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PHILOSOPHY & MISSION: The philosophy of the Bergen
Center for Child Development is to educate the students using
individualized instruction based upon present levels of educational
performance. Behavioral techniques and task analysis are
utilized to facilitate the students’ performance as provided
by the sending district’s Child Study Team. Each child
receives an educational program based upon his/her academic,
emotional, and social levels. The goal of the school is to
provide the students with skills necessary for successful adult
living as contributing members of society. The mission of the
Bergen Center is based upon meeting the intellectual, social,
emotional, and psychological needs of each student. The
Bergen Center provides an individualized Education Program where
each student progresses at his/her own pace. By working
together across disciplines, we are able to enable each student to
reach their full potential. Educational Goals To provide
our students with a learning environment that is flexible,
supportive, and appropriate to their individual needs. To
provide our students with an integrated and enriched educational
program, which allows them to achieve educational and personal
goals. To create a learning environment that incorporates
Common Core State Standards, adapted to give students the
opportunity to maximize their strengths and compensate for their
learning differences. To evaluate our students’ progress
consistently and to adjust their individualized program to fit
their needs. To provide our students with an educational
setting that promotes intellectual curiosity and a positive
attitude toward life-long learning. EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAM: The Bergen Center for Child Development, Inc.
founded by parents as a non-profit school for the handicapped in
August of 1968. Since that time, Bergen Center for Child
Development has continued to offer quality programming for multiply
disabled students, ages 5 through 21, from the local counties of
northern New Jersey. Bergen Center for Child Development is a
Charter Member of the New Jersey Schools and Agencies for the
Handicapped and a member of the National Association of Private
Schools for Exceptional Children. Our school is extremely
proud that instructional strategies reflect the Common Core State
Standards and various learning styles of our students.
Ongoing assessment is key to meeting the needs of our student
population. The program is designed to increase academic,
emotional, social, pre-vocational, and life skills. Bergen
Center for Child Development offers a ten-month program. An
extended school year is available for those students whose I.E.P.
stipulates this service. The school hours are from 8:00 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m. Transportation is provided by the sending
district. Hot lunches, under the Federal Child Nutrition
Program, are prepared daily in our kitchen. Free and reduced
price lunches are available upon application by the
parent. Our student body participates in a Food Drive during
the holiday season and donates the proceeds to those in need.
Students also assist in cooking a Thanksgiving holiday feast for
the entire school. Bergen Center for Child Development
participates in an intramural School Basketball Team. Games
are played with other private schools, which provides our students
with an opportunity to meet peers outside of the Bergen Center for
Child Development environment. Students must be in good
academic standing and demonstrate appropriate behavior in order to
participate on this team. A cheerleading team supports the
players at various games. Student Council is an excellent
opportunity for our students to learn about government and assist
in enhancing their school environment. Class representatives
are elected every November and meet regularly to discuss school
issues. Student Council members are expected to conduct
themselves as role models for their peers. Interact Club,
sponsored by the Northern Valley Rotary Club, is a school-based
club that provides service to the community. Presently we
assist with Bergen County Meals on Wheels, Therapy Dogs
International and local nursing homes.
Special events at
Bergen Center for Child Development allow parents/guardians to
socialize and educate themselves about topics that are important to
their family. Parents/guardians are also encouraged to attend
special events and field trips during the school day. At the
end of the school year, every student is presented with a Bergen
Center for Child Development Yearbook at no cost to his or her
family. This yearbook documents the many events at our school
and is organized and assembled by staff and
students. ADMISSIONS: Application to Bergen Center for
Child Development is initiated by the local public school’s
Child Study Team and parent/guardian. The Child Study Team
will forward, with parent/guardian approval, all medical
evaluations, Child Study Team evaluations, and a current
I.E.P. Parent/guardian and the applicant must visit the
school prior to acceptance. If the parent/guardian and Child
Study Team approve placement, medical documents (physical and
immunizations) must be provided to Bergen Center for Child
Development prior to a student’s first day.
Instructional Guide is developed by the Bergen Center for Child
Development teacher. The sending district also updates the
essential components of the I.E.P.
in a timely manner. Both
parent/guardian and Child Study Team must approve, and sign the
Instructional Guide before the Educational Program is
implemented. Four Progress Reports per year are prepared and
mailed to the parent/guardian and Child Study Team. BEHAVIOR
MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES: The Bergen Center for Child Development
uses a token economy point system to teach new behaviors and
reinforce positive behaviors.
Students earn points in all of their
Points are earned by successfully accomplishing or
performing a target behavior during the class period.
behavioral areas will be chosen to work on.
For example, a target
behavior may be “Working consistently throughout the
period.” If the student does this, then they earn a point for
accomplishing that task.
They can earn five (5) points during each
Should they do so, they will be entitled to one bonus
An additional bonus point can be added each period for
exemplary behavior. The points will be recorded by the
teacher on the point card each period.
Students earn points from
all classes. Teachers will be keep records for students.
Points can be used to buy items at The School Store.
point areas will also be used to determine student’s level
and allow additional privileges.
BASIC PRINCIPLES: Once
a point is earned, it is never taken away.
Point sheets are to be
marked for each target behavior with a (1), (+), (x) or ().
If a target behavior is not met during a particular class period
then the box associated with that behavior is left blank.Language
used should always be positive. Avoid words that are negative
when addressing students (students make bad choices, they have a
bad day however they are never bad.)Behaviors on a student’s
card will always be stated in the positive showing the student what
behavior is acceptable and expected.
Clip art can be added or
substituted as a target behavior on the point card. POINT
CARD: Teachers will be responsible for point cards.
may use daily or weekly point cards.
Point weeks run from Thursday
until the following Wednesday.
Teachers will meet with the
counseling staff and administrator briefly each Wednesday afternoon
to discuss problems and or student levels.
Teachers are to have
point totals for the previous point week available by Friday
morning for school store. SCHOOL BEHAVIORAL LEVEL SYSTEM:
The behavioral system is to teach students about the
relationship between work expectations and job performance in the
The teacher is the employer The student’s
assignment is the job/task to be completed The point card evaluates
the student’s disposition and performance, which ultimately
effects job status (level) and pay (points).
The level system is
designed to reflect promotion/demotion and corresponding earning
rates within the program.
It is our intention to teach a work ethic
that will hopefully increase our student’s successes when
placed at a job in their future.
ENTRY LEVEL POSITION OR
BRONZE(less than 75% of points earned)* May spend points at
the school store.
May go on educational based trips only with the
May participate in special incentive
May participate in classroom earned rewards
designated by the teacher.
GAINFULLY EMPLOYED OR SILVER(76%
to 95% of points earned)* May spend earned points at the
school store May go on all educational based trips and may be
included on some special trips arranged for the managerial level
May participate in special incentive teacher activities.
May participate in classroom earned rewards designated by the
MANAGERIAL POSITION OR GOLD(96% and above)*
May spend earned points at the school store.
May go on all
educational based trips and will be included on all special trips.
May participate in special incentive teacher activities.
participate in classroom earned rewards designated by the teacher.
The Managerial Level student must at all times: Meet the
level token requirement for consideration at least three (3) weeks.
Demonstrate respectful and courteous behavior in a variety of
circumstances, even when upset or troubled.
Demonstrate the use of
skills learned to manage interpersonal conflicts & crises.
Utilizes the staff to assist in the management of issues without
becoming a disruption to the teaching process or to others.
Demonstrate a work ethic that is consistent with their ability.
Demonstrates the ability to self-monitor without a point card.
(Students at this level earn 6 points per period and can earn and
additional bonus point each period.) IMPORTANT NOTICE!
Any issues regarding an assault on staff or other students
will result in an automatic level drop regardless of the number of
ACTIVITIES: Activities will be scheduled
throughout the school year.
Special activities will be developed
during the year. Suggestions from students will be
There will also be special trips as well.
include movies, bowling and game activities.
Student levels will be
used to determine eligibility for activities and trips.
SCHOOL STORE: The Bergen Center School Store will be
open on Friday mornings.
Store articles are purchased using the
points students have earned.
No money may be spent at the store.
Each class is scheduled during the morning.
You may not leave the
quiet room to come to store.
If you are in the quite room when
store is called, you may not come to store for that Friday.
*Levels are determined by dividing the actual points earned
the by total number of possible points. This is necessary for
shortened weeks. Bergen Center for Child Development addresses
behavioral concerns and at times, it may be necessary to implement
an individualized behavior management plan with your child in an
effort to decrease inappropriate behavior. An individualized
behavior management plan will not be considered until positive
alternatives are exhausted. When a behavior management plan
is necessary, a functional analysis will be conducted and baseline
data collected. The Teacher, Social Worker, Psychologist, and
Director/Principal will discuss and decide on a strategy.
Parents will receive a Behavior Management Plan Permission
Slip. Parental permission is required before any individual
behavior management plan will be implemented. Parents will be
kept advised of the effectiveness of the strategy. The Bergen
Center for Child Development does not employ aversive
procedures. Each Behavior Management Procedure is reviewed
and updated on a yearly basis. Crisis Intervention If
during a student’s tenure at the Bergen Center for Child
Development, he/she is a danger to himself/herself or others, and
alternative techniques have not been successful in de-escalating
the student’s behavior, physical control may be
required. Behaviors include, but are not limited to, any
aggressive behavior, self-injurious behavior, and property
destruction. Physical restraint will be used as a last
resort, and the decision to utilize such a technique will be
authorized by a Non Abusive and Physical Psychological Intervention
trained staff member. Physical control may only be initiated
and performed by staff that has been certified in Crisis Prevention
Intervention. Only Crisis prevention Intervention techniques
will be utilized. All staff are routinely trained in
CPI. When physical control is required, a certified staff
member will observe the procedure. The parent(s)/guardian(s)
will be notified within one hour of the conclusion of the physical
Following the use of a physical control
procedure, the student will be seen by the nurse. The physical
control incident will be documented on the Bergen Center for Child
Development Incident Form and forwarded to the Director of Bergen
Center for Child Development. If the student’s behavior
necessitates transport to a Bergen Regional Medical Center,
parent/guardian is required to meet staff and student in the
BUS BEHAVIOR: All students being
transported to Bergen Center for Child Development must be
considerate of the safety and well-being of fellow
passengers. Misconduct on a bus can distract the
driver’s attention from his/her primary responsibility of
transporting all students safely to/from school. For the
safety of all students, please encourage your child to obey the
following bus rules: Listen and respond to the driver or aide
at all times.
Enter and leave the bus in turn, no pushing or
Be seated at all times and wear your seat belt.
Talk in a
reasonable voice, no calling out to people passing, no profane or
abusive language or gestures.
Hands to yourself. No borrowing
or sharing on the bus.
Keep the bus clean. No eating or
drinking on the bus. Students who break bus rules will be
reported and documented by bus personnel to the school
office. The student’s parent/guardian will be notified
of the student’s infraction and the action taken by the
district/school or bus company. LUNCH TIME
BEHAVIORS: Students will learn appropriate social behaviors in
the lunchroom and will follow the rules listed below: Students
will keep their voices at a reasonable level. They will
listen to the teacher/paraprofessionals on duty. Polite
conversation is encouraged.
Students will remain seated unless
instructed to do otherwise.
Students will clean up eating areas,
including the floor.Students will use appropriate table manners at
All food must be eaten at an assigned table.
must ask staff for permission to get up from the table.
are not to visit other lunch tables without a teacher’s
permission.Students may use bathrooms in the gymnasium.
must be given permission to leave the lunchroom by staff.
not to be worn at any time during lunch. GENERAL RULES
OF THE SCHOOL: Students will come to school prepared and ready
to participate in school and class activities. Students will
demonstrate socially acceptable behaviors. (No fighting,
pushing, inappropriate language or gestures, etc.) Students
will follow all safety procedures on the bus and in
school. Problems arise each year when students bring hazardous
articles or weapons to school, causing safety concerns for students
and staff members. Items such as toy guns, water pistols,
knives, bean shooters, sling shots, etc., will be
confiscated. They will be returned to the parent/guardian at
the parent/guardian upon request. They will not be sent home
with the student on the bus. The Police Department will be
notified for certain weapons. Electronic devices such as
pocket video games, and cellular telephones may be brought on the
Bergen Center for Child Development is not responsible
for any of these items. Candy/gum chewing is not permitted in
school. No soda or bottle drinks are to be brought to
school. Stealing will result in an immediate referral to the
Administration. Appropriate disciplinary action will
follow. School attire should be neat, clean, appropriate, and
in good taste. A good self-image is fostered through
appropriate dress. Safety, health, and good taste should be
considered when selecting school attire.
Sneakers must be worn for
all gym related activities. Unacceptable
Attire: Clothing, pins, stickers, banners with inappropriate
or suggestive language.
Tank tops, half shirts, see-through
blouses, or any type of shirt/blouse where the midriff is
showing.Shorts that are shorter than mid-thigh, cut offs or
Shirts or hats advocating alcohol or party expressions,
inappropriate language or suggestive language. Hats should
not be worn in the school building.
Excessively short skirts or
Unlaced or untied sneakers.
Pants pulled down around the
Flip flop footwear. Students who come to school dressed
inappropriately will be referred to the office and their
parent/guardian will be called. GENERAL
DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINES: Students who violate the school bus
rules, general rules of the school or classroom rules will be
subject to a standard discipline plan, as follows: Students
will be warned by the teacher about inappropriate behavior.
situation continues, the teacher will notify the office of the
student’s behavior and the student will meet with the
A phone call will be made to the parent/guardian if
the student’s behavior continues and he/she refuses to adhere
to the school rules.
Conference with the student to review the
behavior(s) the student is exhibiting.
Possible referral to School
Psychologist or School Social Worker for consultation.
In-school suspension with parent/guardian contact.
Possible Out of
school suspension, which may require a meeting with
parent/guardian/CST before reinstatement. All students who
receive in-school suspension will be supervised and required to
complete all class assignments for the
day. SUSPENSION AND/OR TERMINATION: Conduct that
will constitute cause for suspension or termination shall include
but not be limited to any of the following: Continued and
Open defiance of the authority of any
teacher, paraprofessional, or specialist.
Conduct which constitutes
continuing danger to the physical well being of other students or
Physical assault upon another student or staff
Taking or attempting to take personal property including
but not limited to money from another student or school employee.
Willfully causing or attempting to cause damage to school property.
Known possession, consumption, or distribution of controlled
substances or alcohol.
Prior to a proposed suspension, the
student will be entitled to a hearing with his/her teacher,
Administration, School Social Worker, and Psychologist, at which
time the student will have the opportunity to explain the
circumstances for the misbehavior. The Bergen Center for Child
development has the right to terminate services for students whose
behaviors are endangering the well-being of other students or
personnel. Prior to proposed termination, the student and
his/her, parent/guardian will have the right to a meeting with the
administration, the child study team, and the student’s
If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the school
district will be notified of the Bergen Center for Child
Development’s intention to terminate services and a fifteen
(15) day notification will be to the parent/guardian and school
district. SCHOOL VISITS: We encourage parents/guardians
to observe their students periodically during the year. In an
effort to minimize the distraction to the children, we ask that you
schedule an appointment with the secretary in order to limit the
number of people in each classroom. We ask that you keep your
observation to a maximum of thirty minutes. You must ring the
bell to gain access to the school during school hours. Please
sign in with the receptionist at the main office upon your
arrival. HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION: We encourage open and
frequent communication, a daily contract is provided for notes
between parents and the teacher. Parents may also call their
child’s teacher before 8:00 a.m.
and after 2:30 p.m.
Please call during the school day only if there is an
emergency. The Administration, School Psychologist, and
School Social Worker are available for telephone calls during the
day. Meetings can be scheduled as needed with the teacher
and/or specialists in addition to your child’s annual
review. The staff would like to encourage parents to let us
know when they have a concern. Feedback from parents is
valued. Students are not able to receive phone calls
during the day. If it is an emergency, please speak to the
Director, Social Worker or Psychologist. ATTENDANCE
PROCEDURES: Any student absent from school will be required to
bring a note explaining his/her absence from his/her parent or
guardian. Any student absent from school for more than three
(3) days will be required to bring in a doctor’s note stating
that he/she can return to school. Attendance is kept on a
daily basis by each classroom teacher. It is your
responsibility to notify your child’s bus company when he/she
is absent or if you will be picking up your child early from
school. Please call the school before 8:00 a.m.
child will be absent from school. If your child has a
contagious illness, please notify the school so that we will be
able to notify parents to be aware of symptoms in their
child. Child Study Teams are notified when the student
is absent for five (5) consecutive days and are provided with
regular attendance reports. To report your child’s
absence, please call (201) 385-4857. CALENDAR: The school
year begins in early September and runs through the end of
June. There is also an extended school year program for the
month of July. A school calendar is provided or you can view
the calendar at our web site
http://www.bergencenter.com/. SCHOOL HOURS: School begins
at 8:00 a.m.
and ends at 2:30 p.m. Each child has his/her
individual schedule that he/she follows.
Students will be accepted
into the building at 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal will begin promptly at
Lunch break is 11:45 a.m.
Each class has 30 minutes
for lunch. Early dismissal is at 12:30 p.m.
EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR: The Bergen Center runs an extended
school year for 30 days each July and August. School begins
at 8:00 a.m.
and ends at 2:30 p.m. Most students have been
approved to attend in the summer. If you are not sure, or
your child is not approved for the summer, contact your district
case manager to obtain permission.
CLOSINGS: If school is cancelled in the event of inclement
weather or an emergency, parents/guardians will be notified as soon
as possible. Parents/guardians will also be notified if there
is a delayed opening. In the event of an early closing,
parents are required to make arrangements for someone to be home to
meet the child. The Bergen Center calls the transporters to
notify them of closings, delays and early dismissals, however
parents are also asked to call their child’s bus driver to
report the changed in pick up or return time. Parents must
provide the school with current emergency phone numbers.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS/INCLEMENT WEATHER: In the event that
school is closed due to inclement weather, please listen to WOR
RADIO 710 AM, (web site www.wor710.com) as they will announce the
closing or delayed opening of school for the day. The
following television stations will also announce the closing or
delayed opening of school for the day: FOX (5) (web site
www.fox5ny.com), NBC (4) (web site www.nbc4.com/closings), and News
12 New Jersey (web site www.news12.com). Decisions are
made based on conditions in Haworth, New Jersey. Our students
come from all over northern New Jersey. Weather conditions
can vary a great deal from one county to the next. You have
the right and the responsibility to make your own decisions about
your local weather conditions and the safety of your child.
If the school is open and your local conditions are poor error on
the side of safety and keep your child home for the
day. HOMEWORK: Homework is a link between the home and
school. It allows you to see what your child is working on
and also provides reinforcement for newly acquired skills. It
is important to make sure that your child completes his/her
homework and that it is turned in on time. Some classes may
not give homework on a regular basis. Homework will not be
given on Friday unless your child has not completed an
assignment. Students who did not complete their homework will
be given an opportunity to do so in school. PLAYGROUND
RESPONSIBILITIES: Students can enjoy the use of the playground
only if certain safety rules are followed by all students.
Students who violate the safety rules or act aggressively toward
others will not be allowed to participate in the playground
activities. Students will listen and respond to staff.
Students will use all equipment properly and safely.
cooperate and use good manners.
Students will stay within the
boundaries of the playground.BERGEN CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
POLICIES: Label all items sent to school which belong to your
child, especially clothing, lunchboxes, etc. The staff will
not be responsible for unlabeled items. Please be sure your
child is dressed appropriately with regard to the weather, as
he/she will go outside to play. If someone other than the
parent or legal guardian is picking up a student, the school must
have written notification. Proper identification will be
required for persons picking up the student. You must supply
the school with contact numbers in case of emergency.
Emergency contacts must be authorized to pick up your child or meet
your child’s bus, and should know how to contact
you. POLICIES PERTAINING TO STUDENTS: At no time does the
public have access to records unless a Release of Information is
signed by parent/guardian or adult student. No student may
appear in a Press Release or any other publicity without a Release
signed by parent/guardian or adult student. Upon completion
of educational services, all pupil records are returned to the
sending district. No student is released to anyone without
parent/guardian written or verbal approval. Students are
supervised at all times, and if a child leaves school grounds
without permission, the local Police Department is immediately
called. Parent/guardian is contacted immediately to come to
the school. Members of the Crisis Team follow the student to
ensure his/her safety. HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING
(HIB) POLICY The Bergen Center prohibits acts of harassment,
intimidation or bullying of a pupil. A safe and civil
environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve
high academic standards. Our school’s Anti-Bullying
Coordinator is Ms.
Susan Morton 201-385-4857. Please report
any complaints as soon as possible to Ms.
Morton. To view the
entire policy, please go to our web site
USE POLICY: The Bergen Center supports access by pupils to
information sources but reserves the right to limit in school use
to materials appropriate to educational purposes. All
students are obligated to comply with the school’s guidelines
for internet use. While the Bergen Center uses a filtering
system to block objectionable web sites, this can at times
fail. Therefore, students shall not: Use the computer
network(s)/computers for illegal, inappropriate or obscene
purposes, or in support of such activities. Use the computer
network(s)/computers to violate copyrights, institutional or third
party copyrights, license agreements or other contracts. Any
violation of this policy will result in disciplinary
action. ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Electronic devices
including but not limited to MP # Players, cell phones, camera
phones, videotaping equipment, digital cameras, IPODS, beepers,
cannot be used on the school grounds between the
hours of 8:00 am and 2:15 pm. Students who bring them to
school must keep them in their backpack. These items can be
used for educational or recreational purposes with approval from
the teacher. BERGEN CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT HEALTH
POLICIES: In our attempt to maintain our philosophy of
parent/guardian and school working together to provide for the
optimal health and welfare of the entire school population, we
urgently request that you take time at home each morning to assess
child’s health before he/she leaves for school. Reasons
for Keeping Your Child at Home: Illness during the night.
Fever of 100 degrees or more (keep child at home 24 hours after
temperature returns to normal without the use of fever reducing
medications.) Complaints/symptoms of nausea, headache or
abdominal distress, vomiting, and diarrhea. Keep child at
home 24 hours after vomiting or diarrhea has stopped. Symptoms
of communicable disease are noted: e.g., sore throat,
“red” eyes, swollen glands, rash, cough,
etc. Sprains, fractures, etc.
that require home recovery as
advised by physician. Please Notify School: If
hospitalization of child becomes necessary. Student needs
medical clearance to return to school. If a communicable
disease is present. Student needs medical clearance to return
to school. Please Send a Note: When your child returns
after every absence, stating the reason for his/her absence. A
medical note is required when your child returns to school after
having an injury or communicable disease. When your telephone
number has changed/emergency contact, number has changed. When
you change your place of employment, (this information is essential
if emergency contact becomes necessary.) If your child is to
take a prescribed medication at school, we are only able to
administer medication when accompanied by a doctor’s note and
the medication is sent in the original prescription bottle.POLICY
FOR ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL: A “Parental
Request/Physician’s Statement” form will be completed
and signed before medication administration is initiated.
This includes over the counter medications. This form will be
updated on a yearly basis. All medications will be
administered from the original properly labeled container
identifying recipient, medication, dosage, time to be given, and
doctor’s name. Any changes in medication or dosage will
require a new request form signed by parent or physician. Any
medications that are discontinued during school hours will require
parent and physician documentation. No medications will be
administered unless the policy is followed. Contact the nurse
if you need a permission slip for administration of medication at
school. Medication must be given directly to the bus driver
who must give it to school staff. No medication should be
sent in a student’s lunchbox or backpack. In the event
that your bus company is not willing to handle the medication, it
is the parent/guardian responsibility to personally deliver the
medication. PHYSICALS: It is required that all students
receive a physical exam upon admission to Bergen Center for Child
Development. It is also recommended that students receive an
annual physical by their primary care provider. If you have
difficulty obtaining a physical, contact your Child Study Team or
the School Nurse. IMMUNIZATION: Bergen Center for Child
Development strictly adheres to Chapter 14, of the New Jersey State
Sanitary Code, Immunization of Pupils in Schools.
Student’s record of inoculations is filed within the
school. In the event that a student’s inoculations are
out of date, or when a booster inoculation is required, the
parents/guardians and case manager of the sending district Child
Study Team will be sent written notification. Proof that the
student has received the inoculation or that the immunization is
being processed by a physician or health official, will
substantiate a student’s placement on a provisional basis for
one month. Following that period, proof of inoculation must
be presented to the administration, or the student will be excluded
from school. ANCILLARY
SERVICES: Medical: Under the direction of the school
nurse, annual hearing, vision, blood pressure, and scoliosis
screenings are done at no charge. Results or recommendations
are given in writing to the parent/guardian. Upon written
prescription and instructions by a physician, medications are
administered during the school day. Emergency medical
treatment is provided by the closest hospital. Speech/Language
Therapy: Speech/Language Therapy is provided for students
throughout the school year by certified Speech-Language
Specialists. Augmented communication, speech, and
articulation training is provided as per screening and the
IEP. Reading Specialist: Students are assessed for
Language Arts strengths and weaknesses upon entrance to Bergen
Individualized and/or small group reading support is
provided for students throughout the school year by a certified
Skills addressed include Foundational Skills,
Using Conventions of Standard English in reading, Vocabulary
Acquisition and Use and Comprehension Skills.
and functional reading skills are emphasized.
classroom support is provided to the teachers as
appropriate. Counseling: Counseling is provided by a
certified School Psychologist and School Social Worker.
Individual and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention,
are provided based upon the individual needs of the students.
Family counseling and behavioral intervention techniques are
available to parents/guardians upon request. Social
Work: Social Work services are provided by a certified School
Social Worker. Students and their families are provided with
information about various community agencies and services that may
Regular counseling and crisis intervention
services are provided as needed. Occupational
Therapy: Occupational Therapy is provided upon IEP
requirements by a certified Occupational Therapist.
Individualized or small group treatment plans are implemented and
quarterly reports denote progress. Special adaptive
appliances are provided based upon the needs of the
student. Physical Therapy: Physical Therapy is provided
by a licensed Physical Therapist per I.E.P.
Individual or small group rehabilitation sessions, as well as
special equipment adaptations, are based on the individual needs of
the student. Quarterly reports are provided to denote
progress. The Sending District is responsible for payment for
this service. Music: Music instruction is
provided to all students. The program reflects the New Jersey
Standards and is designed to foster the potential for musical
expression in each student. Art: Art instruction is
provided for all students of the school by a certified
teacher. Various media are presented in the program to
enhance perceptual development and self-esteem. Displays of
student artwork are located throughout the facility. Career
Education: Career Education services or Community Based
Instruction are provided by staff and related outside
agencies. Students volunteer, visit job sites, and
participate in gainful employment. At Bergen Center for Child
Development, career exploration assignments are provided by local
businesses. FIELD TRIPS: Field trips to places of
interest for educational or recreational purposes are supervised by
teachers and other Bergen Center staff. Appropriate behavior
and dress are required of all students and all school rules
apply. Any student going on a school-sponsored field trip
must have permission of a parent before leaving on the trip.
Permission forms will be provided by the teacher in charge several
days before the trip. Students must remain with their group
at all times. All students not participating in the field
trip are expected to attend school as usual. PROGRESS
REPORTS/REPORT CARDS: Printed progress reports and report
cards will be sent home four times per school year and once at the
end of the extended school year. These reports will also be
sent to your child’s district case manager. STAFF AND
QUALIFICATIONS: The administration and all other staff members
hold appropriate certifications in their fields, licensed by the
State of New Jersey. The school is an affirmative
action/equal opportunity employer. It hires staff without
regard to sex, race, age, national origin or handicapping
condition. RECORDS: The laws of New Jersey require that
student records be kept in the school office. They contain
the I.E.P.’s, progress reports, test results, signed consent
forms, copies of any letters sent or received, and reports of any
You are allowed to read and review any and all of your
child’s educational records, which are kept in a locked
cabinet in the school office. You must make an appointment to
see the records. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: In New Jersey, the law
requires that all children between the ages of 3 - 21 regardless of
degree of handicap must have a free, appropriate education.
Children cannot be kept from attending school because of their
handicaps. The State Department of Education and the local
districts must have procedures to identify and evaluate all
children from birth to age 21. Each child must receive a
comprehensive evaluation that fairly assesses his/her ability by a
team made up of a school psychologist, social worker, teachers,
doctors, other specialists as needed, administrators and
parents. A number of tests, procedures and observations are
used in the evaluation. The Individualized Education Plan
(IEP) details how a student will get the “free appropriate
education.” It is written by the Child Study Team, the
parents, and educator and must contain a program that is specific
to the child’s educational needs. It should include an
assessment of his/her present level of educational performance,
learning goals and instructional objectives, specific educational
services (how long they will be received, how often, etc.), and how
the IEP will be evaluated. You may request a review or
revision at any time, but it must be done at least once a
year. The Bergen Center for Child Development140 Park
Street Haworth, New Jersey 07641Voice: (201) 385 – 4857Fax:
(201) 385 - 4997http://www.bergencenter.com