Procedures for British Columbia Group 1 and Group 2 Independent Schools
A teacher may refer a student to the school principal or special education coordinator. The teacher, school principal or special education coordinator will obtain an Independent School Screening Checklist from the Office of the Inspector of Independent Schools website This form helps to determine the student's strengths, needs and eligibility. The form is completed by the school team and returned to the Office of the Inspector of Independent Schools.
Request for Service
If the student is chosen by the Independent Schools Screening Committee to receive SET-BC services, the school-based team and parent will be asked to complete a Request for Service form. SET-BC services are provided at 3 times during the school year called Service Cycles. The Request for Service form will be due in advance of one of those Service Cycles.
Collaborative Action Plan
The school team will then take part in developing a Collaborative Action Plan with the SET-BC regional consultant. The consultant will assist the team to determine what strategies and technology best meet the needs of the student.
SET-BC loans technology systems to school districts and to Group 1 and Group 2 Independent Schools. All SET-BC equipment can be identified by a SET-BC bar code sticker with a 5 or 6-digit id number. At the time of the original request, the members of the student's school-based team completed a CAP (Collaborative Action Plan) to request the system and plan for its implementation. A copy of the original CAP should be in your student's official records.
Provision / Training / Support
SET-BC offers a wide range of training activities on the educational use of assistive technologies. When SET-BC provides a student equipment loan, the student's school based team receives training on the implementation of the technology in the classroom. This type of training is usually arranged at CAP meetings, or during the follow-up contact to monitor the student's progress.
School staff can also attend SET-BC workshops or web based trainings on a wide range of topics, such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) issues, alternate access, or vision technologies. Information about SET-BC workshops or web based training is available on the SET-BC website, or from the SET-BC regional consultant.
SET-BC's primary focus each year is assisting school teams to get new technology up and running. SET-BC also provides comprehensive in-service activities for educators. SET-BC consultants can be contacted at any time if the school team requires assistance with training or implementation.
SET-BC Technical Support Centre
The SET-BC Technical Support Centre provides equipment repair, maintenance, parts, software upgrades and technical support for assistive technologies provided by the SET-BC Loan Bank. For questions related to technical support, please call the SET-BC Support Centre Toll Free in BC at:
Or 604-269-2222 in the Greater Vancouver Area.