Save the Date!

Special Education Workshop

Executive Functioning

for parents of students in grades 6-12

Thursday, October 17 @7:00pm

Westlake MS/HS Library


Special Education Workshop

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

for CPSE parents

Tuesday, October 22 @6:30pm

Hawthorne Multi-Purpose Room



Welcome to the Office of Pupil Personnel and Student Services. We are here to support your children as they take their journey through the Mount Pleasant Schools. Pupil Personnel encompasses Nursing, Guidance and
Special Education Services.

  • We have nurses in each building available to support the medical needs of all students. You will hear from our nurses regarding immunization, health alerts, physicals and necessary forms and paperwork for participation in sports. We have an excellent and caring nursing staff that is available to discuss medical concerns and help your child have a safe and healthy day.
  • Our guidance staff spends most of their time in direct service and contact with our students. Whether it is supporting the students with coping skills, conflict resolution or college planning; all guidance counselors work to foster the educational, career and social/emotional development of students throughout their academic careers. Their goal is to support students in reaching their full academic potential and enjoy a positive school experience. They work with students, parents, and fellow staff members to help students receive the support needed to be successful.
  • Special education assures that each student will have the necessary programs, supports, and services to access a free and appropriate public education. Children who have been identified as having disabilities, from age 3 to 21 are entitled by law to special education and related services that will meet their needs at no cost to their parents.

- The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) coordinates the entire preschool evaluation process for children 3-5 years of age who live in the Mount Pleasant Central School District. The CPSE is a multidisciplinary team of individuals who meet to determine if a child is eligible for preschool special education services according to New York State regulations.

- The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is responsible for children 5-21 years of age with disabilities. The CSE, like the CPSE, is a multidisciplinary team of individuals who meet to determine if a student is eligible for special education services according to New York State regulations. The Committee oversees initial evaluations, placements, annual reviews, and reevaluations for all Mount Pleasant students. Like the CPSE, if a child is eligible, the CSE develops an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and implements its recommendations. Parents have the legal right (see Due Process) to agree or disagree with any recommendation, goals, or objectives recommended for their child. This Committee meets for the initial referral and at least annually for every child who receives special education services.

- The CPSE/CSE team recommends services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) appropriate to your child’s needs. This means that the committee must consider how special education services can be provided to your child that will allow him or her to be educated with children who do not have disabilities, to the maximum extent appropriate.

- The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is also involved with students requiring Section 504 Accommodation plans. In accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, students who have “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities” may require a 504 plan. The plan defines modifications and accommodations that will be needed in the school setting for students to have an opportunity to perform at the same level as their peers. Although this is a building level service, the Office of Special Service is involved with the coordination and implementation of Section 504 Accommodation plans.

If you believe your child may require special education services, it is important to ask the right questions from the start. There may be supports available within the general education setting at the school your child attends. For some students, building level supports can effectively meet their needs. You may want to contact your child’s teacher, the building school psychologist, guidance counselor or building Principal if you have concerns. Of course you can always feel free to contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services and we are happy to answer any questions you have.