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Referral and Identification Process

This section is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the referral and identification processes. If you need further information please contact your school administrator.

Who can request a referral?

School personnel may make a referral requesting that the student be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education. A parent can make a referral, in writing, by contacting their school administrator.

What is the referral process in Greenwich Public Schools?

  • A referral to special education is the first step in the process of determining if a child is eligible to receive special education services.
  • You will receive written notice of this referral and you will be asked to participate in a Pupil Planning Team meeting (PPT).
  • If the PPT decides that additional data is needed to determine if the student has a disability, an initial multidisciplinary evaluation will be conducted (parental consent required).
  • After the evaluation(s) are completed another meeting will be held and the results of the evaluation(s) will be discussed.

See Parent Resources page for more...

What if my child hasn’t started school, but I suspect a disability may exist?

If your child is over the age of 3, and you believe that he or she may have a disability, you may refer your child for an evaluation by submitting contacting the Preschool Program Office in your local school district.

What happens when a referral to special education is made?

When your child is referred to special education by someone other than you, you will receive written notice of this referral. You will receive a notice asking you to participate as a member of the school’s planning and placement team (PPT) to review existing evaluation information that the school district has about your child and determine whether there is a need for any additional data or information.


What is an IEP?

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) describes the educational program that has been designed to meet that child's unique needs. Teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when age appropriate) work as a team to design and implement a student's IEP.

What is the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process for Eligible students in Greenwich Public Schools?

  • Once a student has been identified as eligible for special education, a PPT meeting is held to develop an IEP.
  • The PPT evaluates progress and mastery of IEP goals and objectives at an annual review.
  • The PPT can reconvene at any time throughout the school year to review the student's program.

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District Sp. Ed. Evaluation Team

Dr. Alina Agiurgioei Boie
School Psychologist
Central Office Havemeyer
Alina_Agiurgioeiboie@Greenwich.k12.ct.us

Loren Castro
Educational Evaluator
Central Office Havemeyer
Loren_Castro@Greenwich.k12.ct.us

Jim D'Alessandro
School Psychologist
Central Office Havemeyer
jim_d'alessandro@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Krystina Dawson
School Psychologist
Central Office Havemeyer
Krystina_Dawson@Greenwich.k12.ct.us

Kathy Mulaire
Educational Evaluator
Central Office Havemeyer
Kathy_Mulaire@Greenwich.k12.ct.us

Sharon Pires
Psycheducational Evaluator/Behavior Coach
Central Office Havemeyer
Sharon_Pires@Greenwich.k12.ct.us

Diane Rasweiler
Special Educational Coach

Central Office Havemeyer
Diane_Rasweiler@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Lisa Strizver
School Psychologist
Central Office Havemeyer
Lisa_Strizver@Greenwich.k12.ct.us

Bonnie Strunin
Speech-Language Pathologist
Central Office Havemeyer
Bonnie_Strunin@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Julie Webster
Speech Teacher
Central Office Havemeyer
Julie_Webster@greenwich.k12.ct.us