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301 Delaware Avenue
Palmyra, NJ 08065
856-786-9300
 
 

Palmyra Public Schools

 
Welcome Back Letter
Supervisor of Special Services - Lianne Kane
What is a Basic Child Study Team Evaluation?
Case Management- CST Staff

Special Education Services in Palmyra Public Schools

The Palmyra School District believes our children belong with their peers.  Palmyra is committed to promoting a sense of belonging in each child by affording all students their right to be educated, to the maximum extent appropriate, in their neighborhood school. This commitment is possible through the use of appropriate support to enable students to be educated in the least restrictive environment

Students with disabilities should be challenged
to reach their full potential.

Students should be educated, to the greatest extent appropriate,
in the least restrictive environment.

The most effective education occurs when parents and
school personnel work together to help students succeed.

Special Education Services:  Students with disabilities that significantly impact upon their educational progress may be eligible for special education and related services. Upon referral, the Child Study Team (School Psychologist, Learning Consultant and Social Worker) will meet with the family to discuss concerns and to determine if evaluation is necessary. If a student is found to be eligible, an Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) will be developed to meet the educational needs of the student. Programs may include accommodations and modifications in the general education setting to small class instruction with a special education teacher. All decisions regarding the IEP are discussed at least annually and the parent/guardian is encouraged to be an active participant in the process.

Special Education Services in PALMYRA

Students with disabilities should be challenged
to reach their full potential.
 
Students should be educated, to the greatest extent appropriate,
in the least restrictive environment.

The most effective education occurs when parents and
school personnel work together to help students succeed.
 
 
 Team.Work Puzzle

 

Special Education Services:  Students with disabilities that significantly impact upon their educational progress may be eligible for special education and related services. Upon referral,

  • the Child Study Team (School Psychologist, Learning Consultant and Social Worker) will meet with the family to discuss concerns and to determine if evaluation is necessary.
     
  • If a student is found to be eligible, an Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) will be developed to meet the educational needs of the student. Programs may include accommodations and modifications in the general education setting to small class instruction with a special education teacher. 
     
  • All decisions regarding the IEP are discussed at least annually and the parent/guardian is encouraged to be an active participant in the process.

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Special Education in New Jersey   

If you are concerned about a preschool  child or student (age three through twenty-one)  who may  be developing or learning  differently,  you  can  call  the  school  district  in  which  the  child  resides.

To the maximum extent appropriate, preschoolers and students with disabilities are educated with their typically developing peers. Placement in a typical classroom is the first consideration.

Topic

                                          Process

Referral

A referral is a written request for an evaluation that is given to the school district when it seems possible that a child may have a disability and might need special  education  and  related services. Parents, school personnel and agencies concerned with the welfare of students may make a referral to the school district the student resides.

Identification Meeting

Within 20 calendar days of receiving a referral , the school district must hold a meeting to decide whether an evaluation will be conducted .  If the school district decides to conduct an evaluation the group will select the types of testing and other procedures that will be used to determine if the child needs special education services.

Evaluation

An evaluation  is the process used to determine whether a child is eligible for special education and related services.   The process includes a review of any relevant data, and the individual administration of any tests, assessments and observations of the child. At least two child study team members must participate in the initial evaluation along with any other specialists whose observations are necessary for a meaningful assessment of the child's needs.

Eligibility

When the evaluation is completed , the school district holds a collaborative meeting to determine if the child is eligible for special education and related services. Prior to the meeting, the school district must give the parent a copy of the evaluation reports(s) and other documents and information that will be used to determine the child's eligibility . The parent must receive this information no less than I O calendar days before the meeting.  To be eligible for special education and related services:

  • A student must have a disability according to one of the eligibility categories;
  • The disability must adversely affect the student's educational performance; and
  • The student must be in need of special education and related services.

Individualized Education Program
(IEP)

After  it  is  determined  that  a  child  is  eligible  for  special  education  and  related services,  a meeting is held to develop the child's IEP.  The IEP is both a plan and a process. The plan is a written document that describes in detail a child's special education program. The process  is the ongoing sharing of information between the family and school district to meet the child's developmental  and educational needs. The IEP should describe how the individual child  currently   performs   and   the   child's   specific   instructional   needs.

The   lEP  must   include measurable  annual goals and short term  objectives or benchmarks .   When  parental  consent  is granted, the IEP is implemented as soon as possible following the IEP meeting and within 90 calendar days of the school's receipt  of parental  consent  for the  first evaluation .

Annual Review

Annually, or more often if necessary, the IEP team will meet to review and revise the IEP and determine  placement.

Reevaluation

A child  must be reevaluated every three years, or sooner if conditions  warrant,  or if the parent or the child's teacher requests it. Reevaluation is conducted when a change in eligibility is being considered.

Parental Consent

When must the school district obtain parental consent?

  • Before  a  child  is  evaluated  for  the  first  time  to  determine  whether  a  child  is eligible for special education;
  • Before a child's special education program begins for the first time;
  • Before a child is tested as part of a reevaluation ; and
  • Before  a  child's  records  are  released  to  a  person  or  organization  that not otherwise authorized to see them.