Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the Special Needs Department will operate a full day Integrated Preschool Program at the Morris Elementary School for children who are three and four years old by September 1st and are residents of Lenox. The Preschool Program is integrated; that is, it serves both children who have been identified as having special needs as well as “typical” peer role models. Children identified as having special needs are guaranteed service; there are a limited number of openings available for typical peers each year.
Preschool Open House and Screening
The Lenox Student Services Department offers an annual screening for Lenox and Lenox Dale three and four-year-old children who will not be entering kindergarten in September 2015. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may have substantial needs in speech/language, cognitive, emotional/social or physical development. Identified children will be further evaluated and may be eligible to receive special education services prior to entering school. Research studies indicate that early identification and remediation of potential learning problems improves school performance in later years. Parents who would like to have their child considered for the preschool program as a typical (non-special needs) child, MUST have their child participate in this screening.
All parents of three and four year-olds are encouraged to attend an Open House on March 1, 2016 at Morris Elementary School. The meeting will provide an opportunity for parents to meet the screening team and to sign up for a screening time.
The screening will be held on March 29 and 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Morris School. Appointments for screening are required. You may schedule this at the Open House on March 1st or beginning March 2, please call the Student Services Office at 413-637-5571 to make an appointment.
All families listed on the 2015 Lenox Town Census with children in this age range have also been contacted directly by mail. If you have a three or four-year-old and you did not receive a direct mailing or if you have any questions concerning the screening process, feel free to call the Student Services Office at 413-637-5571.
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