The Ramsey School District Special Services Department provides specialists in the areas of child study, school counseling, and speech and language, occupational and physical therapists.
Child Study Services
In our district child study services are provided by school psychologists, learning disabilities teacher- consultants (LDTC’s) and school social workers. There are school psychologists, LDTC’s and school social workers assigned to each of our schools. The child study team members provide a variety of services including specialized assistance to classroom teachers regarding techniques, materials and programs, consultation with parents and teachers, counseling, and testing. In addition, Child Study Team specialists have the responsibility for the determination of special education eligibility and the development and monitoring of Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
Speech and Language Services
Speech and language services are provided by certified speech and language therapists. Services include consultation with parents and teachers, specialized assessments, programming and therapy designed to remediate the handicapping condition that adversely affects the child's educational performance.
General Questions and Concerns
Sometimes general questions and concerns can be addressed by navigating the different sites on our newly designed Department Web Page. For more specific information, you are encouraged to contact a member of the child study team in the school your child attends or you can contact Mr. Greg Acocella at 201.785.2300 ext 25473.
Ramsey Residents: Do You Think Your Child May Need an Evaluation?
If you believe your child may need an evaluation, Please send a letter to the Director of Special Services at the following address:
Ms. Donna Volpe
Department of Special Services
John Y. Dater School
35 School Street
Ramsey, New Jersey 07446
Please add the following items in your correspondence when requesting an evaluation:
- Your child’s full name and date of birth,
- A brief explanation of why you would like your child evaluated,
- A copy of any reports you may have, if your child has been previously evaluated,
- Your contact information including address, phone number, and email; and
- An original signature on your letter.
Child Find Information
"Child Find": Special Education For Pupils Ages 3-21
Programs for children ages 3 through 21 are conducted in Ramsey. These programs are for children who have an identified disabling condition and/or a measurable developmental delay in physical, social, communication, and/or emotional areas, and who may require and would benefit from special educational and related services. Eligibility for these services is determined by a Child Study Team evaluation of the child.
Any resident who has a child, ages 3 through 21 years, who may require special services, should contact the Office of Special Services of the Ramsey Public Schools at 201-785-2300 x 25473.
"Child Find": Birth to age 3
If your child is under the age of 3 - If your child should be crawling, walking or talking but isn’t, call for information about resources and services for your child under age 3. The New Jersey Early Intervention System
statewide toll-free number is 1-888-NJ-EI-INFO (1-888-653-4463).
Non Public Students: How to Make a Referral and Request Help
If your child is ages 5-21 - If you would like to request an evaluation complete a 407-1 or 407-1NR form and submit to your school principal or director of special education. These referrals are made to the school your child attends. This form can be obtained from your child's school.
If your child is ages 3-4 - The written request for an evaluation must be sent to the special education department in the town where you live.
If your child is under the age of 3 - If your child should be crawling, walking or talking but isn’t, call for information about resources and services for your child under age 3. The New Jersey Early Intervention System statewide toll-free number is 1-888-NJ-EI-INFO (1-888-653-4463).