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    Special Education Referrals and Referral Process 

    Clinton Public offers a wide range of services and educational programming for special education studentsParents or other appropriate persons may refer children who are experiencing significant difficulties to their local school district. Beginning at age 3, children experiencing physical, sensory, emotional, communication, cognitive, and/or social difficulties may be eligible for special education and related services. Parents should contact Jenine Kastner, Supervisor of Special Services at 908-735-8512 for further information if they have concerns about their child’s development.

     
     
    Send referral letter to:
    Jenine Kastner, Supervisor of Special Services
    Clinton Public School District
    10 School Street
    Clinton, NJ 08809
     
    For Children 3 to 5 Years Old
    Residents of Clinton and Glen Gardner who suspect their preschool-age child may have special needs may obtain  assistance from the Clinton Public School Child Study Team.
     
    Through Child Find, the district locates and provides services for those children ages three to five who may have physical, cognitive, language, social, or emotional difficulties.  Evaluations, professional guidance, and an educational program, if needed, are all available free of charge through the public schools' Child Study Team.
     
    For additional information, please contact Jenine Kastner, Supervisor of Special Services, at (908) 735-2318.
     
     
    Include child's name, date of birth, parents' names and contact information. Please describe areas of concerns and request to meet with the Child Study Team to discuss these concerns.
     
     
     For Children Under 3 Years Old
    Children under 3 may be served by early intervention programs.  
    Contact New Jersey Early Intervention System, (888) 653-4463; www.njeis.org
     

    School Age Students

    If parents are concerned about their school-age child’s progress, they should discuss such issues with their child’s teacher, guidance counselor and/or principal. Parents have the option of making a referral to the school’s Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Committee or to the Child Study Team (CST).

    The I&RS offers intervention procedures that are provided within the general
    education school program. At times, however, more extensive interventions than can be provided in the general education setting are necessary to assist the student. If the decision is made to undertake a full Child Study Team evaluation, the child’s social, emotional and academic and cognitive abilities may be assessed through comprehensive evaluations. Other specialized assessments may be included in the evaluation plan. If, as a result of evaluation, a child is determined to be eligible for special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed.

     
    The Referral Process
     
    Step 1: Child is referred to the Child Study Team
     
    Step 2: Case manager assigned and identification meeting scheduled within twenty (20) calendar days (excluding holidays). Information is collected regarding the child’s educational progress.
     
    Step 3:Participants include parent/guardian, all CST members, related serivce providers (when appropriate) and at least one of the child’s general education teachers. A decision is made as to whether a CST evaluation is warranted.
     
    Step 4: Evaluation Plan needed. If a CST evaluation is warranted, an evaluation plan is written describing the required evaluations and parental consent is obtained. The process begins.
    Evaluations will be completed and copies of the evaluations will be mailed to parents/guardians prior to our initial eligibility determination meeting.
     
    Step 5: Initial Eligibility Determination Meeting
    This meeting will be held within 90 days of the evaluation plan meeting. At this meeting all information will be reviewed and eligibility will be determined. If a child is considered eligible, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed.
     
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