and respect for persons with disabilities.

The AODA provides an enhanced emphasis on required actions to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. The AODA includes regulations with respect to:

  • Customer Services
  • Transportation
  • Information and Communications
  • Employment
  • The Building Environment

Please refer to Board Administrative Procedure 133: Accessibility Standards – General Outline (Pdf), which addresses procedures related to the AODA and the Board’s commitment to take into account a person’s disability for accessibility requirements.

Our commitment to accessibility is ongoing

  • The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) meets annually to review the plan.
  • We consult with people with disabilities to develop and review of the plan.
  • We ensure school board policies and procedures are consistent with the principles of accessibility.
  • We improve access to facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for students, staff, parents, guardians, volunteers and members of the community

In maintaining the plan, the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) invites advice from persons with disabilities by email at directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca. In selection of members of the committee, organizations are asked to appoint representatives with disabilities where possible.

HPEDSB actions to date

  • Reduced height of water fountains
  • Installed audio enhancement equipment
  • Improved access to automatic door opener buttons
  • Ensured chair lifts are in good repair
  • Improved accessibility signage
  • Improved training for self advocacy
  • Ensured consistency of educational assistant staffing
  • Continued emphasis on anti-bullying programs
  • Ensured clarity in fire safety plans for evacuation of persons with special needs (i.e.: wheelchairs)
  • Provided accessibility to school offices such as lower counter heights
  • Assisted persons with disabilities to strive for independence
  • Provided sufficient door access widths

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170 extension 2201

Fax: 613-962-1048

Email: directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca

School calendar

PLEASE NOTE: printed copies of the school year calendar will go home with students during the first week of school in September 2017.

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Seven professional activity (PA) days
    • Friday, September 29, 2017
    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • Friday, November 24, 2017
    • Friday, February 2, 2018
    • Friday, April 13, 2018
    • Friday, May 18, 2018
    • Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Last day of the school year: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Other school-related holidays
    • Thanksgiving Day: Monday, October 9, 2017
    • Christmas Break: Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018
    • Family Day: Monday, February 19, 2018
    • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, 2018
    • Good Friday: Friday, March 30, 2018
    • Easter Monday: Monday, April 2, 2018
    • Victoria Day: Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Exam/culminating activity days* for secondary schools
    • Thursday, January 25 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Thursday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • *Actual exam/culminating activity dates may vary, please confirm with each secondary school

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170

Fax: 613-961-2003

Email: information@hpedsb.on.ca

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Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is a legislated, statutory committee of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB).

The role of SEAC is to report and make recommendations to the school board regarding any matter affecting Special Education programs and services for exceptional students.

Membership is made up of associations, parents/guardians, board and community representatives.

SEAC represents the interest of all children who have exceptional needs.

Special Education Advisory Committee

Special Education Advisory Committee

 

Membership is made up of associations, parents/guardians, board and community representatives.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Effective December, 2014 to November 2018 (Pdf)

Links and resources

If you are interested in attending a SEAC meeting, please email  Student Services student.services@hpedsb.on.ca for information. Attendance must be confirmed prior to all meetings.

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170

Fax: 613-966-9322

Email: seacchair@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: September 26, 2017 at 9:00 am