SOAR Section 23

Limestone Learning Foundation

When the need for treatment by a child or youth is so severe that a regular day school or special education classroom cannot serve his/her social/emotional, mental health and/or medical needs, educational programs may be provided by district school boards in collaboration with community partners, for school-aged youth, who for various reasons, are unable to attend regular schools as per the provisions of Section 23 of the Ministry of Education's General Legislative Grant Regulation (Reg. 287/98).

Students considered very high risk may receive an educational program in an intensive care/treatment or corrections facility. Both Residential and Day Treatment Programs are delivered in self-contained classrooms in community schools, open or closed custody facilities or correctional institutions.

LDSB elementary or secondary teachers, qualified in special education, and in some cases, educational assistants, work in partnership with agency care, treatment and corrections staff. The primary purpose of these programs is treatment. Academic components emphasize literacy, numeracy, and learning skills. The majority of secondary students work on credits towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Individual educational and treatment plans are created to address students' strengths and needs.

The length of time spent in Section 23 program reflects a student's particular situation. Where the multi-disciplinary staff in the facility agrees, and ongoing assessment indicates the child's/youth's readiness, re-admission to a community school is considered. The facility and the school board work co-operatively with community agencies and the receiving school to create a plan for the successful transition of the pupil. Upon enrolment in the school, the pupil may be considered for either regular or special education class placement.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.