O/T, P/T Services For Upcoming School Year To Be Distributed By Lottery

lotterySlots for children to receive O/T and P/T (Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy) for this coming school year, will be distributed via a lottery, a Board Of Education member confirmed to TLS. In the past years, the slots were distributed by a first-come-first-serve basis, but that system caused some issues and drew many complaints.

The BOE member says that in the years parents would complain that they were unable to get through to the BOE and were therefore not rewarded a slot.

The children receiving O/T and P/T are serviced at the Princeton Avenue School. TLS-CCP.

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  1. Is there a state education law that says if the IEP says a service is needed the child must be provided with that service. Are all children in Lakewood who have an IEP subject to a drawing of chance.

  2. the boe is obligated to provide services to all that require it. no excuses. this new system will only reinforce nepotism. not returning calls was the old way of avoiding servicing too many kids, this will only decrease the percentage of children being helped, after all, the drawings wont be made in public and of course their are no checks and balances at the boe. (moderated).

  3. The BOE is only required by law to provide services to the Public school student. If you are in private school you gave up your rights to have the services mandated by legal requirements. If there is money fine, if not too bad.

  4. If I’m not mistaken the lottery was supposed to have already been held and the ‘winners’ notified by mail. Anyone here been notified?

  5. there is a BOE meeting tomorrow night. If you want to voice your opinion show up. Yes, the lottery is in private, ask it to be made public so it’s done fairly.

  6. why is most of the money being “diverted” from OT/PT to other programs.
    Rabbi Meir Hertz correctly pointed out that Two Thirds of the OT/PT funds were transferred elsewhere under the guise of “centralization. 300 eligible, previously-participating children were suddenly denied access to these services. This was done without the approval of the parents, nor of the schools.

    That decision to drastically cut the OT/PT funding needs to be reversed. That’s the heart of the matter; not the lottery.

  7. Are these children public or private school children? The BOE is required to see the public school is serviced. Rember they work for the public school or should I say they are supposed too.

  8. Very good # 13- they are supposed to work for the public.
    If services are needed for students (either public or private) how does one expect the services to be performed if the budget is cut! Services cost money!!
    It would be nice to live in philinthropic world where everyone could do what is required for the students are no charge, but the people providing the services need to pay thier bills too!
    –as do the staff of the LBOE!

  9. Let’s see if my kid does not get therapy. I’ll sue them. Very surprising considering Inzelbuch fights these cases all the time in other districts in the state.

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