• The Germantown Central School District acknowledges its responsibility to educate all of our children with disabilities in the least restrictive, appropriate environment and to assist all students to achieve high educational standards under the rules and regulations of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

    Some students with special needs do not receive services under IDEA, but are served under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Germantown Central School acknowledges its responsibilities to provide these students with reasonable accommodations comparable to those provided to their peers under the rulings of Section 504. 

     The Office of Special Education coordinates:

    * Committee on Special Education (CSE)

    * Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

    * Section 504


     

    Notice to parents regarding inclement weather and the Committee on             Special Education Meetings             

    If you are scheduled for a CSE/CPSE/504 meeting during the winter season, please make note of the following in regards to school closings or school delays.

    If Germantown Central School is closed ALL meetings are cancelled and will be rescheduled.

    If Germantown Central School is on a one-hour or two-hour delay and your meeting is scheduled during that delay, said meeting will be cancelled and rescheduled. The remainder of the meetings will continue as scheduled. Also, if Germantown Central School closes early, meetings scheduled after the release time will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.

    You will receive notifications of new meeting within a couple of days. If you have any questions, please contact the Special Education Office.

    Public Notice

     Every child with special needs has a right, by law, (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), to a free and appropriate education. This includes children and adults (ages 3-21) with physical, mental emotional, or learning handicaps. This notice is an attempt to locate these children in order to assist in providing the services to which they are entitled.

    If you know of a child with a disability living in the Germantown Central School District in need of service, please contact:

    Special Education Department

    (518) 537- 6281 ext.309

    Helpful Publications and Web Links for Special Education Parents and Students

     

    DUE PROCESS LINK

     

    NYS Procedural Safeguards Notice:  Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, ages 3-21 to reflect the recent amendment to section 4402 of NYS Education Law by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, relating to parental consent for initial provision of extended school year services.  Chapter 56 repeals the requirement for parental consent prior to the initial provision of special education services and programs during the months of July and August.  The amendment was effective March 31, 2014.

     

     The procedural safeguards notice must be provided to parents of a student with a disability, at a minimum of one time per year and also upon:

    · Initial referral or parental request for evaluation;
    · Request by a parent;
    · The first filing of a due process complaint notice to request mediation or an impartial due process hearing;
    · A decision to impose a suspension or removal that constitutes a disciplinary change in placement; and
    · Receipt of a parent’s first State complaint in a school year.

     

     This notice and updated versions will be available through the State Education Department’s 9SED) web site athttp://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/formsnotices/

     

    A copy of the procedural safeguards notice can also be obtained in the special education office at Germantown Central School.

     

    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/coverpsgn109.htm

    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/spanishpsgn109.htm

     STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Links

    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/
    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/transition/
    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/preschool/home.html

    AUTISM

    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/autism/home.html

    NEW YORK ACTS (An Initiative for Adults and Children on the Spectrum) WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED www.nyacts.org

    (Site is 'one stop shop' for information on Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders)

    CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities)

    http://www.albany.edu/psy/autism/autism.html
    http://www.autismspeaks.org/