Classical Academy Charter School offers special education support services to students with needs. Below is a sample of services we provide Behavioral Counseling Services, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and In-Class Support.
Phone: (201) 402-4367
Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Social Work- Fordham University Licensed Social Worker- New Jersey School Social Work Certificate- New Jersey
School Social Worker
Eric Wolf has worked with youth of all ages as a social worker, specializing in middle and high school aged students. Eric believes strongly in therapeutic relationships as the key to resolving mental health issues, as well as empowering social/emotional learning. As a strong believer in emotional awareness for children, Eric has developed and implemented several seminars and activities revolving around these ideals. Additionally, as a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), NASW-NJ, and the Association of Social Workers in Sport (ASWIS), Eric has many strong connections to social work professionals and resources from across the country. When not at work, he can be found completing jigsaw puzzles or performing stand-up comedy at open mics.
Special Education Services
Special education services are designed to provide assistance to students with disabilities. Evaluation and intervention services are provided to students by the Child Study Team, special education instructional staff, and related services specialists. A referral to the Child Study Team may be initiated by a parent/guardian, teacher, school nurse, school administrator, special services staff, medical specialist and other professionals or agencies concerned with the welfare of students when an educational disability may be suspected.
An educationally disabled student is one who may be experiencing difficulties of a physical, emotional, academic, intellectual, or social nature to the extent that the student is not able to function effectively in a regular education program. A Child Study Team evaluation is necessary to determine the basis of the difficulties and whether the student is eligible for classification as educationally disabled. If the student is determined to be educationally disabled, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed to provide an appropriate special education program based upon the nature and severity of the educational disability.
With federal passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) in December 2004, parents/guardians are an integral part of the IEP Team that plans an appropriate school program and an IEP for the educationally disabled child. Parents and school personnel work together throughout this process in developing an appropriate program to meet the unique student needs. The school provides the full continuum of programs options as outlined in the New Jersey Administrative code (NJAC 6A: 14). The complete rules and regulations pertaining to Child Study Team procedures and students with disabilities are contained in the New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 6A, Chapter 14, Special Education. Parents/Guardians may obtain this document by contacting the Child Study Team @ 973-278-7707 or by accessing the website @ http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/
About the Child Study Team
The Child Study Team is a multi-disciplinary educational team whose responsibility it is to identify, evaluate, determine eligibility, and develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students suspected of having educational disabilities. The team consists of a the school lead, school social worker, specific classroom teachers, and in some cases, a speech-language specialist. The Child Study Team is expected to follow Federal and State laws and regulations in order to fulfill its responsibility to determine whether a student exhibits an educational disability and if so, to recommend an appropriate special education program and/or service. Counseling and consultative services are available for any school-aged student experiencing an educational disability. The Child Study Team (CST) together with district’s teachers, administrators, and the building level Intervention Referral System I&RS committees make recommendations for programs and placements which will appropriately address the needs of students who are experiencing school-related problems.
Who is on the Child Study Team?
School Social WorkerThe social worker’s primary responsibility is as a member of the Child Study Team. As such, the social worker contributes to the CST evaluation process by conducting a “social history evaluation.” The social history evaluation is an assessment of the developmental and psychosocial factors (social, emotional, physical, behavioral and cultural) that may impact a child’s adjustment to and performance in school. The school social worker may also provide counseling and consultation services, as well as helping families’ access community services.
Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant (LDT/C)The Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant is a master teacher who functions in the school environment as an educational diagnostician, instructional programmer, Child Study Team member, educational consultant. The LDT/C has the professional preparation to make assessments, analyses, and classifications of students’ learning differences. Performing an educational assessment shall be the responsibility of the LDT/C. It shall include review of the student’s educational history, input from the student’s teacher(s), and an evaluation and analysis of the student’s academic performance and learning characteristics.
Case ManagerIn addition to their respective roles, the school social worker at CACS also serves as case managers for students receiving special education services. The case manager coordinates the evaluation process and IEP development, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the IEP. The case manager facilitates communication between home and school, and coordinates the annual review and reevaluation process. The case manager is knowledgeable about the student’s educational needs and program, as well as special education procedures and procedural safeguards, and is responsible for transition planning. A speech/ language specialist may also serve as a case manager.
The First Step in the Referral Process
The Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) team serves as a resource for teachers and is an integral part of the pre-referral process. I&RS members typically include, but are not limited to, the school principal, nurse, counselor, CST member(s) and teachers. I&RS may also include parents, special education supervisors, speech therapists, or reading specialists. The purpose of the I&RS is to address any possible concerns teachers may have regarding their students’ academic, social, or emotional functioning. Based on meetings with teachers, the I&RS team develops case-specific strategies for use in regular education classrooms. Teachers then implement these strategies according to I&RS recommendations. Parents are informed about the progress of their child through contact with the teacher. If the strategies are not effective, they may be revised or if it is suspected that the student is potentially educationally disabled, a referral will be made to the Child Study Team.
Parents can request their child be brought before the I&RS team. They would do this by
contacting the child’s teacher to principal.
*Parents should be notified if their child is referred to I&RS. Parents can always request a CST evaluation before, during, or after the I&RS process.
Written requests for CST evaluations should be directed to the Case Manager.
Procedural Safeguards/Handbook on Parents' Rights
IDEA requires school districts to provide parents of a child with a suspected disability, a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards (legal rights) available under IDEA and other state and federal regulations. This handbook is called, “Parental Rights in Special Education” (PRISE). Parents can obtain a copy of PRISE in the CST office or in the Special Services office or by visiting http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/form/prise/prise.pdf
When You will Receive the Procedural Safeguards
The procedural safeguards must be given to you one time each school year and at the following times:
- When your child is first referred for evaluation or when you request an evaluation;
- When you request a copy of the procedural safeguards;
- When your child is removed for disciplinary reasons and the removal results in a change in placement;
- Upon receipt of the first State complaint and/or the first due process petition in a school year, if you should file a State complaint or request a due process hearing;
- Upon revision to the procedural safeguards.