Welcome to the Department of Special Services Website!
May 12 - 18, 2019 is Special Education Week in New Jersey!
"Painting a Brighter Future One Step at a Time"
In our state, there are 232,000 students with special needs. During Special Education Week, (May 12 - 18, 2019) we recognize the achievements of our students as well as the dedicated work of their parents, teachers, and other school professionals. The theme for Special Education Week 2019 is "Painting a Brighter Future One Step at a Time", as depicted in the artwork created by Isaac Smith, Holmstead School, in Ridgewood. Thank you to all our parents for working with our teachers and other support staff in helping our students achieve academic, social, and emotional success.
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
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: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 KaramusSupervisor of Curriculum & Instruction(201) 327-2020 Ext. 1206