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.
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. Minu Thomas, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Edward Stickles, Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Karen Silvestri - Senior Office Assistant
Amanda Marchione - Senior Office Assistant
Office of Pupil Personel Services
300 White Oak Lane
Scarsdale, New York 10583
Special Education Resources
Information for Parents of Preschool Students with Disabilities (Ages 3-5)
Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary School
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.
ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training and education.