Pupil Personnel/Special Education Department
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Special Education Parents Advisory Group
All parents/guardians of Special Education students are welcome to serve as a member of this group.
Meeting on Saturday April 28 from 10:00 AM - Noon at Dwight Morrow High School - 274 Knickerbocker Rd - in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Common Area. Special Guests: Mrs. Evenide Fanfan-Vilcean, EPSD Genesis Coordinator, Mr. Adam Kubler, Director of Project HIRE and Ms. Brenda L. Figueroa, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network. RSVP to Ms. Willola Ashley 201-862-6053 or email. You can download the agenda and meeting information here: April 28 Event Agenda.pdf
Services for Children Under Age 3
The district has an obligation to locate resident children with disabilities. Also, children of migrant and homeless parents, who may need, but are not receiving, special education services should contact the school district. The child can be experiencing physical, sensory, emotional, communication, cognitive or social difficulties. An evaluation of a child attaining age 3 may be initiated at 2 1/2 years of age.
All parents requesting an evaluation must first prove residency prior to the evaluation being completed. this can be done by contacting the Registration Office at (201) 862-6121 to receive a registration packet.
Parent Workshops Sponsored by Local Organizations
Links to More Information
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.