The Special Services Department is responsible for providing a free appropriate public education to all pupils who are classified under NJAC 6A:14. These services may be provided within the local schools or in an appropriate out of district placement. Roxbury Township Special Services Department currently provides the following services and in-district programs for students who are classified:
Speech and Hearing Services
Speech and language specialists and a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired provide instruction for pupils having such need. Appropriate supporting procedures are recommended to teachers for the classroom and to parents for use at home.
Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy
OT and PT specialists provide therapy for students who require related services.
A child is eligible for entrance into a program of special education who has attained his/her third birthday and has been found by the Child Study Team to be eligible for a program for the preschool disabled in accordance with rules outlined in NJAC 6A:14.
Special Education Programming
A full continuum of special education programming is offered including:
In-Class Resource (ICR), Out of Class Resource (OCR), Language and Learning Disabilities(LLD/Self-Contained)
Programs Unique to Roxbury:
REACH (Grades 5-8)
The REACH program is a specialized behavioral program in a public school for students between the ages of six through thirteen who exhibit significant emotional, behavioral, and social needs. Students receive supports to address their behavioral, emotional, and social needs that impact their ability to meet success in school. Behavioral goals are addressed via a classroom behavior modification system that focuses on building social skills, academic progress, and learning to work toward self-established goals. Intensive school-based counseling is provided in a group or individual setting depending on student needs, provided by Sage Day. A behaviorist is available to consult with school staff to develop systems of supports to meet student needs. Students who have met success in the REACH classroom and have generalized the skills they have learned can apply those skills in a general education class with whatever level of support needed.
Tides (Grades Pre-School through Age 21)
TIDES is a unique classroom environment for students diagnosed as having an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or with low cognitive ability. TIDES offers a low student to teacher ratio, which allows for individualized classroom programming to meet their specific needs while allowing them to progress within the general education curriculum to the best of their ability. Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, students’ specific skill deficits are addressed and strengthened in both group and individual instructional settings. TIDES students also benefit from inclusion in typical high school classes such as Physical Education, Performing/Visual Arts, and other electives. Emphasis is placed on social and emotional development, strengthening communication skills, and developing independent learners in all environments.
Delta (Grades 9-12)
Delta is a program for students with behavioral as well as social-emotional difficulties. The program consists of a small structured classroom supported by one main classroom teacher, paraprofessional support, and a counselor. A classroom-wide behavior management system working towards both weekly and monthly goals is utilized. In addition to core subject areas, various electives are also offered within the program. General education classes outside of the Delta program are accessible as students demonstrate increased ability to monitor their own behavior and compensate for their individual areas of weakness. Students placed in general education classes continue to benefit from the support of Delta program staff through counseling and consultation with the general education classroom teachers.
OPUS (Grades 9-12)
The OPUS program is designed for students with social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties that interfere with a positive, successful school experience. The program offers specialized interventions for (1) School avoidance/refusal; (2) Anxiety, depression, or related social-emotional difficulties; and (3) Difficulty with peer relations, socialization, self-esteem. The program offers a wide-range of supports and services and includes a strong community component designed to foster a sense of belonging and mutual support among students. A skills-based approach is used within the program to facilitate social-emotional growth and academic success. Students are expected to participate in weekly individual and group counseling. Staff includes special education teachers, social worker, school psychologist, and paraprofessionals. The program also offers core academic classes, electives and modified Physical Education. The OPUS classroom is open and the staff is available throughout the school day. Participation in the program varies for each student, ranging from partial or full school day. Student schedules are individualized and determined collaboratively.
Vista (Grades 9-12)
The Vista program is designed for students who have multiple disabilities, including those students with physical and cognitive impairments. The Vista program offers a home base classroom that provides a calm, slower pace for students to receive their academic instruction. Emphasis is placed on functional academics and social skills that are unique to the students' individual needs. The Vista home base includes a classroom area for direct instruction as well as a kitchen area where students receive and practice functional life skills. A therapy area including OT/PT equipment is available in the classroom environment. Being located in a public school setting, Vista students are able to take advantage of a wide range of social and academic opportunities available outside of the classroom to the maximum extent possible. The Vista program emphasizes transition planning and activities through age 21, including access to a transition coordinator, job coach, and a Structured Learning Experience (SLE) teacher.
Sage In-District Counseling (Grades 5-12)
Sage Counseling services are available to general education and special education students who are experiencing emotional difficulties that impact their ability to be successful in school.