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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. What is a basic Child Study Team Evaluation?
  2. How is a student determined eligible for Special Education/Related Services?
  3. What are Related Services?
  4. My child is not classified. How do I have my child evaluated?
  5. How do I have my child skipped?
  6. Who is my child's case manager?
  7. How do I contact my child's case manager?
  8. How large are the classes?
  9. How many teachers are there per classroom?



What is a basic Child Study Team Evaluation?

 According to the New Jersey Special Education Code, a CHILD 
STUDY TEAM
evaluation may include an evaluation by two or more of the
following
certified personnel: School Psychologist, Learning Disabilities
Teacher/Consultant, and School Social Worker.

If deemed necessary, evaluations will be conducted by other
outside
specialists, such as a Speech/Language Specialist, Occupational
Therapist,
Physical Therapist, Audiologist, School Nurse, Psychiatrist,
Neurologist,
etc.
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How is a student determined eligible for Special Education/Related Services?

In order for a student to be determined eligible for Special 
Education
and/or related services, he/she must have one or more of the
following
disabilities:

1. Auditorily Impaired/Deaf/Hard of Hearing
2. Autistic/Autism Spectrum Disorder
3. Cognitively Impaired(mentally retarded)/Mild, Moderate, or
Severe
4. Communication Impaired
5. Emotionally Disturbed
6. Multiply Disabled
7. Orthopedically Impaired
8. Other Health Impaired
9. Preschool Disabled
10. Specific Learning Disability
11. Traumatic Brain Injury
12. Visually Impaired
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What are Related Services?

Related Services are required services provided to students with 
a
disability in order for them to benefit from their educational
program. They
must be enumerated in the students IEP, I&RS, or 504 Plan.

Examples of Related Services are:

Counseling
Speech/Language Services
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Recreation
Transportation
Other (as necessary)
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My child is not classified. How do I have my child evaluated?

There are several ways to answer this questions. 

First, what classes is he/she having difficulty in? Have you
spoken to the
teacher? His/her guidance counselor?

Once his Guidance Counselor is made aware of your concerns, they
will set
up an Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) meeting. This
meeting will
consist of: the child's Guidance Counselor, Teacher, a Parent and
a member
of the Child Study Team.

As a team, we will then discuss ways of helping your child
(interventions) in classes of difficulty. If these interventions
deem
inappropriate or not working, then either a teacher or parent
will make a
referral to the Child Study Team.
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How do I have my child skipped?

This is a question we hear all too often. 
The Child Study Team is not an advocate for students skipping
grades. Each
grade throughout school is meant to instruct a State Curriculum
Standard
(See NJ code under LINKS). If a child repeats a grade, it means
the child
did not adequately acquire the skills needed to move on to the
next grade.
Therefore by skipping a child, he/she will neglect to learn the
standards
for the grade being skipped.
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Who is my child's case manager?

If you are unsure of your child's case manager, please call 
Marlene Hegarty
at (201) 422-6134.
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How do I contact my child's case manager?

Either by phone: (201) 422-6134. Your call will be directed to 
the right
person.

or by E-mail:
Nicole Gleen: ngleen@weehawken.k12.nj.us
Celia McLellan: cmclella@weehawken.k12.nj.us
Shari Schwartz: sschwart@weehawken.k12.nj.us
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How large are the classes?

Classes in the Resource Room have a maximum number of 10 students 
per class
for grades 9-12.

Classes in the Resource Room have a maximum number of 12 students
per class
for grades 7 and 8.
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How many teachers are there per classroom?

Classes in the Resource Room for all grades have one certified 
Teacher of
the Handicapped who is Highly Qualified in their area of
specialty
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