Exclusion of students with special needs and/or disabilities is a notable problem in BC K-12 schools. *Exclusion is, under the School Act, actually a suspension and the rules that govern this should be laid out in School Board policy in for each District.
Some aspects of this issue were addressed and documented last year in a survey conducted by BCCPAC. See the results of this survey here:
Students with special needs and or/disabilities are being excluded from school in a variety of ways. Some of these include:
- Being asked to stay home
- Being sent home
- Being dropped off late and/or picked up early by bussing services
- Being excluded from field trips
- Being excluded from typical learning activities – sent to resource room or sensory/isolation room