OFFICE OF PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES
Located at Greenville High School
(518) 966-5070 x321
Fax: (518) 966-6033
BROOK VAN FLEET
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES
The Office of Pupil Personnel services (PPS) is dedicated and committed to meeting the diverse needs of our students including the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of our students as a total group and especially to those students receiving special education services. Special education is individualized or group instruction, special services or programs, specifically designed for each child. It is the goal of the Greenville Central School District to provide the necessary supports and services to students in the least restrictive environment. In order to meet each student's individual needs and ensure success in their educational program, the Committees on Special Education (CSE) and Preschool Special Education (CPSE) are responsible for recommendations regarding the identification, evaluation, and programming for children who require special education services.
The Director of Pupil Personnel Services also has program responsibilities for the following areas: Office of the Registrar, school nurses, school guidance counselors, psychologists, speech and language therapists, itinerant service providers, ESL program teacher, special education teachers, Committee on Special Education, Committee on Pre-school Special Education, occupational therapists, physical therapist, and interpreters. In addition, PPS department personnel supervise the implementation of the Section 504 process, coordinate District screening programs for new students entering the school system, and have overall responsibilities for the implementation of the Part 200 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education for all students with disabilities.
In order to address the needs of students, each of our schools has an Instructional Support Team (IST). Membership on this team varies with the grade level of the school, however, the following people will be found on one or more of these teams: principal, school nurse, school guidance counselor, remedial reading teacher, school psychologist, special education teacher, social worker, and speech and language therapist. Regular meetings of the IST are scheduled throughout the year by members of these teams in their respective schools.
As the PPS total department personnel are an integral part of the Greenville CSD program to facilitate teaching and learning, they serve to:
Assist teachers to identify and understand pupil characteristics which influence learning styles and outcomes;
Provide information needed by the faculty and parents in planning appropriate educational options and programs for students;
Provide assistance to pupils in adjusting to learning situations, understanding themselves in relation to education, and in planning and preparing for adult living;
Assist parents to understand and support the pupil's progress in school;
Encourage and assist in the school district's efforts to provide for full development of each child within the total educational program.
WHAT IS SPECIAL EDUCATION?
Special education is specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of students with educational disabilities by providing each student a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to meet the academic, social and physical needs of each student. Special education is provided at no cost to the parents and may include instruction in the classroom, at home, or at another out of district placement such as a specialized school, hospital, or institution.
Once a student has been classified as having a disability and an IEP has been developed, the CSE committee will meet annually to review the student’s programs and services and develop goals for the next school year. The special education teacher will monitor the student’s progress on the goals and report that progress to the parents. Every three years, the student will be re-evaluated to determine if they still qualify for services as a student with a disability.
There are 13 disability categories under IDEA in which a student can be classified:
Other Health Impairment
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Speech or Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS/SERVICES:
Consultant Teacher Services - Consultant Teacher Services (minimum two hours per week) - are defined as direct and/or indirect services provided to a school-age student with a disability in the student's general education classes, including career and technical education classes, and/or to such student's general education teachers.
Special Class - A class consisting of students with disabilities who have been grouped together because of similarity of needs for the purpose of receiving their primary instruction separate from their non-disabled peers. Students receiving services in a special class must be ensured access to the general education curriculum.
Curriculum Support – Curriculum Support is usually provided by a Teaching Assistant in the student’s Science and/or Social Studies classes.
Resource Room - A resource room is a separate, remedial classroom in a school where students with educational disabilities, such as specific learning disabilities, are given direct, specialized instruction and academic remediation and assistance with homework and related assignments as individuals or in groups.
Speech and Language – Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders that is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), which are often referred to as speech therapists. Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication. These include articulation therapy, language intervention activities, and others depending on the type of speech or language disorder. Speech therapy may be needed for speech disorders that develop in childhood or speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury.
Physical Therapy - School-based physical therapists (PT) are part of a team of related service providers who support a student's ability to access his/her educational environment. ... The primary role of the school PT is to help students benefit from their educational program within the educational environment.
Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance. In schools, occupational therapy practitioners focus on academics, play and leisure, social participation, self-care skills (ADLs or Activities of Daily Living), and transition/ work skills.