New Jersey Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts
We are dedicated partners in educating and empowering students with special needs and significant disabilities.
About The New Jersey Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts
The New Jersey Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts promotes the unique role of county special services school districts as providers of highly specialized placements for students with severe and multiple disabilities and cost-effective shared services for local districts. The special services districts work in partnership with local districts to help each student reach his or her full potential.
Districts in the News
Mercer County Brings Vaccines to Special Services School District Students
Recognizing that many students struggle in public health settings, the Mercer County Special Services School District arranged for vaccines to be administered in school. The familiar setting along with friendly faces made the process easier for children ages 12 and older who received their first dose of the vaccine.
BurlCo Special Services Schools Reopened & Reinvented During Pandemic
Burlington County Special Services School District approached the challenges presented by the pandemic as opportunities for innovation. District leadership encouraged out-of-the-box thinking, and as a team, district staff worked to create a pathway for learning that did not exist a year ago. BCSSSD schools have continued to put the needs of students first and have reopened with reinvented approaches to help students, staff, and families feel supported so they can thrive.
Cape May County Teacher of the Year Pushes for Autism Acceptance, Not Just Awareness
Cape May County Special Services School District educator and Cape May County Teacher of the Year, Rachel Krementz, explains why autism awareness needs to transition into autism acceptance. Citing staggering statistics when it comes to the unemployment levels of college graduates with autism, Krementz explains how employers accepting their unique gifts and talents should be a part of a more inclusive work environment.
FEA Announces 26 Schools to Take Part in Healing-Centered Engagement to Address ACEs and Trauma
Burlington County Special Services School District was selected by the Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA) to be part of its Healing-Centered Engagement Initiative. These grant-funded programs will include training and coaching to help teachers, administrators, staff, families, and community groups introduce a Healing-Centered Engagement model to counteract the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma, which can inhibit a child’s ability to learn, develop language skills, create healthy attachments, and form relationships.
Featured District Video
Learn more about how county special services school districts help prepare students for transitioning out of school through this video on Bergen County’s Career Crossroads program.
I am continually impressed by the caring, thoughtful staff at BCSSSD. This was my daughter’s first year and they went “above and beyond” to help her make the transition. I appreciated the feedback I received from her teachers…I felt I was part of the team in decisions about her program.
As I watched from my car, my three-year-old son walked off his first school bus…no speech, required a special diet…multi-disabled. I was terrified for him. But, I saw at least three staff members welcome him…and escort him where he needed to go. That was 13 years ago. Today he still gets that same warm welcome. We are so pleased with the young man my son is growing to be and the school has been very instrumental in this.