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.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.Building-Based CSE Meetings
To make a referral to Special Education for your son/daughter:
Write a letter (not an email) to:Special Education Office100 Hinds StreetTonawanda, NY 14150
The letter should include:
1. Your address
3. Your child's name
4. An explanation of the difficulties your child is experiencing that are leading to a referral
5. Your signatureCommissioner's RegulationsThe 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.