- Affirmative Action/Title IX/504
- American Rescue Plan
- Buildings and Grounds
- Child Study Team
- Safe Return Plan
- Strategic Planning
- Surplus Equipment
- Title I
Title IX Coordinator
Sheryl Smith, Director of Athletics
Affirmative Action Officer
James Vacca, Principal
|Overbrook High School
|Dr. Albert Bean School
|John Glenn School
- Facility Use Request
- AHERA Report
- Integrated Pest Management Policy
- Integrated Pest Management Plan
- Right to Know - Admin Report
- Right to Know - Bean Report
- Right to Know - Glenn Report
- Right to Know - Overbrook Report
- Right to Know - Middle School Report
- Product Safety Data Sheets
- Hazardous Substance List
The Child Study Team is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working together to help parents, teachers, and students achieve success in an educational setting. They are responsible for identifying and providing services for students who are in need of special education and related services. Related services may include: speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, adaptive physical education, extended school programs, and/or specialized equipment, i.e., wheelchairs, walkers, etc
Director of Special Education Preschool through Twelfth Grade:
Amy Francis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary CST Team Members:
Desiree Marasa - Psychologist - email@example.com
Kara Trovato - Social Worker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School / High School CST Team Members:
John Chillem - Social Worker/School Psychologist - email@example.com
Judilynn Kavano - LDTC - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Child Study Team (CST) is a multidisciplinary group of professionals employed by the Pine Hill Board of Education to provide parents and teachers with a variety of learning related services. Federal and state laws emphasize the importance of parents as key decision makers in the educational process.
Child Study Team personnel share many common skills such as child advocacy, understanding of school functioning, knowledge and implementation of special education law, case management, transition planning, in-service training, research, and community collaboration. However, each discipline approaches the intervention and eligibility process from a different perspective based on the training and skills of each profession.
This model is a team approach in which separate professionals assess the educational impact of a child’s learning, behavioral, emotional, social, community, health, communication and language functioning. As such, the Child Study Team provides students and parents with the most comprehensive and reliable method of assessing children's needs and recommending appropriate educational and related services.
- School Psychologists
- The Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C)
- School Social Workers
- Speech-Language Specialists
- School based Occupational Therapy (OT)
- School based Physical Therapy (PT)
- School Physician
School Psychologists are specialists with training and expertise in psychology as it is applied to education. They use their training and skills to collaborate with parents, educators, and other professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe and supportive environment. School Psychologists use their understanding of school organization and effective learning to help students realize their academic and social potentials. They tailor their services to the particular needs of each child and each situation. A psychological assessment shall be the responsibility of a School Psychologist employed by the district Board of Education. The psychological assessment should include standardized and functional appraisals of a student’s current cognitive, intellectual, adaptive, social, emotional and behavioral status in the context of his/her environments. The assessment could include consultation with parents, educators, and relevant professionals; a student interview; and observation of the student in other than a testing situation.
The Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C) functions in the school environment as an educational diagnostician, instructional programmer and Child Study Team member. The LDT-C is required to be dually certified as a teacher. The requirement of classroom teaching experience offers a multi-dimensional relevance to the assessment and implementation processes. Learning Disability Teacher-Consultants (LDT-C) use their understanding of classroom functioning, effective teaching and adaptive instruction to help students maximize their learning potential and provide practical assistance to their teachers. Services provided include teacher/student consultation, coordination of services, and program development. The LDT-C must also effectively communicate with parents, teachers and administrators. An educational assessment shall be the responsibility of a learning disabilities teacher-consultant employed by the district board of education. The assessment could include both standardized and functional assessments, review of the student’s work samples and the student’s records, classroom observations, interviews of teacher and other relevant parties, evaluation and analysis of the student’s academic performance and learning characteristics.
School Social Workers provide unique services to students and their families, helping the students attain maximum benefits from their educational programs. The School Social Worker's knowledge of social, emotional, cultural and economic differences among children and families enable them to be the link between school, family and community. As a member of the educational team, School Social Workers promote and support students' academic and social/emotional well-being. A social assessment shall be the responsibility of a School Social Worker employed by the district board of education. The social assessment shall include an evaluation of the student's adaptive social functioning and emotional development and of the family, social, and cultural factors which influence the student's learning and behavior in the educational setting.
Speech-Language Specialists* are experts in all areas of communication who make assessments, analyses and classifications of students' communication competencies and characteristics. As a member of the educational team, the Speech Language Specialist participates in the planning of educational programs for children with communication disorders. Speech Language Specialists plan, prepare and deliver treatment programs for children with speech and language deficiencies. They also serve as resource persons in the area of speech and language development and disorders to classroom teachers, parents, administrators and the child study team. A speech and language assessment shall be the responsibility of a Speech/Language Pathologist. The assessment shall include observations of the student in other than a testing session, consultation with the classroom teacher, communication with the parent(s)/guardian(s), and an evaluation and analysis of speech and language development.
School based Occupational Therapy (OT) is provided when a student needs services to function in an educational environment. The need for OT services is identified through the use of formal and informal assessments conducted by the therapist. Direct OT services consist of group and/or individual sessions provided in class or out of class where the child’s specific goals are addressed through hands on, purposeful activity. Consultation is an ongoing communication between the therapist, parent, teacher and student where problem solving and trial of different adaptations are used to allow the student to functional optimally in his/her educational environment without the need for direct services.
School based Physical Therapy (PT) may be requested when there are those unique situations in which gross motor activity may significantly impact a student’s ability to access their education. The school therapist works on school related goals to help the student benefit from their educational program. Educational performance for young children also includes self-help skills, gross motor skills and participation in physical education classes. PT services can take place in a variety of school settings such as a classroom, hallway, gym, and playground or in separate therapy room. Collaborating with educational staff to modify the child’s environment and daily school activities is also part of school therapy.
Neurologist – This examination may be conducted if there is concern about possible open or closed head injuries (traumatic brain injury), autism or a pervasive developmental disorder, which would impact your child’s education performance. This would be conducted by a medical doctor whose specialty is in neurology or neuro-developmental pediatrics.
- How is a student referred for a Child Study Team Evaluation?
- What is the procedure after the referral is made?
- Are students automatically tested if the request is made?
- What is the procedure if the student is going to be tested?
Students between the ages of 3 and 21 suspected of having an educational disability may be referred to the Child Study Team for an evaluation by a variety of sources but generally they come from one of the following:
Parents may request a Child Study Team Evaluation by contacting the Case Manager at their child’s school and forwarding the request in writing.
The I&RS Intervention and Referral Services is a building based inter-disciplinary group that meets regularly to provide intervention for students experiencing difficulty in the classroom. Once the I&RS has utilized its resources and determines that additional information may be necessary, or feels that the student may be potentially educationally disabled, the student may be recommended for a CST evaluation.
3. ADMINISTRATORS or OUTSIDE AGENCIES:
The Principal or other building administrator or an individual from an outside agency (doctor, social worker etc.) may refer a student for a Child Study Team Evaluation.
Once the referral has been made the Case Manager has twenty (20) days to schedule an Identification Meeting. The necessary personnel expected to attend this meeting would be a social worker, psychologist, learning disabilities teacher consultant, classroom teacher, speech & language specialist (if the suspected disability included that area or the child was age 3-5) and certainly the parent.
Once it is determined that testing is necessary an assessment plan is developed and the parent/guardian gives written permission. The district then has ninety (90) days to complete the necessary evaluations. Within the ninety (90) days an Eligibility Conference is scheduled where the evaluations are interpreted and it is determined if the student is eligible for special education and/or related services.
Special education services are provided for children who range from the age of three to the age of twenty-one. Many different programs are available to students who have a documented disability. Examples of these programs would include: general education with support services, resource center intervention, special classes, and special schools. A student's Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) dictates the setting and range of services.
The Pine Hill Child Study Team is located at the Overbrook High School on Turnerville Road.
Preschool Age Child / Project Child Find - Fact Sheet
If you have or know of a preschool child (2 ½ - 5) who may have a speech, vision, hearing, motor, learning, or emotional problem, free services may be available through the Pine Hill Public School System.
If you have a concern about a child, please call Debby Barratt at 856-767-8000 extension 3021 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Or you may write: Ms. Amy Francis, Director, Special Services, Overbrook High School, 1200 Turnerville Road, Pine Hill, NJ 08021.
The Pine Hill School District provides instruction and programs designed to meet the needs of our talented and diverse student population. Our PreK-12 curriculum is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and is designed to challenge students and provide opportunities for each child to build a strong educational foundation and develop their individual strengths. Character education, health and safety, and student leadership are emphasized at each grade level to encourage lifelong skills that will prepare students to be successful in their future endeavors.
A multi-tiered academic support program is in place throughout all grades in order to ensure student mastery of core skills in Literacy and Mathematics. Progress is monitored on an ongoing basis, and specialized support is provided in response to individual student needs.
Our committed staff of educators participates in a variety of professional learning activities to both collaborate and continually stay informed of the latest learning research. As a result, students are afforded opportunities to participate in learning activities that are engaging and fun, while at the same time learning and applying real-world problem solving and teamwork skills.
We encourage our community to be involved in our schools and join us in our commitment to educate the whole child and provide the very best opportunities we can to our children.
Yours in Education,
Ms. Heidi L. Daunoras
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
856-783-6900 ext. 1118
The GovDeals.com site is a national program that is also NJ state approved in which Government agencies such as Schools, Municipalities as well as Police and Fire Departments can sell their surplus equipment. And everyone in the world can register and bid on items.