John Penman, Committee on Special Education Chairperson
Special Education Services
Wynantskill UFSD is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the district’s Special Education Department, which encompasses the district’s Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and middle levels.
To the greatest extent possible, our school district believes in educating children with disabilities within a normal school environment. Special programs are available to allow students to receive instruction tailored to their specific and unique needs. Toward that end, our district operates an inclusion model of service delivery. This means that students attending school in our building receive services within the regular classroom throughout the school day unless otherwise specified on their IEP. Services may include special education instruction, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other supports according to each child’s needs.
If you suspect that your child may have a physical, cognitive, or emotional disability, you have the right to refer your child to the District’s Committee on Special Education for an evaluation, and a determination as to whether your child is eligible to receive special education services and programs. More information regarding your rights is set forth in the New York State Education Department’s Parent’s Guide to Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21.
To refer your child to the Committee on Special Education, or to obtain more information regarding the District’s special education services and programs, please contact our office.
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.
Here is following information concerns procedural safeguards that are your legal rights under federal and State laws to be informed about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that your child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Here is the entire Procedural Safeguards Notice Document.