Special Education Programs and Services
Special education programs and services are provided for students classified as educationally disabled from preschool, ages three to five, through senior high school (age 21). The district child study team provides diagnostic evaluations of the individual child, interpretation of findings to parents and staff, placement of pupils for whom a specialized program may be necessary, remedial instruction, speech therapy, and other related services. Requests for evaluations can be made if a student is suspected of having a disability. Requests must be made in writing with signature.
The special services staff includes specialists in psychology, social work, learning disabilities, and speech therapy. Special Education programs can include: Self-contained Language/Learning Disabled Class programs, Behavior Disabilities Class programs, Multiple Disabilities Class programs, and Out of Class and In Class Resource programs. Additional evaluations, services and programs are provided if recommended by the CST/IEP team.
In addition to a full continuum of special education programs and services the district, through its Child Find Project, helps to identify un-served and handicapped children three to five years of age. Parents are encouraged to contact the office of Special Services, if they have concerns about their child's development and whether a preschool program may be of benefit. Project Child Find is a free referral service and public awareness campaign to assist in the identification of unserved/underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through 21 years of age. It also develops and distributes information to the public about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey.
The toll-free number for Project Child Find is 800-322-8174.