Pupil Personnel Services

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the Office of Pupil Personnel Service’s at the Edgemont School District. Children who have been identified as having disabilities, from age 3 to 21 are entitled by law to special education and related services that will meet their needs at no cost to their parents. Special education assures that each student will have the necessary programs, supports, and services to access a free and appropriate public education.

The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) coordinates the entire preschool evaluation process for children 3-5 years of age who live in the Edgemont School District. The CPSE is a multidisciplinary team of individuals who meet to determine if a child is eligible for preschool special education services according to New York State regulations.

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is responsible for children 5-21 years of age with disabilities. The CSE, like the CPSE, is a multidisciplinary team of individuals who meet to determine if a student is eligible for special education services according to New York State regulations. The Committee oversees initial evaluations, placements, annual reviews, and reevaluations for all Edgemont School District students. Like the CPSE, if a child is eligible, the CSE develops an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and implements its recommendations. Parents have the legal right (see Due Process) to agree or disagree with any recommendation, goals, or objectives recommended for their child. This Committee meets for the initial referral and at least annually for every child who receives special education services.

If your child is a resident and attends one of the three public schools in Edgemont, that school is responsible for evaluating the student, developing the IEP, and providing the special education services. If your child is recommended for special education services that cannot be provided in his or her home school, an appropriate placement, within Edgemont, or in an out-of-district public or private school will be recommended.

The CPSE/CSE team recommends services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) appropriate to your child’s needs. This means that the committee must consider how special education services can be provided to your child that will allow him or her to be educated with children who do not have disabilities, to the maximum extent appropriate.

The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is also involved with students requiring Section 504 Accommodation plans. In accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, students who have “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities” may require a 504 plan. The plan defines modifications and accommodations that will be needed in the school setting for students to have an opportunity to perform at the same level as their peers. Although this is a building level service, the Office of Special Service is involved with the coordination and implementation of Section 504 Accommodation plans.

For more information about the Special Education Process in the Edgemont School District, please see the link to the Parents Guide to Special Education.


CONTACT INFORMATION

If you believe your child may require special education services, it is important to ask the right questions from the start. There may be supports available within the general education setting at the school that he or she attends. For some students, building level supports can effectively meet the needs of a student. You may want to contact your child’s teacher, the building school psychologist, guidance counselor (Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School only), or building Principal, if you have concerns.

If you have questions about special Education within Edgemont, please contact the Office of Special Services:

Dr. Joseph Schippa, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Edward Stickles, Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Karen Storminger, CSE Secretary

Paula Ceddia, CPSE Secretary

Office of Pupil Personel Services

300 White Oak Lane

Scarsdale, New York 10583

914-472-7769

914-472-6846 (Fax)

Procedural Safeguards

PARTNERSHIP FOR LEARNING DIFFERENCES

The Partnership for Learning Differences is a PTA- and PTSA-sponsored committee addressing the needs of children with learning differences. Parent volunteers representing the elementary schools and the Junior/Senior High School run the committee, whose purpose is to provide information and education via discussions and presentations. Through involvement with this committee, parents become educated about services that can benefit their children at different stages throughout their academic careers at Edgemont. It also provides a forum for sharing with other parents in the district who have children with similar challenges.

Beginning this school year, the PTSA section of this committee has been meeting with administrators, regular- and special-education teachers, and parents in order to discuss cooperating to implement positive changes for the children. We encourage all interested parents to please participate in these important meetings, which have already resulted in important curriculum changes.

For additional information regarding the partnership for Learning Differences events click on the Parent Forums tab on the Edgemont PTA website. In order to view the parent forums' information, you must log on with your Edgemont PTA username and password. Click here to link to the Edgemont PTA website.

For further information or to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Chairperson Ellen Hoffer Cohen at Emhoffer@optonline.net