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Special Education



Allison D. Hernandez
Director of Special Education
(516) 801-7058
Laurie Pittelli
Senior Clerk
(516) 801-7051
Betsy Lashin
Asst. Director of Special Ed
(516) 801-7057
Regina Kim
Senior Clerk
(516) 801-7061
Nancy Walton
Senior Typist
(516) 801-7055
Emilia Roussine
Senior Typist
(516) 801-7053
Dana DeLuca
Senior Clerk
(516) 801-7052
Gail Meiners
Senior Typist
(516) 801-7054
Fran Casciano
(516) 801-7056
Dr. Joanna Tychanska-O’Mea
(516) 801-7068
(516) 801-7054

CARRIAGE HOUSE - FAX 801-7059 (1st Floor)  801-7069 (2nd Floor)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Services for Students with Disabilities  
The District intends to administer special education and related services remotely through Distance Learning which may involve video teaching and/or telepractice. If your child accesses services through video teaching and/or telepractice, the District shall consider such access as your consent to receive services through that modality.  Any parent who does not agree to receiving services through that modality should contact Allison Hernandez. If you do not consent to the use of video teaching and/or telepractice, your child will be provided instruction in an alternative format, such as
through written instructional materials or telephone consults.

We ask all students and family members to be respectful of the privacy interests of other students. As a result, where possible, students participating in group services should attempt to do so from a location which cannot be observed by others. To the extent that family members observe the delivery of instruction to other students, we ask that you respect the privacy of the other students and not disclose personal information about any student to any third party.

El Distrito tiene la intención de administrar la educación especial y los servicios relacionados de forma remota a través de la educación a distancia, que puede incluir la enseñanza de video y / o telepráctica. Si su hijo accede a los servicios mediante video enseñanza y / o telepráctica, el Distrito considerará dicho acceso como su consentimiento para recibir servicios a través de esa modalidad. Cualquier padre que no acepte recibir servicios a través de esa modalidad debe comunicarse con Allison Hernández. Si no acepta el uso de la enseñanza en video y / o la telepráctica, se le proporcionará a su hijo instrucción en un formato alternativo, tal como a través de materiales de instrucción escritos o consultas telefónicas.

Pedimos a todos los estudiantes y miembros de la familia que respeten los intereses de privacidad de otros estudiantes. Como resultado, cuando sea posible, los estudiantes que participen en servicios grupales deberán intentar hacerlo desde un lugar que otros no puedan observar. En la medida en que los miembros de la familia observen la entrega de instrucción a otros estudiantes, le pedimos que respete la privacidad de los otros estudiantes y que no revelen información personal sobre ningún estudiante a terceros.
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Procedural Safeguards in Spanish
    The Procedural Safeguards Notice describes the rights of a parent of a child with a disability and the procedures that safeguard those rights under state and federal special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly referred to as “IDEA 2004”.
  • A Parent’s Guide
    This document provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services. However, these protections, rights and opportunities will best help students reach their full potential when parents, families and schools work collaboratively. Setting high expectations for students and high standards for programs will provide the greatest opportunities for a successful adult life.
  • Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities
    This link provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.
  • Long Island Parent Center
    The Long Island Parent Center is a resource for parents to support their children in their educational experiences. The mission of the Long Island Parent Center of the Center for Community Inclusion LIU, is to provide parents of children with disabilities, in conjunction with the professionals who service their children, with information and resources necessary to promote meaningful involvement in their children’s education programs.
  • Access VR
    ACCESS-VR is a service available to people with all types of disabilities — developmental, physical or mental impairments — of all ages who want to go to work. ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.





Sunday, September 20, 2020