• Special Student Services

    All children who are educationally disabled are entitled by law to special education and/or related services that will meet their needs. Special Education assures that each student will have a free and appropriate education.  It provides classified students with teachers specially trained in individualized teaching techniques, the use of special materials and the adaptation of standard materials.

    In East Ramapo, we offer a full continuum of services to our classified students. Special Education programs are provided in various types of settings throughout the district. Placement is the location that has been determined to be the least restrictive environment for a given student.

    Contact Us

    Tamar Walker
    Assistant Superintendent for Special Education

    Dr. Dovid Berkowitz
    Supervisor, Clinical Services

    Jeanine Parnell
    Supervisor, High Schools

    Jessica Alexander
    Director of Special Education, K-8

    Dr. Liz Cohen
    Supervisor, Case Management and Non-Public Schools

    Christine Healy
    Coordinator, Health Services

    Committee on Special Education (CSE)

    Karyn Kornreich
    CSE Chairperson


    Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

    Ilene Balavram
    CPSE Chairperson

    Elyse Fields
    CPSE Chairperson

    Phyllis Levy
    CPSE Chairperson


  • Return to School Plan

    In keeping with these guidelines issued by the State Education Department, along with the Department of Health, ERCSD has identified the following programs to return “in-person” during Phase 1 of our roll-out, with a start date of September 16, 2020:

    • Kindergarten through Grade 8 - 8:1:2, 12:1:2, 12:1:4, 12:1:1 classes
    • Kindergarten through Grade 3 - 15:1 classes
    • High School, Grades 9 through 12 - 12:1:2 Specialized Programs

    *Other populations of Special Education Students will follow the general phases

    For more infomation, click here to visit our Reopening Plan Page.

    Have a question for our Special Student Services Team?
    If you have any questions about whether or not your child falls into the category of those who will begin “in person” on September 16, 2020, please call 845-577-6040 or your child’s school. Additionally, you can submit your questions through this Google Form.  

Special Student Services Return to School Schedule