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 students 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 specially designed instruction for students (ages 5-21 years) who are identified by the district Committee on Special Education (CSE) as having a disability which adversely affects learning.

The CSE is a multidisciplinary team 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), the child (sixth grade and up), a school psychologist, a special education teacher and a general education teacher. Additional participants, such as a building principal, speech/language pathologist, the school physician, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a social worker, or counselor may also be present. Students of transition age 12 years and older are actively encouraged to attend and participate in meetings to develop self-advocacy skills. Student, parent and professionals dialog is a cornerstone of our CSE process to promote placements and services in the least restrictive environment.

The committee members are appointed annually by and responsible to the Board of Education, hold meetings on a regular basis to respond to initial referrals, amendment requests, complete reevaluations 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.


For the past several years, we have conducted CSE meetings at the individual buildings or placement location. 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 CSE approach has been extremely successful as it allows parents and professional staff to have enhanced communication and input in meeting student needs.


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


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

Part 200/201 Commissioner's Regulations


If your child is disabled or you suspect he/she may be disabled, he or she may be entitled to special education and/or related services without cost to you. A child with a disability is entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). If you have questions or wish to refer your child, please contact Amy Edgerton at 694-7684 or