Learning Community Charter School

Learning Community Charter School
Child Study Team Process

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.

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