Policy 7630

Committee on Special Education (CSE)/Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

Committee on Special Education (CSE) Membership

The Board will appoint a Committee on Special Education (CSE) in accordance with relevant law and regulations, whose membership will include, but not be limited to, the following members:

  • a) The parent(s) or persons in parental relation of the student;
  • b) At least than one regular education teacher of the student (if the student is, or may be, participating in the regular education environment);
  • c) At least than one special education teacher of the student, or, if appropriate, not less than one special education provider (i.e., related service provider) of the student;
  • d) A school psychologist;
  • e) A representative of the District who is qualified to provide or supervise special education and who is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and the availability of resources of the District. An individual who meets these qualifications may also be the same individual appointed as the special education teacher or special education provider of the student or the school psychologist. The representative of the District will serve as the chairperson of the Committee;
  • f) An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results, who may also be the CSE member appointed as the regular education teacher, the special education teacher or special education provider, the school psychologist, the District representative described above, or a person having knowledge or special expertise regarding the student as determined by the District;
  • g) A school physician, if specifically requested in writing by the parent of the student or by the District at least 72 hours prior to the meeting;
  • h) An additional parent member of a student with a disability residing in the District or a neighboring school district, provided that this parent member may be the parent of a student who has been declassified not longer than five years’ prior or the parent of a student who has graduated not longer than five years’ prior, if specifically requested in writing by the parent of the student, the student, or member of the CSE at least 72 hours prior to the meeting;
  • i) Other persons having knowledge or special expertise regarding the student as designated by either the parent or District;
  • j) The student, if appropriate.

Subcommittee on Special Education Membership

The Board may appoint, as necessary, Subcommittees on Special Education to assist in the timely evaluation and placement of students with disabilities in accordance with applicable law and Commissioner’s regulations. The Board will determine the number of subcommittees to be appointed upon the recommendation of the CSE.

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Membership

The Board will appoint a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) whose membership varies slightly from the membership of the CSE and will include, but not be limited to, the following members:

  • a) The parent(s) of the preschool child;
  • b) At least one regular education teacher of the child (if the child is, or may be, participating in the regular education environment);
  • c) At least one special education teacher of the child or, where appropriate, at least one special education provider (i.e., related service provider) of the child;
  • d) A representative of the District who is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, special education and who is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and the availability of preschool special education programs and services and other resources of the District and the municipality (who will serve as Chairperson of the CPSE);
  • e) An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results, who may be a member of the team appointed as the regular education teacher, the special education teacher or special education provider, the school psychologist, the District representative, or a person having knowledge or special expertise regarding the student as determined by the District;
  • f) At the discretion of the parent or the District, other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel as appropriate;
  • g) An additional parent member of a child with a disability who resides in the District or a neighboring school district, and whose child is enrolled in a preschool or elementary level education program if specifically requested in writing by the parent of the student or by a CSE member at least 72 hours prior to the meeting;
  • h) For a child in transition from early intervention programs and services, at the request of the parent or person in parental relation, the appropriate professional designated by the agency that has been charged with the responsibility for the preschool child; and
  • i) A representative of the municipality of the preschool child’s residence.

Member Attendance

All members of the CSE or CPSE must attend committee meetings except that the parent and District may agree in writing prior to the meeting date that the attendance of a member or members is not necessary or impossible in accordance with applicable Commissioner’s regulations and, as a result, may be excused from the meeting.

Training

The training of qualified personnel is essential to the effective implementation of Commissioner’s regulations regarding the education of all students with disabilities.

The Director of Special Education will establish administrative practices and procedures for training all District personnel responsible for carrying out the provisions of Part 200 of the Commissioner’s regulations as well as members of the CSE and CPSE.

Alternative Means of Meeting

When conducting a meeting of the CSE or CPSE, the parent and the representative of the District appointed to the CSE or CPSE may agree to use alternative means of meeting participation, such as videoconferences and conference calls.