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Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

What is SEAC?

SEAC is a committee mandated by legislation.  This makes it a standing committee of the Board.  The members of the committee include representatives of local associations who represent students with Special Needs (defined in the regulation), Senior Special Education Staff and Trustees.  The majority of the individuals who represent these Community Associations are volunteers – in many cases parents with their own child who has a special need.

Responsibilities of SEAC

  • To make recommendations to the board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils of the board;
  • To participate in the board’s annual review of its special education plan;
  • To participate in the board’s annual budget process as it relates to special education;
  • To review the financial statements of the board as they relate to special education.
  • SEAC does not advise parents or school boards on matters involving individual students.  They can be available as a resource for parents.

SEAC Meetings

All meetings are open to the public.  You are welcome to attend and observe any of the ten SEAC meetings held throughout the year (Sept-June).

  • Waterloo Region District School Board – meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board – meets the 1st Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm

SEAC member associations are available to provide specific information, make recommendations and give assistance to parents/guardians whose children may require additional support.  For this reason parents are encouraged to contact the local association that best represents the special needs of the student.  The organization may in turn pass on the question or concern to the SEAC representative.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available on each Board’s website.  It may be best to call, email, or visit the websites to confirm meeting dates and location.

Have a look at the websites for further information on SEAC and many other resources:

Waterloo Region District School Board51 Ardelt Avenue,Kitchener, ON, CanadaN2C 2R5(519) 570-0003, ext.
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
35 Weber St. W., Unit A
PO Box 91116
Kitchener, ON, Canada N2G 4G2(519) 578-3660, ext. 2285 or e-mail: (put SEAC in the subject line