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North Haven Public Schools

DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT SERVICES

5 Linsley St North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: 203-239-2581
Fax: 203-234-9811


Special Education & Related Services

The North Haven Public School District is committed to providing an appropriate public school education for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. State and federal special education laws and regulations govern referral, evaluation and placement procedures for students who are identified under special education. The North Haven Public Schools is always striving to improve its continuum of specialized instruction and services for identified students ages three to 21. Individual student needs are identified and programs planned through the planning and placement team (PPT). District staff work closely with families and colleagues to ensure appropriate services are identified and provided in accordance with state/federal regulations. Special education and general education staff work together to provide learning environments that support students in receiving specialized instruction, accommodations, and modifications appropriate to the learner's needs and meet the district's expectations. The PPT identifies students eligible to receive special education and designs individualized education program (IEPs). To the greatest extent possible, students participate in the general education curriculum with supports, services, and instruction designed to allow them to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of ways.

The major responsibilities of the Director of Student Services are to facilitate improvement of instruction and service, to participate in staffing the schools, to supervise and evaluate special education and pupil services staff, to oversee the identification, program development and program placement services for students who are identified for special education in compliance with State and Federal regulations. The Supervisor of Student Services assists the director in meeting these responsibilities. In concert with the school principals, the department supervises and evaluates special education teachers, administers PPTs, promotes student achievement, reviews and improves service delivery, and communicates and collaborates with all building teams, staff, parents and consultants.

  

Student Services

The Department of Student Services is also responsible for the following:

·         Special transportation as recommended by a PPT or 504 team

·         Homebound/hospitalized instruction services

·         Coordination of the 504/ADA

·         Early childhood special education

·         Support/ related/pupil personnel services: guidance, nursing, social work, school psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, education for the deaf/hearing impaired, and education for the blind

·         Custodian of records

·         Gifted and Talented