Special Education

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District believes in placing students in programs that are in the least-restrictive environment which is consistent with New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations. This means that a student with disabilities is provided with special education and services to the maximum extent appropriate with other students who do not have disabilities and as close as possible to the student’s home.

Special education services are available to any student with a mental, physical or emotional impairment that affects his or her educational performance. For school-age children, this may include autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, learning disability, multiple disabilities, intellectual disability, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment (including blindness).

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes a prominent and active role for parents and teachers in planning and implementing educational programs for students with disabilities. Parents work hand-in-hand with their child’s teachers and other district staff to formulate their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Referral and Evaluation

Section 4402 of the Education Law has been amended by adding a subdivision, effective July 1, 2015, requiring public schools to notify every parent of their rights regarding referral and evaluation of their child for the purposes of special education services or programs upon their child’s enrollment in public school.

This amendment requires school districts to notify every parent or person in parental relation of their rights regarding the referral and evaluation of their child for the purposes of special education services or programs. This notification shall be provided to the parents of all students in the district (with and without disabilities) upon their child’s entry into public school.

Parent Support Group ACT (Advocating for Children Together)

ACT is a parent support group organized for those interested in the issues of educating special needs children. Group meeting dates can be found on the district calendarFor additional information about upcoming parent support group meetings, or for general questions, please contact  Erin Martens at emartens2489@gmail.com.

Special Education School District Data Profile

The Special Education School District Data Profile is prepared in accordance with the requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each state must have a State Performance Plan (SPP) to evaluate the state’s efforts to meet the requirements and purposes of the implementation of IDEA. The SPP is a six-year plan which describes New York State’s performance on 20 indicators. States must report annually to the public on the performance of the state in an Annual Performance Report (APR) and each school district against the state’s targets. New York State’s SPP and the APR that describe these indicators in detail are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/spp/.