Student Support Services

The Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) is dedicated to providing a high quality comprehensive academic and advanced technologies curriculum for all students.  Students who have been identified in need of specialized instruction are provided services in the least restrictive environment. The District complies with all State and Federal guidelines when making decisions concerning each student’s educational programming.  Individual student needs are addressed at least annually at a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting where all considerations are reviewed by a team. 

Special education and general education staff work together to provide students with a learning environment that meets the learner’s individual needs for specialized instruction, accommodations and modifications where appropriate to meet district outcome expectations.  District staff works closely with families and outside agencies as necessary and welcomes their interest in their student’s progress.

Once a student receives a First Step letter, 504 and special education records must be received by the technical high school within 10 days.  A 504 or IEP team will be convened for a child with special needs to determine what services are appropriate for the child in the CTECS environment.  The CTECS programming found at the following link CTECS Programming Considerations and student learning needs will be considered.  In some instances, a team may determine that a Connecticut Technical High School is not an appropriate placement for a student. 


Transition Bill of Rights for Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services

CTECS Programming Considerations (English)  (Spanish)


Procedural Safeguards Notice Under IDEA Part B for Special Education
Procedural Safeguards in Special Education (2011)

Parental Notification of the Laws Relating to the use of Seclusion and Restraint in the Public Schools

Notificación para los Representantes Acerca de las Leyes Relacionadas con el Uso de la Reclusión y Restricción en las Escuelas Públicas

Building a Bridge - A handbook for students and family members to help with preparation for life after high school.

Construyamos un Puente - Un manual para estudiantes y familiares para preparar a los estudiantes a enfrentarse a la vida después de graduarse de 4to año.

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut - A document developed to provide information for parents, guardians and other family members about the laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services.

Aguia de Educacion Especial en Connecticut para Padres - A document developed to provide information for parents, guardians and other family members about the laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services.

The IEP Guide - A page by page explanation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) document and the PPT process.

State Department of Education (SDE) Special Education Website - This link will direct you to the State Department of Education website which has multiple resources

Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment Policies for the CTECS

Toolbox of Strategies for Learning

CT CORE Transition Skills May 2013


Any specific questions may be directed to the consultant assigned to each school:

Christine Spak,, 860-807-2212

Emmett O’Brien Technical High School- Ansonia

Henry Abbott Technical High School- Danbury

W.F. Kaynor Technical High School- Waterbury

Wright Technical High School- Stamford

Bullard Havens Technical High School- Bridgeport

Platt Technical High School- Milford

Eli Whitney Technical High School- Hamden

Oliver Wolcott Technical High School- Torrington

Bristol Technical Education Center- Bristol

Emily Benedetto,, 860-807-2099

Howell Cheney Technical High School- Manchester

H.C. Wilcox Technical High School- Meriden

A.I. Prince Technical High School- Hartford

E.C. Goodwin Technical High School- New Britain

Ella Grasso Southeastern Technical High School- Groton

Tonya LaPlante,, 860-807-2220

Norwich Technical High School- Norwich

Windham Technical High School- Willimantic

H.H. Ellis Technical High School- Danielson

Vinal Technical High School- Middletown