Department of Special Education Services
The mission of the Paterson Public School District, Department of Special Education Services is to provide referral, identification, evaluation and instructional services to students identified as disabled through the identification process. The Department of Special Education works closely with the members of the Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) to locate and identify students with disabilities in need of special education services. Once students have been identified in need of an evaluation, the child study team works closely with the parent and instructional staff to determine if the student is a student with a disability AND requires special education services.
The Department of Special Education consists of an administrative staff of a Coordinating Director, Director of Compliance, Director of Child Study Teams, Director Special Education Instruction, Director of Out of District Placements, Supervisors of Special Education Services and Parent and Community Services.
At the school levels there are Child Study Teams consisting of School Psychologists, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultants, Speech-Language Specialists and Social Workers who evaluate and write individual educational programs for students with disabilities. There are teachers of students with disabilities who provide instruction as outlined in each student’s IEP and speech/language specialists, occupational therapists and physical therapists who provide direct service to students.
To provide for the achievement of every identified child through individualized programs and services.