New Jersey Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts

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Celebrating the Season and the Return of Time-Honored Traditions

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Celebrating National Special Education Day Every Day

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Carefully designed playgrounds offer fun for all students while reinforcing lessons at County Special Services Schools

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NJ Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts Welcomes New Government Relations Consultant

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NJ Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts Wins School Communications Award for The Second Year in A Row

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Celebrating Successes and Meeting Milestones After a Challenging Year

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Joint Council Pays Tribute to “Super” Government Relations Consultant, Judy Savage

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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.

Learn more about the Joint Council and its eight member districts.

Districts in the News

Roseanne Rowe, a school nurse at the Burlington County Special Services School District

Nurse at BurlCo Special Services School District Named "School Nurse of the Year"

A school nurse at the Burlington County Special Services School District (BCSSSD) has been named the 2022 School Nurse of the Year by the New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA). Rosanne Rowe was recently given the honor, which is fitting, as her colleagues say that she goes well beyond the duties of a school nurse.

Learn more in this piece from Tap Into Mount Laurel.

Michael Joins the Council

Michael Vrancik joins the Joint Council as the government relations consultant

The New Jersey Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts is excited to welcome the new government relations consultant for the group. Vrancik also currently serves as the legislative advocate for the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO). Michael Vrancik replaces Judy Savage, who retired after 15 years with the Joint Council.

Learn more in this piece from InsiderNJ.

Mercer County Special Services School District arranged for vaccines to be administered in school

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.

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Rachel Krementz, a teacher with Cape May Special Services School district, wears a mask and gloves as she assists one of her students as he learned on an iPad

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.

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Featured District Video

Learn more about how county special services school districts have specialized programs to educate students who are deaf and hard of hearing. This video highlights Bergen County’s Union Street School for the Deaf, which takes a total communication approach to teaching and learning.

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.

Patti B.

Burlington County

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.

Nancy H.

Cape May County