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Public Notice

For Immediate Release:
There will be a Special Action Board Meeting on the following date:
August 29, 2017 6:00 pm
The meeting will be held at the Administration Building – Board Room
Topic of discussion: BoardDocs Overview

Special Services

Message from the Director

Welcome to Special Services Section on the Bridgeton Public Schools Website.  We have included information on the special services section regarding Child Find and Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) Meeting schedules for your convenience.

Bridgeton Public Schools currently provides special education services to all its classified students in and out of district.  The in-district programs are listed on the Web Page under the school that houses the program.

The belief that each child matters is at the heart of all of our efforts at the Bridgeton Office of Special Education.  We are committed to creating all-inclusive schools with programs and services that promote the success of all students.  We nurture collaboration between students, families and school staff that provide support for students with disabilities and their parents in the implementation of individualized education programs in the students’ least restrictive environment.

All the schools in our District are supported by our comprehensive academic and behavioral support system.  Students with disabilities are educated with their non-disabled peers and receive the same programs and services available to our general education population.

The Office of Special Education also ensures that parents are an integral part of our comprehensive support system.  Our goal is to have parents representing each school as designated by the school’s principal.  The Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) meets every other month and in turn assists in planning and disseminating information on programs and services to the community.

I believe these changes will provide a more stable educational environment and continued support for our students PreK-12.

Dr. Eniola Ajayi

Director of Special Services

Special Education Program Descriptions and Locations



The Bridgeton Public School District consists of schools with a variety of programs however; not all program are available at each school. The programs are:

Preschool Disabilities
Geraldyn O. Foster Early Childhood Center

This program is a full day program and it serves students between the ages of three and five. It is a centered based program where children can achieve success in the development of language, cognitive, motor, social/emotional, self-help and pre-academic skills. Opportunities for inclusion are available daily as the PSD students are included in the regular preschool classes. PSD students are supported in inclusion settings by instructional aides and a certified teacher of the handicapped. In-Class Support is provided to identified Preschool Disabled students based on the student’s IEP. Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. An extended school year is available based on the student’s IEP.
Multiple Disabilities Programs
Bridgeton High School

The self-contained program is for students with moderate to severe disabilities. It allows them the opportunity to take all of their core content areas within a small structured setting. The regular education curriculum is modified based on each student’s Individual Educational Program. Students can then be mainstreamed with their peers enabling their education to be in the least restrictive environment. The amount and type of inclusion varies and is based on the student’s needs. A teacher who possesses a teacher of the handicapped certification and an instructional aide instruct in the program. Additional aides may be assigned to each program to assist students who have unique needs that require additional attention and support. Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and physical therapy. An extended school year is available based on the student’s IEP.
Behavioral Disabled Program 
West Avenue School, Quarter Mile Lane School, Indian Avenue School, Bridgeton High School

The Behavioral Disabilities Program is a self-contained program, which provides a structured environment that focuses on targeted behavior intended to enable students to achieve the educational, social emotional and behavioral goals of their Individual Educational Program. The regular education curriculum is used but modified based on each student’s Individual Educational Program. It also offers students the opportunity to be educated with their peers thus providing education in the least restrictive environment. A teacher who possesses a teacher of the handicapped certification and an instructional aide instruct each of these programs. Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and physical therapy. An extended school year is available based on the student’s IEP.
Learning and/or Language Disabled Programs
Indian Avenue School and Cherry Street School

These programs are offered and allow for students to take some or all of their core content classes (math, science, social studies and language arts) in a small structured environment, which provides individualized and small group instruction. The regular education curriculum is used but modified and supplemented based on each student’s Individual Educational Program. At the secondary level, the students follow a departmentalized approach where they will rotate among special education teachers who have been deemed “Highly Qualified.” Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and physical therapy. An extended school year is available based on the student’s IEP.
Cognitively Impaired Mild
Broad Street School and Bridgeton High School

The program is offered for students who demonstrate significantly below average general cognitive functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior. A student's educational performance is adversely affected by delays that occurred during developmental periods. The delays affect the quality and rate of learning as well as the use of symbols for the interpretation of information and the solution of problems. The programs allow for students to take some or all of their core content classes (math, science, social studies and language arts) in a small structured environment, which provides individualized and small group instruction. The regular education curriculum is used but modified and supplemented based on each student’s Individual Educational Program. At the secondary level, the students follow a departmentalized approach where they will rotate among special education teachers who have been deemed “Highly Qualified.” Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and physical therapy. An extended school year is available based on the student’s IEP.
Cognitively Impaired Moderate
Buckshutem Road School and West Avenue School

The program is offered for students who demonstrate moderately below average general cognitive functioning in that students display delays in the ability to use symbols and solving problems of low complexity. These cognitive delays exist concurrently with deficits in the ability to function socially without direct and close supervision. The programs allow for students to take some or all of their core content classes (math, science, social studies and language arts) in a small structured environment, which provides individualized and small group instruction. The regular education curriculum is used but modified and supplemented based on each student’s Individual Educational Program. Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and physical therapy. An extended school year is available based on the student’s IEP.
In-Class Support Resource Center Programs
Broad Street School, Indian Avenue School, Quarter Mile Lane School, West Avenue School, Bridgeton High School

In-Class Support Resource Center Programs are utilized in all schools from PreK to 12th grade. Subjects include Reading/Language Arts, Math, as well as Social Studies, Science and an occasional elective at the high school level. A certified teacher of the handicapped works as a partner with the regular education teacher. Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and physical therapy.
Resource Centers 

Resource Center Programs operate in the high school. The program allow students to take some or all of their core content classes (math, science, social studies and language arts) in a small structured environment, with emphasis on skill development toward reaching the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The regular education curriculum is modified based on the each student’s Individual Educational Program. Related services offered include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and physical therapy.

Resources

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Notice of Child Find Activity

Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
and New Jersey Administrative Code,
Title 6A:14-3.3(e), Special Education

The Bridgeton Public School District will locate, identify, and evaluate resident students with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services. 

Please contact the Office of Student Support Services at (856) 455-8030 ex. 2023, if you are in need of special education or related services.

Below you will find our district Special Education Advisory meeting schedule. Dates, Times, and Locations are provided.

  • October 21, 2016 2:00PM - 3:00PM

    Presentation will be given by the Child Study Team Psychologists, in the Parent Center at the Geraldine O. Foster Early Childhood Center.

  • January 20, 2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM

    Presentation will be given by the Child Study Team Social Workers, in the Parent Center at the Geraldine O. Foster Early Childhood Center.

  • April 7, 2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM

    Presentation will be given by the Child Study Team LDTC Staff, in the Parent Center at the Geraldine O. Foster Early Childhood Center.

District Anti-Bullying Initiative

Bridgeton Public School District takes bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying, we have selected Dr. Christopher Tavani to serve as our district Anti-Bullying Coordinator. Please contact him if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our district.

Below are links to district policies and other information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

Score: 75/78

At Bridgeton High School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Mr. Dan Martinez and Mrs. Bonnie Kane to serve as our school anti-bullying specialists. Please contact them if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Score: 75

At Broad Street School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Rashun Stewart and Elizabeth Corbett to serve as our school anti-bullying specialists. Please contact them if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani.

Score: 72

At Buckshutem Road School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Maria Martini and Elaine Wymbs to serve as our school anti-bullying specialists. Please contact them if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani.

Score: 77

At Cherry Street School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Lynne Hallanan and Beth Sokolic to serve as our school anti-bullying specialists. Please contact them if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani.

Score: 76

At the Geraldyn O. Foster Early Childhood Center we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Susan Waterman This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to serve as our anti-bullying specialist. Please contact her if you have any concerns about bullying taking place.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani.

Score: 72

At Indian Avenue School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Esther Carter and Gilinda Lebron This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to serve as our school anti-bullying specialists. Please contact them if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani.

Score: 75

At Quarter Mile Lane School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected William Kennedy This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to serve as our school anti-bullying specialist. Please contact him if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani.

Score: 75

At West Avenue School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Thomas Herman and Bruno Vagnarelli This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to serve as our school anti-bullying specialist. Please contact her if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

5131 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

5131 1(Y) Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Complaint, Form

If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Dr. Christopher Tavani.

Score: 70

Special Services Staff

Dr. Eniola Ajayi
Director of Student Support Services

Jane Caine
Secretary

Gwen Hitchner
Secretary

Heather Dougherty
Aide/Hospital

Elaine Meeker
Teacher/Hospital

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