Special education services are available to all special needs students enrolled in the Stafford Schools. When need is determined, children in special education programs receive the benefit of specially trained teachers, child study teams, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. In addition, adaptive physical education instructors and medical specialists provide intervention and programs as necessary.
Many students receiving special education assistance remain in the regular classroom and are provided with supplemental aids and services. Special needs students who have remained within the standard educational program have demonstrated extensive educational improvement.
The concept of utilizing special education teachers to "team teach" with the regular education classroom teacher has provided students with the opportunity for improved academic performance and success.
Preschool Disability Program
The Stafford Township School District provides preschool programming for disabled students between the ages of 3 and 5 who are identified as having special needs in one or more of the following areas:
Evaluation to determine eligibility for the program may begin 90 days prior to the child's third birthday. Child Study Team assessment and recommendation are required for enrollment. An Individual Education Plan (IEP), outlining services to be provided based on the child's individual needs, is written for each child entering the preschool program.
Evaluation requests and a preschool program referral form may be arranged by calling the Oxycocus School Child Study Team office at 978-5700 Ext. 1077 . When requesting a Child Study Team evaluation for your preschool child, please include child's name, date of birth, address, telephone number and reason for the request. If your child was evaluated previously, please plan to provide the information (reports) to the CST for review. Pre-registration will be required if an evaluation is indicated. This can be done immediately following your initial identification/referral meeting with the CST. Information about pre-registering your child is included with your notification of the Referral Meeting. After Special Services receives the completed preschool referral form, a screening and evaluation will be scheduled.