Special Services Overview
We provide Child Study Team services for each of the district schools. The purpose of the Team is to identify, evaluate, and if appropriate, classify students to receive a vast array of supplemental services and aides.
Students are referred to the Team in several ways, including by parent referral (in writing), teacher referral, or through the Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I&RS). Upon receiving a referral, a member of the Child Study Team is obligated to contact the parent within 20 calendar days to set up the first meeting with the Team. At the meeting (called the Planning and Identification Meeting), the Team, parents and teachers will decide if an evaluation is warranted. Parent consent is necessary to proceed with an evaluation. From the time parental consent is received, the district has a 90 day period to implement an IEP - if it is determined that the student is eligible for services.
As parents, you will be invited and encouraged to participate in every meeting that is held in regards to your child. Parents are valuable members of the Child Study Team and your participation and input will contribute to every step of the testing and programming process. The Child Study Team is an important resource for you as well if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child's educational performance, cognitive ability, behavior, emotional state, or social skills. The Team members possess expertise in the field and all matters are handled in a confidential and private manner.
Resident children living in Englewood but attending a private school may receive an evaluation through Bergen County Special Services (BCSS). Evaluation services for non-public school students are supported through IDEA and Chapter 192-193 funding.
If you have any questions or would like a copy of the NJ Administrative Code for Special Education or the Parents Rights in Special Education Handbook, please feel free to contact us. For additional information, you may call the Special Services Office at (201) 862-6253.
New Jersey has created a "Register Ready" Special Needs Registry for Disasters. This confidential online registry allows citizens to provide emergency response agencies with important information (e.g. if a resident is wheelchair bound or requires medical apparatus) so that emergency responders can be better prepared to serve those individuals during a natural disaster or other emergency. To sign up for this program, go to the Register Ready registration webpage. Or, you can call New Jersey's toll free 2-1-1- service and ask to be registered.
Services for Children Under 3
Resident children with physical, sensory, emotional, communication, cognitive or social difficulties are eligible for Early Intervention Services. An evaluation of a child attaining age 3 may be initiated at 2 1/2 years of age. For more information, follow this link to our Early Intervention page.
Parents Advisory Group (SEPAG)
All parents/guardians of Special Education students are welcome to serve as a member of this group. It meets on Saturdays from 10:00-Noon in the DMHS Common Area. The 2018-2019 school year meeting dates are:
- January 26 (this meeting will take place in the DMHS North Library)
- February 23
- March 16
- April 27
- May 18
- June 15
Dawn Stokes Tyler, President and Willola M. Ashley, Faculty Liaison