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Monroeville, NJ 08343

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Child Study Team

CST Director,  Scott Eckstein; Ext. 1000

Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, 

Speech/Lanugage Specialist,  Kara Bannon;  Ext. 1037;  kbannon@upsmailbox.net 

The Upper Pittsgrove School Child Study Team has the responsibility to locate and identify resident students aged 3-21 who may be disabled, including students who may be experiencing physical, sensory, emotional communication, cognitive or social difficulties. Following identification, the team is responsible for providing disabled students an appropriate education, which is outlined in an Individualized Education Plan. The plan describes student needs and goals and outlines how the needs will be met and how progress will be attained.

Referral Sources:

The Upper Pittsgrove CST accepts referrals from a variety of sources, including parents, teachers, agencies, private schools, and school administration. The team actively communicates with school staff through memos, faculty meetings and inservices to inform the staff of referral procedures and to keep apprised of students who may be demonstrating evidence of a disability. The Pupil Assistance Committee monitors and provides interventions for students who experience academic and social difficulties, and makes referrals to the Child Study Team when appropriate. Parents are informed of their right to referral in the school handbook. Child Find advertisements are circulated in the community and communication with local physicians and Early Intervention is maintained in order to identify students eligible for preschool disabled services.

Procedural Safeguards and Notice:

The district will provide notice to parents whenever the team receives a request to change, or proposes to change, the placement, classification or identification of a child, or proposes to evaluate a child.  Notice will include a statement of the procedural safeguards to which parents are entitled and a copy of PRISE (Parental Rights in Special Education).

SEPAG:  Special Education Parent Advisory Group

What do we do?

Our mission is to provide a network of parents with a forum for discussion of topics that affect families of children who learn differently.  Our goal is to raise awareness within the special education community and foster parent advocacy by providing information through workshops.

Who should join?

Parents are the core members of a SEPAG. This includes parents of children with disabilities who may have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that are educated in schools within or outside the student’s home district. 

Additional members may include school leaders including the District Supervisor of Special Services and/or members of the Board of Education, teachers, Child Study Team members and other school professionals, students and former students, parents committed to improving education in their district, community leaders and citizens.

Special training or background knowledge is not required to become a member of a SEPAG. 

When do we meet?

Our goal is to provide informative workshops throughout the school year. Please watch for flyers with more details whenever new workshops are added.