Student Services

Planning with Partners – Protocols and Initiatives

It is our expectation that ongoing collaborative planning and information sharing between school divisions, partner departments and respective service jurisdictions will greatly improve educational outcomes for children. The following protocols and initiatives have been developed collaboratively to support students, schools and communities towards appropriate educational programming.

Information for Schools, Students, and Families


Healthy Child Manitoba works with departments, governments and community, towards the well-being of Manitoba's children and youth.

Protocol Children and Youth in Care
Briding to Adulthood: A Protocol for Transitioning Students with Exceptional Needs from School to Community
Working Together: A Parents Guide to Transition from School to Community Wraparound Protocol
Protocol: Youth Criminal Justice Act

Unified and Referral Intake System (URIS)

URIS is a joint initiative of the Departments of Families, Health, Seniors and Active Living, and Education and Training. The protocol supports children attending community programs who have special health care needs and require assistance when they are apart from their parents/guardians. Through consultation with health professional and associations, URIS adopted a classification of health care procedures which divides medical procedures into categories. The categories identify differing levels of complexity in health care procedures and then assign the professional qualification (i.e., registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, non-health care personnel trained and supervised by a registered nurse) required by personnel to support these children. As well, the classification system introduces a provincial standard regarding the recruitment and training of personnel supporting children with special health care needs.

URIS Group A

Group A procedures are complex medical procedures which must be performed by a nurse. Children classified as Group A often require support from a medical assistive device or technology that replaces or augments a vital bodily function without which the child would be at risk of further disability or death.

Some of the complex health care procedures requiring the clinical skill and judgement of a nurse to support a child attending a community program (licensed child care, school or respite) are ventilator care, tracheostomy care and nasogastric tube care. The URIS Policy and Procedural Manual provides more detailed information.

The URIS Interdepartmental Committee may approve supplemental URIS funding to support eligible school-age children with identified Group A health care procedures while attending school. URIS applications are reviewed on a continuous intake process. School divisions/schools are required to submit an application for children requiring Group A healthcare procedures and include the following documentation:

The completed URIS application package should be sent to:

Unified Referral and Intake System Committee c/o
Student Services Unit
Program and Student Services Branch
204-1181 Portage Avenue
Telephone: 204-945-7907
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7907

URIS Group B Service

The Departments of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Families, and Education and Training partner to provide URIS Group B service that supports children attending community programs who require assistance to perform Group B health care procedures when they are apart from their parents/guardians.

Examples of Group B health care procedures include catheterization, gastrostomy care and feeding, seizure management, diabetes management, inhalation of medication for asthma, and administration of an epi-pen for life threatening allergies. Community programs that are eligible to receive URIS support are schools, licensed child care facilities, respite service providers and recreation programs.

The URIS Policy and Procedure Manual established that Group B health care procedures could be carried out by personnel within eligible community programs, provided that a registered nurse developed a health care plan and provided these personnel with training and periodic monitoring.

The health care needs of children are identified at the time of school registration. Parents complete a URIS Group B application for support. Group B health care routines may be delegated to non health care personnel, who receive training and ongoing monitoring by a registered nurse (RN). A nurse works with schools and parents to develop a health care plan and this plan will direct the care of children attending school. In addition, the RN will train the staff designated by the school and may include teachers, educational assistants, and/or bus drivers.

To further support children with life-threatening allergies who are attending school, Manitoba Education formalized, in law, a school board’s obligation to develop an anaphylaxis policy. The local policy should include information and awareness for the school community, avoidance strategies and emergency response procedures, and be aligned with the Children with Known Risk of Anaphylaxis Policy Framework contained in the URIS Policy and Procedure Manual.

The Public Schools Amendment Act (Anaphylaxis Policies)

For Further Information:

  • Manitoba Education and Training, Program and Student Services Branch, URIS partner, 204-945-7907
  • URIS B Provincial Coordinator, 204-471-9570
  • Manitoba Education and Training, Education Administration Services, 945-6899

Legislation, Standards and Policies

Other related Information:
Anaphylaxis in Schools & Other Settings, 2nd Edition, Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI)

Wraparound Planning

(Formerly known as “Circle of Care Planning”)

Wraparound is a process for planning and individualizing supports for children and adolescents with severe to profound emotional and behavioural disorders or other complex disorders and their caregivers, whose needs span an array of service providers. Wraparound is not a set of services, but rather a process for meeting the complex needs of children/adolescents and their caregivers that involves the integration of multiple systems and the development of individualized plans of care.

In the Wraparound approach services and supports are "wrapped around" the child/adolescent and their caregiver(s) in that the child/adolescent and caregiver(s) are placed at the centre of the plan and their voice is paramount in identifying their individual and collective strengths, as well as identifying informal, statutory, and community based resources that may be required to meet their needs.

The Provincial Coordination of Services Committee (PCOS) oversees some of the training and implementation of the wraparound approach for students in schools. PCOS includes representatives from Manitoba Education and Training, Justice, Family Services and Labour, and Health. PCOS also reviews student specific funding applications for the category of Level 3 Emotional Behavioural Disorders (EBD3).

Professional Learning Opportunities


General Enquiries
Program and Student Services
Manitoba Education and Training
Telephone: 204-945-7907
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7907