The purpose of the Special Services Department is to provide an appropriate education for students with disabilities, in the least restrictive environment, that will enable them to reach their potential, and to become functioning members of society. To the maximum extent possible, students with disabilities will be provided the opportunity to be educated with age-appropriate non-disabled peers and will receive all necessary supports and services to benefit from their educational program.
The Special Services Department includes special education teachers, child study team members, speech/language specialists, related services providers, and teacher assistants. Together we plan and provide educational programs for students with disabilities in partnership with general education staff, administration and parents. We believe that each child has value and the ability to learn. It is our responsibility, along with the general education staff, to foster within each child the belief in that value through discovering their talents, developing their skills, and encouraging self-confidence and independence. We believe that parents are a valuable and an essential part of the education process and that their aspirations for and insights about their children are important for us to understand as we plan together for their educational program.
The Child Study Team is responsible for the identification, evaluation and determination of eligibility for students with disabilities. The Child Study Team is also responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of each classified pupils’ Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.).A parent may initiate a referral for a Child Study Team evaluation on behalf of their child. Parents should contact the Child Study Team Chairperson at (201) 440-2965 to pursue this process or to discuss any concerns a parent may have about their child’s academic, social, or behavioral development.