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Special Education and Child Study Team

THE REFERRAL PROCESS

How is a student referred for a Child Study Team Evaluation?

Students between the ages of 3 and 21 suspected of having an educational disability may be referred from a variety of sources to the Child Study Team for an evaluation. Generally the referrals come from one of the following:

1. PARENTS: Parents may request a Child Study Team Evaluation by contacting the Special Education Department and forwarding their request in writing. CCTS only accepts written referrals from parents with signatures affixed and not through any electronic forms of communication (i.e., email or telephone).

2. The Intervention and Referral Services Team (I&RS): I&RS is a building based inter-disciplinary group that meets regularly to provide interventions for students experiencing difficulty in the general education setting. Once the I&RS has utilized its resources and determines that additional information may be necessary, or feels that the student may be potentially educationally disabled, the student may be recommended for a CST evaluation.

3. ADMINISTRATORS or OUTSIDE AGENCIES: The Principal or other building adminis-trator, or an individual from an outside agency (doctor, social worker, etc.) may refer a student for a Child Study Team Evaluation.

What is the procedure after the referral is made?

Once the referral has been made the Case Manager has twenty (20) days to schedule an Identification Meeting. The necessary personnel expected to attend this meeting would be a social worker, psychologist, learning disabilities teacher consultant, a general education classroom teacher, the speech & language specialist (if the suspected disability included that area) and the parent.

Are students automatically tested if the request is made?

No. Once a request for a Child Study Team evaluation is made an Identification Meeting must be scheduled. At that meeting it is determined if a Child Study Team Evaluation is warranted and, if so, an Evaluation Plan is developed.

What is the procedure if the student is going to be tested?

Once it is determined that testing is necessary, an assessment plan is developed. The parent/guardian must give written consent for this to occur. The district then has ninety (90) days to complete the necessary evaluations. Within the ninety (90) days an Eligibility Conference is scheduled at which time the evaluations are interpreted and it is determined if the student is eligible for special education and/or related services or not.

If a student is eligible does that mean he or she will be in a special education class?

Not necessarily. Before a student receives services, an Individual Education Program must be developed and agreed to. At Camden County Technical Schools the students eligible for special education services may receive those services within general education classrooms and programs, in in-class support settings or in resource classes.