• Special Education provides specially designed services and programs to children with educational disabilities. It is intended to meet the individual needs of the student and enhance his/her strengths. The committee determined programs and services are designed to assure that children receive appropriate and equal opportunities for educational growth up to age 21, if necessary.

    How do Special Education and Regular Education Interact?
    All program and services in public schools must be available to students with disabilities. It is the goal of special education programs to include students in as many regular education programs as appropriate, dependent on the nature and degree of the disability.

    What is the Special Education Process?
    The need for special education services is determined inthe following manner:

    Ages 3- 5 - Committee of Preschool Special Educaiton (CPSE)
    Ages 5- 21 - Committee of Special Education (CSE)

    • At any time a parent and/or guardian may contact the Pupil Services Office at 945-5142 to discuss direct concerns
    • School age students thought to be educationally at risk are first reviewed by building child study teams to determine what regular education programs and services might be employed to improve a student’s performance. If more intervention is believed to be necessary, students are then referred to a team called the Committee on SpecialEducation (CSE). 
    • The CSE arranges for the appropriate evaluation of a student using a variety of measures to determine strengths
      and weaknesses with parental consent.
    • The CSE reviews the evaluation(s) to determine whether the student meets the qualifications under IDEA in one of the 13 classifying categories for the provision of special education services. This timeline can take up to 60 days after consent to test has been received. 
    • If the student qualifies the CSE/CPSE committee recommends an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) based upon evaluation results and academic performance, which is reviewied minimally every 365 days.
    • Parents do have the right to challenge school decisions through Mediation, Impartial Hearings, and Appeal Processes. which can be located in:

    Procedural Safeguards - updated July 2017
    Questions Parents can review and bring to meetings to help facilitate conversations with their childs teacher and/or CSE/CPSE

    For more information or to discuss pre-school supports, please contact:
    Mrs. Kristin Dudek
    Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    716-945-5142

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