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District Offices
108 Education Dr.
Schenectady, NY 12303

Phone:  881-3412

Interim Director Pupil Personnel Services
Rita Levay, Ed.D
Phone:  881-3412

Cathy O'Brien
Phone:  881-3412

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October 2015

September 2015



Special Education Update

 School Based Support Teams
 AUGUST 2015




Annual Review
Tip Sheet for Parents
How to prepare for your child's annual review & what to expect

Behavioral Consultation Services

Resource Guide
Resource Guide
for Parents of Children with Disabilities in the SCSD

Student Retention Procedure Intentional Decision Making

Frequently Asked Question about Section 504 & the Education of Children with Disabilities
Protecting Students with Disabilities

Learner Characteristics

Elementary Learner Characteristics
Middle School
Learner Characteristics
High School Learner Characteristics

Health Resources
Index of Health Resources

Mental Health
Index of Mental Health Resources

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Parent Information Guide 

Autism Spectrum Disorders
What everyone needs to know

Transitioning TeeNs with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder 






  Special Education Program Principles
  • We provide special education services that meet the individual needs of the child, are developmentally appropriate and strength-based.  These services are planned in collaboration with all the child-serving systems involved in the child's life and are provided in a supported learning environment.
  • We recognize that the child's family, the primary support system for the child, participates in all stages of the decision-making and planning process.
  • We recognize and respect the behavior, ideas, attitudes, values, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, ceremonies and practices characteristic of the child's and family's ethnic group.
  • We will bring special education experise to the students in the general education learning environment to the greatest extent possible.
  • All special education instruction will be based on the New  York State learning standards.
  • Student data will be used to inform and improve instruction.
  • Related services provided to special education students will be educationally relevant, evidence-based and will support the student's learning.  These services will be provided to the student in a manner that is lease disruptive to the child's learning.
  • Special education services and supports will be based on peer-reviewed research and will be evaluated regularly to ensure that they continuously improve.

  Our Mission

  Annual Reviews
    Tip Sheet for Parents
       How to prepare for your child's annual review & what to expect
In the spring of each year, the Committee on Special Education meets to discuss each student with an Indiviualized Education Plan (IEP).  The purpose of the meeting is to review the progress that the students has made as a result of this year's plan and to develop a plan for the coming year.

Your participation in this meeting is important for your child.  You will be meeting with your child's special education teacher before the annual review meeting to discuss goals, objectives, services, and any concerns or questions you have.  This will help resolve any questions you have and will help you and the team draft the IEP.  The
Tip Sheet can help you get the most from
your child's meeting.
  Due Process 
    What to do if  you disagree with the Committee on
    Special Education
  Steps for filing a Due Process Complaint
As a parent, you are a vital member of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in New York State.  The CSE/CPSE is responsible for developing recommendations for special education programs and services for your child.  You must be given opportunities to participate in the CSE/CPSE discussion and decision-making process about your child's needs for special education.  The following information concerns procedural safeguards that are your legal rights under federal and state laws to be infomred about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that your child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

Sample Due Process Complaint Notice Form
to Request An Impartial Hearing

      English:   Word  Word Document  or PDF  PDF document 
      Spanish: Word  Word Document  or PDF  PDF document 

  Private School Services

Pursuant to Education Law section 3602-c, the District will arrange for certain special education and related services to students who are residents of this school district and who attend nonpublic schools, provided that you file your request for services with the Board of Education or Committee on Special Education or before the first day of June preceding the school year for which the request is made within 30 days of notice from the District that your child has been initially identified as a child with a disability or within 30 days of establishing residency.    

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