The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is a multidisciplinary team that is approved by the Board of Education. This committee meets after a referral has been made and a multidisciplinary evaluation has been completed to review the information and determine if a child has a disability. This committee is responsible for students who are between the ages of 5-21. The committee determines eligibility, develops and Individualized Education Program (IEP), and places the student in the least restrictive environment. If a student is eligible for classification, this committee will meet at least once a year to review the student's programs and services. Every three years a student will undergo a re-evaluation process to ensure that the student continues to require special education services.
Committee on Special Education Members
The CSE may consists of the following people:
It is important that the parent(s) be at the student's meetings. The parents are the key to helping this whole process be successful and we encourage you to be a part of it all. Please let us know what we can do to make sure that you are informed and a part of all that we do to help your child.
After a referral has been made, many professionals must evaluate the student to determine his/her strengths and weaknesses. The professionals include, but are not limited to: School Psychologist, School Nurse, Service Providers (Speech/Language, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, etc.), Guidance Counselors, and School Administrators.
A student suspected of having a disability shall be referred in writing to the CSE Chairperson, Tina Maines. A referral may be made by:
A staff member can make a request for a referral to the Director of Special Education. At this time, the Director will collaborate with various stakeholders to determine if a child should be referred to the Committee on Special Education.
An initial evaluation must be completed within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation. This evaluation will include:
The student must meet the qualifications for at least one of the 13 classifications established: