The South Colonie Central School District is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the district's Pupil Services Department, which encompasses the district's Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels. The Pupil Services Office also oversees the district's health (nurses), counseling and mental health (social workers and school psychologists) services for all resident students.
NYS Education Department Conducting South Colonie Special Education Review
Posted on December 14, 2016
The New York State Education Department's Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Programs and Service Focused Review in the South Colonie School District during the 2016-17 school year. The purpose of this review is to assess the District's Compliance with selected federal and state laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities. The review will be conducted by the Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) regional office. The review process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations, and surveys. In addition, meetings of the Committee on Special Education will be observed. Further information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA Albany regional office at 486-6366 and/or by contacting the South Colonie Central School District at 869-3576
The South Colonie Special Education PTA or SEPTA is special PTA unit chartered in 2009 to help parents advocate for children with special needs. Special Education is free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for children who require differentiated programs and/or special services beyond the normal provided by the regular school program. Visit the SEPTA page
Preschool Children with Disabilities
The district's Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for ensuring that parents are aware of the opportunities available for evaluation of children 3-5 years old who are suspected of having a disability, and for services to preschool children with disabilities. The committee consists of representatives from preschool special education agencies, county administrators, parents and district staff. All recommendations for services are made to the Board of Education. If you have concerns about your child's development, or would like more information, call (518) 869-6759, Ext. 11 or e-mail Barbara.Abbatiello.
Committee on Special Education (CSE)
The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is sanctioned and regulated by New York State. It acts as a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate the management, academic, physical and social needs of the referred child and determines if there is an educational disability. The CSE must then decide on an appropriate program or placement for the student and the need for related services (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, counseling, etc.) if necessary.
Family supports through OPWDD
The New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides families with a variety of services like respite, family reimbursement, recreation, counseling, training and support. For more information, click here, or visit the OPWDD web site.
Notice to parents regarding inclement weather and Committee on Special Education meetings
If school is delayed or cancelled, the information will be sent over the district's Emergency Telephone Notification System, in addition to being posted on this web site and distributed to several local media outlets for their web sites and/or broadcasts. If you have a Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting scheduled for a day that school is cancelled or delayed, please be aware of the following information. full story
The Committee on Special Education must develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for all students who are eligible for special education services. In developing the IEP, the committee considers evaluations, student strengths, concerns of the parent and, where appropriate, student performance on state and district assessments. An IEP documents the following: present level of performance; how the student’s disability impacts his/her participation in the general curriculum; classification of the disability; annual goals; recommended programs and services; whether or not the student will participate in state or alternate assessments; a list of any alternative accommodations; a list of any assistive technology devices; and transitional goals at the appropriate time.
Helpful Publications and Web Links for Special Education Parents and Students
Note: The State Education Department has recently revised the special education regulations to come into compliance with the 2004 IDEIA. These regulations do not reflect the most recent State changes in law (Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007).
Special Education Guide: We are your go-to resource for mastering the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education.
Parent Guide to Special Education - A Parent's Guide to Special Education provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services. Spanish translation also available at this site.
Information for Parents of Preschool Students with Disabilities AGES 3-5 - Web site with information for parents of preschool children suspected of having a disability.
Resolving Concerns About Your Child's Special Education Services - Web site with information and steps to resolve concerns regarding your child and his/her special education programs or services.
Are you the parent of a Child with a Disability? - Web site with information relating to access to the general education curriculum and the safety net for students with disabilities who pursue a Regents or local high school diploma.
Special Education Mediation - Real Solutions Where Everybody Wins - Web site describes a cooperative way to help resolve differences of opinion between parents and school districts regarding special education programs and services.
Parts 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education - Web site with information on the responsibilities of school districts and provides definitions as related to services for students with disabilities.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services for High School Students – Web site offering a question and answer resource for parents with information on eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and placement services including job-seeking skills training, employer referrals, work tryouts and on-the-job services.
Learning Disabilities Association of New York State - LDA of New York State is a nationally affiliated non-profit parent/professional organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1958 to promote the education and general welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. LDA of New York State membership includes parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities and professionals from a variety of related fields.
Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities Ages 3-21.
NYS Technical Assistance Parent Centers: There are 13 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers provide parents of children with disabilities information, resources, and strategies on a variety of topics.