Special Education/Section 504
Dear Community Members,
Welcome to the Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Department in The Bronxville School. We are committed, as a community, to addressing the educational needs of our children who have disabilities from the age of 3 through the age of 21.
Committee on Pre-School Education (CPSE)
Any children who are 3 to 5 years of age and are suspected of having a disability and live within the Bronxville School District can be referred for a pre-school evaluation. These pre-school evaluations are conducted by Westchester County approved pre-school evaluation sites. The CPSE is a multi- disciplinary team who will convene to determine if a pre-school child is eligible for special education as outlined in New York State regulations.
Committee on Special Education (CSE)
As required by the New York State Education Department, if a school age student (ages 5 to 21) is suspected as having a disability, the Bronxville School conducts multi-disciplinary evaluations. Once the evaluations are complete, the student will be reviewed by the CSE to determine if they have a disability and are eligible for special education. Students with disabilities are provided Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), which can include special classes, resource room, consultant teacher, related services, assistive technology as well as accommodations/ modifications in the general education classroom. The Bronxville School employs School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists in order to assess students’ needs, to plan appropriate educational programs, and to service students who are found eligible.
The Bronxville School is committed to offering special education in the least restrictive environment. To that end, we provide education to our students with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate.
The Bronxville School’s Pupil Personnel Department is also involved in determining if a student requires a Section 504 Accommodation Plan in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities may be eligible for a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
In our current state of Remote Learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the related services and Psychology departments have created some resources for students and families online.
District Wide Related Services Website
District Wide Psychology Website
Off to the right, you will find my contact information in addition to all of our School Psychologists who are prepared to assist you with any questions you may have.
For information about our Bronxville Organization for Learning Differences (BOLD), a parent support group through our PTA, please click on the following link: https:\\www.bronxvillepta.org\bold
Click here for the latest BOLD Meeting (10/27/2021)
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have regarding your child’s educational needs.
Rachel L. Kelly, Ph.D.
Rachel Kelly, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
914-395-0500, Ext. 2402
Christine Dowd, Ed.M.
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
914-395-0500, Ext. 3630
Alex Kelly, Ed.M., NCSP
Grades K through 2
914-395-0500, Ext. 2154
Samantha Lewis, Ph.D.
Grades 3 through 5
914-395-0500, Ext. 2257
Joyce Vastola, Psy.D.
Elementary CARE Program
914-395-0500, Ext. 2237
Jillian Tomlin, M.Ed., NCSP
Grades 6 through 8
914-395-0500, Ext. 2226
Thomas F. Viviano, Ph.D.
Grades 9 through 12
914-395-0500, Ext. 2113
Pupil Personnel Services Assistant
CPSE and CSE Facilitator
914-395-0500, Ext. 2285