Bergen Arts & Science Charter School (BASCS) believes that all students are capable of academic and social excellence. The school’s goal is to effectively collaborate with teachers and parents, to develop learning strategies and behavior intervention plans that help students reach their maximum potential. The special education department has enforced specific policies and procedures to ensure that all children with disabilities in the jurisdiction of BASCS, regardless of the severity of their disability or in need of special education/related services, are identified, located, and evaluated. BASCS continues to implement a comprehensive system of “Child Find” and the School’s personnel actively lookout for students with disabilities or developmental delays to ensure proper identification and evaluation.
Generally, students who exhibit academic and/or behavioral difficulties are first brought to the attention of the Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) team. The I&RS Team process is a collaborative school effort between administration, teachers and parents to intervene when a student has been identified as making minimal academic and/or emotional progress in the regular education setting.
If the I&RS process exhausts all of the available school based regular education interventions with minimal success, often, the student is referred to the Child Study Team (CST) for a comprehensive psychological, educational, social and speech and language evaluations in order to gather additional information as well as to determine if the student is eligible for special education and related services. The recommendation for a CST evaluation could come directly from the I&RS team or from the parent at any time during the process. Prior to conducting any assessment as a part of initial evaluation, BASCS obtains consent to evaluate, if the parent refuses to provide consent to conduct an initial evaluation, BASCS considers the due process hearing pursuant to N.J.A.C.6A14-2.7 to compel to consent evaluation.
If a child is found eligible for Special education services, development and implementation of the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) for the student is completed within 90 calendar days. The IEP is developed by the IEP team according to N.J.A.C.6A:14-2.3(K). The plan is reviewed with the parent(s), student, and the class teacher, and will include specific learning and social and emotional goals for each student that correlates with the Core Curriculum Standards for his/her grade level. The student is then reevaluated every three years.
For further details about the Special education policies and procedures as well as any questions around Special Education please contact the Department Director’s office at our central office.
Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS): www.state.nj.us/education/students/irs
State and Federal Regulations: www.state.nj.us/education
NJ Dept of Education: www.nj.gov/education/specialed
Early Intervention services: www.nj.gov/health/fhs/eiphone.html
Learning disabilities website: www.ldonline.com
CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: www.chadd.org
SPAN parent Training & Information center: www.spannj.org
Bergen county Family support organization: www.fsobergen.org