Special Services

2020-2021 School Year Update: A combination of in person and remote instruction will be offered during the 2020/2021 school year due to the COVID - 19 outbreak. Remote instruction includes the provision of special education and related services via online or virtual instruction/meetings, supplemental activities, telephone calls, pre-recorded videos, packets that provide curriculum-based instructional activities or activities from a teacher and/or related service provider which could be accomplished at the child’s home. 

The Child Study Team is following safety procedures to minimize exposure and to protect the community. At this time, all meetings and communication will take place through electronic means including, Google Meets, Zoom, telephone and email. 


The Carlstadt Public School Department of Special Services, in compliance with New Jersey Administrative Code, provides high-quality education in the least restrictive environment to its students with disabilities who require special education services. Emphasis is placed on facilitating inclusion in general education settings to the fullest extent possible.  Programs are assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure that students’ individual needs are met.  

Special Services Staff is comprised of experts in their fields who are dedicated to developing education plans and delivering services vital to meeting each student’s needs.   

Child Study Team Members:






Diana Gutierrez

Director of Special Services



Susan Kiely

School Social Worker



Melissa Simon

School Psychologist



Therese Kearns

Learning Disabilities Teacher - Consultant



Allison Gorelick

Speech and Language Specialist



Keith Martell

Occupational Therapist



Maria Jusino

Secretary for the CST




A student may be referred to the Child Study Team for evaluation by teachers, parents/guardians, counselors, and/or building administrators.  Parents/guardians may request consideration for evaluation of their child by  writing a request to the Director of Special Services.



Eligibility of Services

Who is Eligible

Any child between the ages of 3 and 21, whose parents are legal residents of Borough of Carlstadt, is a potential candidate for services. Services are for students (age 3 - 21) with educational disabilities or believed to have such disabilities.

Becoming Eligible

A child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5 can be evaluated by the Child Study Team (CST) to determine if there exists an educational disability. Parents are encouraged to phone the Special Services Department to request further information at (201) 672- 3000 x 3111.


Any child who is having difficulty in school should be referred to the  Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Team, where interventions will be developed to address those difficulties. If school-based, general education efforts do not resolve the difficulty, the I&RS Team may make a referral to the Child Study Team. Each step of the way, parents are part of the process and are informed before any action is taken.


Parents have the option of making a direct written referral to the Child Study Team, but working with the school-based I&RS Team is recommended as an appropriate first step in most situations.


Child Study Team Process

The process begins with the parent being notified, in writing, of a meeting with the Team and receiving a copy of Parental Rights in Special Education, a booklet prepared by the NJ Department of Education advising parents of their basic rights and responsibilities in the process.


The first meeting is a planning meeting at which time all available information is reviewed with the parents, the CST, the child's teacher, and others who might have knowledge of the child and his or her difficulty in school. Following review of the material, a decision is made whether or not the child potentially has an educational disability. If there is agreement that an evaluation should be conducted, the nature and scope of the evaluation is discussed and written parent consent for the evaluation is required.


Each document that is prepared and/or signed is copied for the parents, and they are reminded throughout the process of their parental rights.


Members of the CST conduct individual evaluations based on their specialties. A written report is prepared and sent to the parents in advance of an Eligibility Meeting, held to discuss all of the evaluations and to receive the recommendations of the Child Study Team. Again, parent input is an important part of this process. Parents may bring others to any meeting if they wish.


Project Child Find  

The Carlstadt Public School district recognizes the importance of providing services to children with special needs through its Project Child Find efforts. CPS annually seeks to identify children, residing in the Borough of Carlstadt, from the ages of 3 through 21 who may be at risk for learning disabilities. Children in this age group who exhibit developmental delays in language, cognition, physical and/or emotional development, may be eligible for services from the public school. If your child is determined to be potentially eligible for services, the local public school district will evaluate your child.  The evaluation is available to preschoolers; to highly mobile students with disabilities, such as migrant and homeless students; and to students who may have a disability. Children found to be eligible for special education and related services are entitled to free and appropriate special education programming and related services. Parents should contact the district if they have concerns when their child is 2 years six months of age.

If you suspect that your child has a disabling condition or you would like further information, please call the Office of Special Services at (201) 672- 3000  extension 3111.  

Information is provided to parents of children from birth through 3 years of age regarding early intervention services.

Early Intervention (Birth to 3 years):

Early Intervention services are available for children from birth to three years old who exhibit delays in communication, motor skills, cognition, or behavior. Call the County Office at 201-336-6875 or the Student Personnel Services Office (800) 322-8174 for additional information.





NJ Special Education Regulation (PRISE)


Parents or guardians may access:


Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE)


Revised August 2019



Revised September 2012



Revised September 2012



Revised September 2012



Revised September 2012


If you would like a printed copy of N.J.A.C. 1:6A, N.J.A.C. 6A:14, or PRISE, please request one from the Office of Special Services by emailing mjusino@carlstadtps.org.



Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)

NJ Administrative Code 6A:14-1.2(h): “Each board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.”


As such, the Carlstadt Public School District established the C.P.S SEPAG as a forum for parents/guardians to provide input to the district regarding students with disabilities. The committee meets on a regular basis to discuss District matters regarding Special Education programs. We welcome the participation of all parents.


Progress Reports

Parents will be regularly informed of their student's progress toward the annual goals.Progress reports will be available to you online through the Genesis Parent Portal.

Please follow the procedure listed below:



  • Click on Summary
  • Under the attendance you will see a link for “IEP Direct Document Portal”
  • Click OK
  • Click link for “IEP Progress Report” and  select the current marking period
  • Progress Report will download on the bottom of your screen, click on the .pdf to open and view



Hard copies of progress reports are available, when requested.

Right to a Foreign Language Translator/ Interpreter


Right to a Foreign Language Translator/ Interpreter 

The purpose of this notice is to inform you, in writing, that foreign language interpreters or translators, and sign language interpreters for the deaf,  shall be provided by the district board of education at no cost to the parent/guardian, when requested by the parent/ guardian.