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Referral and Identification Process

This section is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Special Education referral and identification process. 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.
  • As a parent, you can make a referral in writing by contacting your school administrator. If you make a verbal request, it will be confirmed in writing.

What is the referral process in Greenwich Public Schools?

  • A referral to special education is the first step in the process of determining if your child has a disability and is eligible to receive special education services.
  • You will receive written notice of this referral and will be asked to participate in a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting.
  • If the members of the PPT suspect that your child may have a disability, the team will recommend that an initial multidisciplinary evaluation be conducted (parental consent required).
  • After the evaluation is completed, another meeting will be held and the results of the evaluation will be discussed. At the PPT, the team will decide, based on your child’s current performance and evaluations results, if your child meets the criteria for a disability and if they require special education services.

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 between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, and you believe that they may have a disability, you may refer your child for an evaluation by contacting the Preschool Program Office.

What is a PPT?

  • A PPT is a Planning and Placement Team meeting that will generally take place in the student's school during the regular school day.
  • A Planning and Placement Team reviews the student’s referral to Special Education, determines if the student needs to be evaluated, decides which evaluations will be given to the student, and determines whether the student is eligible for special education services.
  • The members of the PPT must include you (the parent), someone to chair the meeting (usually an administrator), a general education teacher, a special education teacher, a related service provider (usually speech, psychology, guidance or social work) and whenever possible, the student.

How often can a PPT be held for my child?

  • The school is required to hold a PPT meeting every year to review the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and develop a new one.
  • At any time during the school year, the parent or school can request an IEP Team meeting to discuss making revisions to a current IEP.
  • Oftentimes, parent questions and concerns can be addressed at parent-teacher meetings and do not require a formal meeting.

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