Students with disabilities are entitled to receive, at public expense, special education, related services and/or supplementary aids and services as necessary to ensure a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, appropriate to meet their individual needs.
The Committee on Preschool Special Education
The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for children with disabilities ages 3-5. Boquet Valley CPSE works in partnership with the Essex County Health Department. If you have a preschool child and you have noticed that your child is not developing skills such as walking, talking or playing like other young children you may make a referral to the CPSE. The CPSE can conduct an individual evaluation of your child, review the evaluation and if necessary set up services to provide for your child. Possible services can include Special Education Itinerant Teacher, Speech Therapy, Counseling, Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy.
Making a referral:
- Call the CPSE Chairperson.
- You will be asked to provide basic demographic information about your child as well to share the concerns you have about your child’s development. After you have discussed your concerns, the Office of Student Services will send you a packet of information explaining your parental rights and asking for your consent for an evaluation.
- Once parents have received the packet, it is necessary to send the consent sheet back to the Office of Student Services in order for the evaluation to proceed.
- After receiving the consent sheet, the Office of Student Services will contact the agency chosen to complete the evaluation.
- The agency will contact parents directly to set up a time and place for the evaluation.
- Once evaluations are completed, a CPSE meeting will be set up to discuss the results.
- Parents are notified by mail as to the date and time of the meeting. Most preschool services are home-based. The home is considered the least restrictive environment (LRE) for a preschool child. Special Education Itinerant Teachers, Speech Therapists, Counselors, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists will work with parents to arrange time and place for services. If a child has more severe delays a preschool classroom placement may be considered. The preschool classroom placements are offered at various locations in Essex County.
Committee on Special Education
Special Education services are available for children, ages 3-21 who have been identified with a disability that is educational in nature and significantly impairs the ability for the student to progress successfully in the general education curriculum. Services are available to students identified with a disability by the Boquet Valley Central School District Board of Education or as a transfer student identified by another school district. The identification and services for school-age students goes through the Committee on Special Education (CSE). The CSE is a team of individuals with expertise in their services area and/or have knowledge of the student. The CSE will meet on students to determine services that assure a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment
Parents/students who desire further information on these programs and services should contact the Office of Student Support Services. (518-873-6371)
Olga Nelly Collazo
Director of Student Support Services & CPSE Chairperson
CSE & 504 Chairperson
Secretary to the Office of Student Support Services