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Special Education Services

Welcome to the LCCS Special Services Department 

The Department of Special Services, in compliance with New Jersey Administrative Code, provides high quality education to its students with disabilities who require special education services.

It changes from year to year but about 10-15% of students at LCCS receive special education services - which includes "push in" where educators work in the classroom and "pull out" where students receive services in a separate environment. 


Special Services Staff is comprised of experts in their fields who are dedicated to developing education plans and delivering services vital to meeting each student’s needs.   

Child Study Team Members:
 
Barbara Duffy,  Speech and Language Therapist/I&RS Coordinator 
bduffy@lccsnj.org

Melissa MacKenzie, School Social Worker/ CST Coordinator
mmackenzie@lccsnj.org 

Elnora Williams,   Occupational Therapist
Phiny@weecareot.com

                             
Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant and School Psychologist are contracted services

Referral, Planning and Evaluation

A student may be referred to the Child Study Team for evaluation by teachers, parents/guardians, and I&RS team.  Parents/guardians may request consideration for evaluation of their child by  writing a request to the Child Study Team (CST) Coordinator.

The process begins with the parent being notified, in writing, of a meeting with the Team and receiving a copy of Parental Rights in Special Education, a booklet prepared by the NJ Department of Education advising parents of their basic rights and responsibilities in the process.


The first meeting is a planning meeting at which time all available information is reviewed with the parents/guardians, the CST, the child's teacher, and others who might have knowledge of the child and his or her difficulty in school. Following review of the material, a decision is made to either attempt interventions within the general education setting or move forward with a full CST evaluation.  If there is agreement that an evaluation should be conducted, the nature and scope of the evaluation is discussed and written parent consent for the evaluation is required.


Members of the CST conduct individual evaluations based on their specialties. A written report is prepared and sent to the parents in advance of an Eligibility Meeting, held to discuss all of the evaluations and to receive the recommendations of the Child Study Team.  Again, parent input is an important part of this process. Parents may bring others to any meeting if they wish.

Project Child Find 

LCCS recognizes the importance of providing services to children with special needs through its Project Child Find efforts. LCCS annually seeks to identify children, currently attending LCCS, from PreK4 to 8th grade who may be at risk for learning disabilities. Children in this age group who exhibit developmental delays in language, cognition, physical and/or emotional development, may be eligible for services from the public school. If your child is determined to be potentially eligible for services, LCCS will evaluate your child.  The evaluation is available to preschoolers; to highly mobile students with disabilities, such as migrant and homeless students; and to students who may have a disability. Children found to be eligible for special education and related services are entitled to free and appropriate special education programming and related services. 

If you suspect that your child has a disabling condition or you would like further information, please refer to the tab labeled "Child Study Team Process."



Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE)

English
http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/form/prise/prise.pdf

Spanish
http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/form/prise/prise_s.pdf

Arabic
http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/form/prise/prise_ar.pdf

Chinese
http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/form/prise/prise_ch.pdf

Portuguese
http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/form/prise/prise_por.pdf
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