The Department of Special Services provides services to students with special needs between the age of three and twenty-one. Students with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, are identified and evaluated according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14. The department is dedicated to providing an overall system that connects and communicates in such a way that all children with special needs are served appropriately-within the context of the least restrictive environment. There are a variety of services available including, but not limited to, child study team consultation, evaluation, and case management, along with special education and related services.
The Child Study Team (CST) services are conducted by team members including school psychologist, learning disabilities teacher/consultant, school social worker and/or speech language specialist. Recommendations regarding the child are made by the child study team members, the parent(s)/guardian(s) and any relevant individuals having knowledge of the child.
The continuum of Special Education services spans a variety of placements including in-class resource programs, pullout replacement resource center classes and self-contained classes, both in and out of district, as well as home instruction as needed. Our focus is to educate students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent appropriate with their non-disabled peers. Differentiated instruction is emphasized throughout all of our programs.
In addition, related services offer support and remedial services through supplemental instruction. Related services include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and counseling- all delivered by certified therapists in their respective disciplines.
The department emphasizes compliance with Federal and State mandates; direct parent and staff educational opportunities in special education; identification of preschool children with special needs and provision of inclusive preschool experiences for them; transition planning services; and improved flow and accessibility of information to parents.