Special Services

Welcome to the Montrose PTA Special Services page. 
This page is designed to help families navigate the special services system
within our district and specifically at Montrose. 
Special Education students make up one-third of the population of the ten inclusion classrooms, learning side-by-side with their General Education peers. There is one self-contained classroom for students whose needs are greater. All children participate in school-wide activities. Related services are offered in the building and those include Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. Services can be delivered as a push in to the classroom or as a pull-out model.          

All classroom teachers are NJ State Certified and have extensive experience with both Early Childhood and Special Education.  All staff is trained in using our curriculum “Tools of the Mind” and receives ongoing Professional Development.

The building houses a full Child Study Team which is comprised of a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, a Speech and Language Pathologist.  Their contact information is on the "Meet the Staff" page. The School District's Behaviorist is available for services as needed and developing goals for students who need Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy.

If you think that your child needs an evaluation for Special Services you can make a referral by following these directions:

            Write a letter and send via mail or email to:
            Dr. Laura Morana
            Interim Superintendent of Special Services
            525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ   07040
             lmorana@somsd.k12.nj.us
          
In the letter state the student’s name, date of birth, home address, a contact number so the Child Study Team can reach you to schedule appointments and a brief description of your concerns about your child.  

Once the team receives the referral, they need to schedule a meeting with you and your child to meet and discuss next steps and briefly screen their skills.  This must occur within 20 days of receipt of the referral.  If they are going to proceed with testing and you sign and agree to evaluations, they have 90 days to complete the testing, share the results with you and discuss what services may be needed to support your child.

Our PTA's Special Services Liaisons for the school are fellow parents Lindsey Stone and Alex Dubin.  Their contact info is lindseystone1@gmail.com and alexdubin@gmail.com for questions concerning the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) as well as Special Education at Montrose and in the District. See below for upcoming SEPAC Meetings.



Resources

Special Education Resource Packet
This practical guide was developed as an overview and is meant to serve as a companion piece to more comprehensive resources and legal information such as Parental Rights in Special Education ( PRISE ).
Special Education Resource Packet



Understood.org is an online resource for parents and caregivers for children with learning and attention issues. For more info on Understood, please contact Beth Cosentino here .


Support & Advocacy

SEPAC 
(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)
SEPAC and the Special Ed PTO are now both under the SEPAC umbrella. The group meets monthly and is designed to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to their district’s special services programs. It also helps families network with other families and share information about special services concerns, successes, resources, and to navigate special services.


The Parenting Center
The Parenting Center offers many workshops throughout the year and is a great resource to our community.


SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meetings, 2019-2020

Location: 525 Academy Street - Board of Education Central Office Bldg.
Time: 7:30-9pm

Check back for the meeting dates for the 2019-2020 School Year!
The first one is usually a general meeting in late September.