How Does SEAC Operate?

As mentioned previously in this document, every school board in Ontario is required to constitute a SEAC to provide it with feedback, advice and recommendations on special education activities and policies. The OCDSB is no exception.

SEAC performs its mission in a number of ways:

  1. SEAC holds monthly meetings of its members and may have meetings in between as needed. These meetings are public. The agenda is published in advance. District personnel, both in administrative and in professional capacities, support these monthly SEAC meetings. SEAC members participate on Standing Committees of the Board, and may have standing on Ad Hoc Committees.
  2. SEAC members participate in sub-committees and working groups of the SEAC. Examples of these include the Communications Sub-Committee and the Chair’s Working Group.
    1. The Communications Sub-Committee’s role is to support and enhance SEAC internal communications, as well as to increase parental knowledge and School Council awareness of SEAC and its role. It also works to increase awareness of Special Education services available to students within the OCDSB and to review Board special education communications vehicles and make recommendations for enhancements.
    2. The Chair’s Working Group meets whenever needed. Its key roles are:
      • To discuss priorities for SEAC throughout the school year and bring back to SEAC for discussion and approval
      • To deal with issues which may arise between regular monthly SEAC meetings
      • To review, analyze and prepare recommendations for SEAC consideration and action

Other SEAC Working Groups, Task Forces, etc may be created.