Welcome to the Department of Special Services Website!




    We are currently accepting applications for our Integrated Preschool Programs for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications must be completed and sent to the Department of Special Services at Brookside School, to the attention of Jo Ann Karamus. You may drop off the completed application or e-mail a signed copy to jkaramus@allendalek8.com. The applications are not available online.   To access an application, please click here: IPS Application 2019-20 

    There is a parent letter which contains all the information on our Integrated Preschool Program, including the number of available general education openings for each program. To access the informational letter for parents, please click here:  IPS Information Letter


    We will be holding an Open House for parents interested in our preschool programs. The Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 1:45pm - 2:15pm in the Hillside School preschool classroom. In the case of a school closing, the Open House would be cancelled. Parents will be notified through our Swiftreach message system.  

    To read the press release on the Integrated Preschool Program, kindly click on this link:  IPS Press Release 2019-20

    Please reach out to me if you have questions about the application process or any aspect of our Integrated Preschool Program.


     Fall 2018 SEPAG Meeting!

    Our first SEPAG (Special Education Parent Advisory Group) meeting on Thursday, November 29, 2018, was a huge success! We had a very good turnout for both the morning and evening presentations by Jennifer Leiman, M.S., OTR/L on:

                                             "Everyday Executive Functioning Tools"                                                  Organizational Help for Homework and Beyond


       EF workshop                      JenniferLeiman

    During these presentations, Ms. Leiman helped the parents in attendance gain a greater understanding of Executive Functioning components, strategies and implementation tools to use at home.  Parents came away with many hands-on learning tools that can be used immediately at home!

    If you would like to download a copy of the presentation by Ms. Leiman, kindly open this link: 

    Executive Functioning Presentation


     The Child Study Team:
    Located in Brookside School, the Department of Special Services is where you can contact the members of the Child Study Team.  The members of the Child Study Team are dedicated to helping students achieve success in the academic, social, and emotional domains.  As you navigate through this section of the District website, you will find information on workshops and programs available through various County and State organizations.  The information in this sections is updated regularly as new information becomes available.  
    For parents who wish to request a Child Study Team evaluation for their child, please be aware of the District Policy 2460, #18, which states:
    "The school district will not accept the use of electronic mail from the parent(s) to submit requests to a school official regarding referral, identification, evaluation, classification, and the provisions of a free, appropriate public education."
    All requests must be submitted in writing and signed by the parent(s).  If you wish to review this policy, click here and you will be redirected to this section of the District Policies.  Please open the link for Policy 2460, Special Education/Sending Districts and scroll down to #18.   
    To review a flowchart which identified the timeline for the Special Education process, kindly click here
    If you have any questions regarding special education programs or services, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to address your concerns or questions. 
    Thank you,
    Jo Ann Karamus
    Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction
    (201) 327-2020 Ext. 1206