Committee on Special Education
Related services can be provided either individually or in a
group of no more than five students with similar needs. Services
can be provided as a pull-out (non-integrated) or a push-in
Commonly referred to as Inclusion Classes, students receive
their instruction alongside their grade appropriate peers. They
are participating in the general education curriculum in a
co-teaching setting. They are provided with the modifications,
accommodations and supports necessary to enable them to
successfully learn the curriculum and meet the state standards.
Secondary Students are recommended into inclusion classes based
on their level of need in each subject area. Elementary students
may receive 2 - 4 hours of inclusion daily.
Students whose disabilities are of such a nature that they must
receive instruction in a program that is provided outside the
school district are served by Orange/Ulster BOCES or another local
county BOCES. BOCES Satellites are located in the following
districts: Minisink Valley, Warwick, Valley Central, Cornwall,
Chester, Middletown, Goshen and Pine Bush. Satellite programs are
housed in General Education buildings and offer some opportunity
for special education students to interact with same age peers.
Students who cannot be serviced by the Port Jervis City School District or any other Public School/BOCES Program due to the severity of their disability may be recommended to attend private day programs or special act school districts.
Tutoring is provided (1 hour daily for elementary students, 2 hours daily for secondary students) when there is a specific statement in writing from a physician that the student is not capable of attending school for a specified time period, and the Committee on Special Education is in agreement with the physician’s recommendation.
The total removal of the student from the home is necessary
only in the most severe cases in order to deliver appropriate
services to the student which do not exist within any of the
less restrictive settings.
Project Discovery offers a free universal pre-kindergarten program for all Port Jervis students the year prior to entering Kindergarten, and integrated preschool classes for all children with special needs.
This unique Easter Seals program provides special education
services, including speech and language therapy, occupational
therapy, physical therapy and counseling to special needs
preschoolers within the regular education environment, while
simultaneously providing a rich and stimulating preschool
curriculum for general education students.
The curriculum incorporates the Easter Seals Early Childhood Development philosophy, with the Special Education goals and objectives of the Port Jervis School District. The expertise of district teachers, and the creativity of the staff at Project Discovery, bring unique and essential elements to the program. LEARN MORE