Thank you to today’s speaker, Robin Marino, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, PPS, for the Stratford BOE. In her presentation Ms. Marino explained the numerous support services in place and their functions within the system. These services are delivered through the following departments and programs: Special Education; Pupil Services; Health Services; Early Learning Services; Alternative Learning Program Honoring Achievement (ALPHA); The Strive Program, The STEPS Program and Homebound Instruction. Ms. Marino is assisted by Kate Ceriello, Coordinator of Special Education, Karen Proto, Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services, Aimee Boyle, Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services, Thomas Brant, Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services A.L.P.H.A., Kathryn Mascia, Department Head for Alternative Services, Jennifer Alves, Coordinator, Early Childhood and Brittany Little, Inclusion Facilitator.
PPS is an integral part of our school district is providing all disabled students an appropriate education through a continuum of services to address their educational needs. Through the support and services of the Department of Pupil Personnel Services, Stratford Public Schools has a process in place that gives the parent or guardian the opportunity to join in partnership with educators and other professionals in developing and implementing special education services for students identified as having a disability. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to become involved as vital participants and advocates in supporting and promoting social, emotional, and academic student growth.
The primary goal of the Department of Pupil Services is to provide consultation, support, and services to any child identified in need in an effort to keep that child academically, socially, and behaviorally successful in the general education environment. These collaborative supports are provided through direct and indirect pre-intervention services.  Only after an array of regular education interventions is exhausted do the schools consider special education intervention.  If a child is identified as having a disability, as defined by Federal and/or State law, and that disability impacts on the child's ability to benefit from their education, this child may receive special education instruction and/or services. Each disabled child receiving special education service is provided with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is a written plan developed by the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) that describes the educational programming designed for a child needing special education instruction and/or related services in the least restrictive environment (LRE). To reach this goal, Stratford offers a continuum of services including regular and special education collaborative teaching models allowing the disabled student to remain in the inclusionary environment.  For further information please call Special Education at (203) 385-4225 or call the pupil services/special education team at each school within the district.