The Special Services Department of Pascack Valley Regional High School District (PVRHSD) is committed to ensuring that each student with a disability receives a free and appropriate public education consisting of placement and services based on the student’s unique needs. Our students are afforded full educational opportunities, and to the maximum extent possible, are placed in the least restrictive environment.
We believe that all students can learn. We are committed to providing services to students that will ensure personal and academic success.
This is accomplished through a comprehensive continuum of in-district placement options. Classified students can be mainstreamed with supplementary aids and services in general education classes. Also, inclusive education is provided through in-class support from a Special Education teacher in collaboratively taught classes with approximately 80 such classes offered district wide.
Students also benefit from Secondary Special classes, (taught by general education content specialists with no more than 16 classified students per class), Resource Replacement classes, (taught by content specialists who are also certified in Special Education with no more than 12 students per class), and Resource Pull-out Support (Study Skills) classes. The district offers nearly 150 collaborative and special education classes.
In addition to the aforementioned class offerings, PVRHSD has three Special Programs to meet the multiple needs of students with emotional disabilities, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, multiple disabilities, and communication impairments. Two of the programs are for students with behavioral needs and provide therapeutic and behavioral services as well as adapted curriculum. A third program is provided to students with learning and language disabilities and offers modified curriculum, functional life skills development through a Life Skills class component, community based learning opportunities, and functional and vocational skill development through the district’s Career Exploration and Internship Programs. The Careers program is offered to classified and non-classified students throughout the district and has a current enrollment of 37 students.
The Special Services Department is comprised of two Child Study Teams (two Psychologists, two Social Workers, and three Learning Consultants along with 24 Special Education Teachers, 18 one-to-one and Instructional Assistants, a Speech and Language Therapist, Coordinator of Special Programs, School Psychologist for Special Programs and a District Behavioral Consultant.
As part of school wide Positive Behavior Supports, Special Services, Guidance and Administration (SGA) meet monthly to plan and provide assistance to any student encountering significant difficulties and who may be at-risk. Special Services is also represented on the district’s Intervention and Referral Service Committee (I & R/S). This committee serves non-classified students and identifies learning, behavior and health difficulties, collects information on these difficulties, develops and implements action plans, and works with teachers to assist in achieving desired outcomes.