Special Education means specially designed instruction, programs, and services provided to help meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, as determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE).
Committee on Special Education
The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is a multidisciplinary team that is approved by the Board of Education. This committee meets after a referral has been made and a multidisciplinary evaluation has been completed to review the information and determine if a child has a disability. This committee is responsible for students who are between the ages of 5-21. The committee determines eligibility, develops an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and places the student in the least restrictive environment. If a student is eligible for classification, this committee will meet at least once a year to review the student's programs and services. Every three years a student will undergo a re-evaluation process to ensure that the student continues to require special education services.
The multidisciplinary team consists of the following people:
It is important that the parent(s) be at the student's meetings. The parents are the key to helping this whole process be successful and we encourage you to be a part of it all. Please let us know what we can do to make sure that you are informed and a part of all that we do to help your child.
After a referral has been made, many professionals must evaluate the student to determine his/her strengths and weaknesses. The professionals include, but are not limited to: School Psychologist, School Nurse, Service Providers (Speech/Language, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, etc.), Guidance Counselors, School Administrators, and School Physician.
A student suspected of having a disability shall be referred in writing to the Chairperson of Special Education, Andrea McLaughlin. A referral may be made by:
A referral submitted by anyone other than the parent, student, or judicial officer shall:
An initial evaluation must be completed within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation. This evaluation will include:
The student must meet the qualifications for at least one of the 13 classifications established:
A student cannot be determined eligible for special education if: