Special Education Program

EA Support COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Due to COVID-19 being with us for the foreseeable future, we will be working in a unique environment for the 2020-21 school year. Public health officials are encouraging each of us to do our part to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 where we work, live and play by following these health and safety guidelines: 

During COVID-19, online learning is the preferred method and should be considered. If online learning is not feasible, HCOS is preparing to provide in-person EA support to students/families in September with the following safety protocols in place. You will be notified of any modifications to the protocols below, should directives via Public Health and the Ministry of Education change.

Safety Measures for In-Person EA Support:

Other Recommendations: 

EAs Working at Community Connections:

Teachers will encourage their SE families to have disinfecting wipes/sprays available for use for high touch areas and workspaces. EAs are also encouraged to carry their own supply.

If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, call 811and monitor for symptoms. Please contact your SE teacher immediately. 

Thank you in advance for your part in helping to ensure that HCOS provides a healthy learning environment for students and Education Assistants.

Education Assistants (EAs)

The Ministry of Education has provided funds for the Distributed Learning (DL) Special Education program for your child. It is a privilege to have an Education Assistant (EA) working in your home.  HCOS values the commitment that Education Assistants make to students/families.

Parental/Guardian Expectations
Education Assistants - Scope of Work

The Education Assistant is contracted to provide the following services, as requested by HCOS:

Cancelled Sessions

It is vital that we are good stewards of the resources and people that are in place to assist in the education and support of students.

The following policies are in place around cancelled sessions. 

If there is a consistent pattern of cancelled EA sessions by the parent/guardian, this may result in the reduction or cancellation of EA services.


Installing and Using Read&Write

Written Instructions

Written Instructions for installing Read&Write in your Google Chrome Browser

Video Instructions

  1. Brief Description of Read&Write from HCOS' point of view
  2. Downloading Chrome
  3. Logging into Chrome with HCOS Student Account
  4. Adding the Read&Write Extension
  5. Google Drive - part of your HCOS Account
  6. Basic Functions of Read&Write

    1. Check It
    2. Word Prediction
    3. Dictionary (can read aloud)
    4. Picture Dictionary
    5. Text-to-Speech Tools
    6. Screenshot Reader
    7. Audio Maker
    8. Web Search
    9. Screen Mask (for students with visual tracking issues or Irlen syndrome)
    10. Talk&Type
    11. Translator
    12. Highlighter, Clear Highlights and Collect Highlights
    13. Vocabulary
    14. Voice Note
    15. Practice Reading Aloud


Quick Reference Chat - might be worthwhile printing



Video recorded May 8th as part of pilot training with some HCOS teachers.  Please watch if you want more in-depth training to support your child/student.

Documents from the training


Read&Write is also known as Google Read and Write



Special Education

Special Education (SE) Program

Our SE Program works with students who receive additional funding to help build specialized programs that aid in their success as learners. Our diverse and robust program is made up of British Columbia certified teachers who specialize in SE education, Education Assistants (EAs) who work directly with students in home, an experienced office support team, and a wide variety of community-based support services throughout the province. If you would like more information on our SE Program, please visit the SE Program page.

Learning Services (LS) Program

We also offer an LS Program for students who are not designated SE students but would benefit from specialized planning and, where possible, some additional support. Some students may have learning challenges that are outside of SE designations; these include but are not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, speech difficulties, giftedness, and written output delays. If you suspect your child would benefit from extra help and are seeking advice with regard to their learning, please contact your support teacher with your concerns. The support teacher will then contact our LS Team to discuss how best to offer support. For more information on our LS Program, please see this page: LS Program.

Individual Education Plan

In addition to a Student Learning Plan (SLP), which all students receive, students in our SE Division and some LS supported students also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that outlines specifically how their education program will be adapted to help them succeed. Teachers work closely with parents and other support team members to write the IEP.

Special Education Experiential Design - SEED


The HCOS Special Education Experiential Design (SEED) program, brings students together with Google Workspace including Google Classroom and many other digital resources, allowing EA or parent support to be given easily. The exciting and innovative virtual tools create expectations that encourage students to strive to reach their potential. SEED successfully captivates students, allowing them to learn at their own pace and through their personal interests. SEED facilitates a group experience in a creative environment under the guidance and direction of an HCOS SEED teacher. The virtual aspect allows pacing, technology in the place of handwriting, and robust support through EA and/or parents in the home.


A high percentage of students move on from SEED to a Dogwood or Adult Dogwood, when it wasn't part of the original planning earlier in their academic schooling. SEED focus on building the core competencies, building on a student's strengths and teaching students how to self advocate for support. SEED also helps students who want academic programs when Dogwood isn't the focus. Most students end up doing 2-3 years of the SEED program due to their huge growth, an increase of self-confidence, social skills and even taking on leadership within the small group synchronous classes. 

Vision Statement

In Experiential Design, the goal is that all learning (SEED) is planted deeply and given the opportunity to be rooted and grounded with solid comprehension. By fully experiencing learning practically and personally with authentic and meaningful projects wherein choice, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are a part of the teaching pedagogy, students’ educational experiences will far surpass mere knowledge without experience. Learners will be filled up with the richest of opportunities to grow and blossom into who God has created them to be, and also be provided with meaningful interactions and experiences with the world around them as followers of our amazing, loving God.

Ephesians 3: 16-19 Amp.
May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].


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2021/2022 SEED Course Offerings


The heart and soul of the SEED Program and the SEED Teachers is to love, care, and guide each individual student along their own path, fulfilling the academic and social goals of BC’s Modernized Curriculum. Through the guidance, inspiration, and support of the Holy Spirit, we, the SEED teachers, hope that the students will experience the knowledge of God’s love for themselves. Benefits of the program include:

Student Tasks

Class Connections

Start Dates

Technology & Resources Needed and Utilized

Student Admittance Process

  1. Only available to Special Education or Learning Services designated students.  KQPR and ADFGH SE grant students.  If you are unsure, please contact your casemanager teacher.
  2. The application form is completed by SE Teacher or LS Regional Administrator.
  3. HCOS considers the privacy and protection of student information of utmost importance. We also hold the value of community and relationship between students and teachers to be paramount. In an online learning environment this is achieved primarily through the use of technology including, but not limited to: Zoom, Google Workplace, Google Classroom, and FlipGrid.

    These services, and others, allow our teachers and students to share information, share recorded class sessions and interact with each other at a distance. As such student names and faces may be visible in recordings shared with students and parents.

    Prior to participating in a class that may involve some form of recorded student presence we ask that you review our online session recordings policy and complete the question below.
    Online Recording Policy
    Please let you SE or LS teacher know that you agree with this policy for acceptance into SEED.

  4. Please note, the course work is managed through use of Google Classroom.  Family and students must be comfortable with having a student account with Google.  Legal Guardians will be required to sign the school forms on the Google Student Policy.
  5. Student and Family will be emailed a "Get to know you form" in order to gather further information and best ensure success/supports within SEED.
  6. SEED is a 10-month synchronous program (September to June).  We require commitment for the 10 months, from a family, student, SE Teacher and EAs to ensure success. Students sometimes hit the "proverbial wall" and may require extra effort from the entire team to climb over and proceed to success in the program. We have seen students that remain committed to a whole school year are successful and return for 2-3 more years in the SEED program. These are celebrated moments of growth.