• Special Education Services (CSE)

    The Tonawanda City School District is committed to providing all students with a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible.
      In order to meet the needs of our student's with disabilities, students at risk or students needing intervention supports, the district offers alternative programs, supplementary aids and special education services.
    Special Education services and programs mainly consist of specifically designed instruction for students (ages 3-5 years) who are identified by the district committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) or for students (ages 5-21 years) who are identified by the district Committee on Special Education (CSE) as having a disability which interferes with learning. 
    The CPSE and CSE are multidisciplinary teams of parents and professionals responsible for determining eligibility, coordinating evaluations, and recommending programs or services.  Members of the committee include the child’s parent(s), a school psychologist, a special education teacher, a general education teacher, a parent of a child with a disability, and an administrator.  Additional participants, such as a building principal, speech/language pathologist, the school physician, and the student himself/herself may also be present.    Students of transition age 13 years and older are actively encouraged to attend and participate in meetings to develop self-advocacy skills.   Student, parent and professional dialogue is a cornerstone of our CSE/CPSE process to promote placements and services in the least restrictive environment.
    The committee memebers are appointed annually by and responsible to the Board of Education, hold meetings on a regular basis (see CSE/CPSE calendar link for more details) to respond to initial referrals, amendment requests and process required annual review meetings.  The District is committed to identifying children with disabilities and providing necessary, appropriate services and support within the least restrictive environment. If you suspect your child has a disability, please contact your building principal or the Pupil Personnel Services office.
    Building-Based CSE Meetings
    For the past several years, we have conducted CSE sub-committee meetings at the individual buildings. For the first time during the 2008-09 school year, all meetings, FULL CSE and SUB CSE meetings were held at the child's school of attendance (excluding students attending Out-of-District {BOCES/Agency} placements.  These meetings generally occur at the child's home school of attendance. This approach has assisted families become more involved in the meetings and learn to advocate for their son's or daughter's needs.
    The sub and full CSE committee approach has been extremely successful as it allows parents and professional staff to have enhanced communication and input in meeting student needs.
  • Referral

    To make a referral to Special Education for your son/daughter:

    Write a letter (not an email) to:
    Special Education Office
    100 Hinds Street
    Tonawanda, NY 14150

    The letter should include: 

    1. Your address
    2. Date
    3. Your child's name
    4. An explanation of the difficulties your child is experiencing that are leading to a referral
    5. Your signature

    Commissioner's Regulations
    The CSE process is operated in accordance to the Commissioner's Part 200/201 regulations. 

    Child Find Notice
    As part of the Child Find obligation, part 200 Regulations, the Tonawanda City School District is seeking information from parents regarding their children’s learning. If you believe your child is not learning at the same rate as his/her peers and you suspect it is due to a disability, please contact the office of the Director of Pupil Personnel at 716-694-7684.