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Special Education services at Hoosic Valley are provided to students with disabilities who are in need of additional support to enable them to reach their full academic and personal potential in our school setting. These services are provided to students within district programs as well as to some students within BOCES or private school programs. The majority of our services are provided within the context of the regular education setting in our Elementary and Jr. Sr. High Schools so that students receive the full benefit of instruction by regular education teachers. The additional support, instruction and consultation comes from our talented group of special education teacher assistants and aides.

About CSE

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) at Hoosic Valley Central School District is dedicated to identifying and providing services to students with disabilities to ensure they receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Evaluation: Conduct comprehensive evaluations to determine students’ eligibility for special education services.
  2. IEP Development: Develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) tailored to meet each student’s unique needs.
  3. Monitoring: Continuously monitor student progress and make necessary adjustments to IEPs.

Collaboration: Work closely with parents, teachers, and service providers to support the student’s educational needs.

How to Request an Evaluation

Parents, guardians, or school personnel can request an evaluation for a student by contacting the CSE office. A formal referral must be made in writing, detailing the areas of concern.

The Committee on Special Education (CSE)

The Hoosic Valley Central School District supports students in mastering the New York State Learning Standards. Some students need more intensive support, which the District provides through special education services determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE).

The CSE identifies educational disabilities and can receive referral recommendations from the student based support team. Before a recommendation for a referral is made, the student based support team ensures all available supports have been provided or are not appropriate. A direct referral can be made by a parent/guardian; however, more effective outcomes are achieved when the student based support team is involved first.

After a referral, parent consent is obtained for evaluations. The CSE, including the student’s parents, reviews results, determines disabilities, and recommends appropriate services. These recommendations are then presented to the Board of Education for approval.

For questions about referrals or special education services, please contact the building principal or the director of special education/pupil personnel services.

Six-Step Process

Step 1: Referral Support for Students Students may face challenges at different times during their school years. Each building offers various supports such as an SBST team, AIS services, after-school assistance, and other improvement programs.

Step 2: Initial Referral for Special Education Services Students who might have a disability are referred to a multidisciplinary team known as the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

Step 3: Individual Evaluation Process The Committee conducts evaluations to assess the student’s abilities and needs.

Step 4: Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services Based on the evaluation results, the Committee determines whether the student qualifies for special education services and programs.

Step 5: Individualized Education Program (IEP) If eligible, the Committee creates and implements a tailored IEP for the student, based on the evaluation findings.

Step 6: Annual Review/Reevaluation The IEP is reviewed and updated annually by the Committee. Additionally, every three years, the student undergoes a reevaluation to ensure the continued necessity and appropriateness of special education services and to update the IEP as needed.

The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

For children aged 3 to 5, the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) recommends special education services. According to State Regulations, when your child becomes eligible for kindergarten, these decisions are transferred to the Committee on Special Education (CSE). The CSE, a multidisciplinary team within your school district, is responsible for recommending services and programs for school-age children with disabilities.

CPSE Annual Review and CSE Transition Meeting

In the spring, the CPSE will meet to recommend either special education supports or declassification before kindergarten. This meeting will include staff members familiar with your child and their needs. Immediately following, a CSE meeting will be held to discuss kindergarten recommendations. This process is mandated by State Regulations, ensuring that districts address each child’s unique needs.

To understand these needs, the team will review:

  • Your child’s preschool records and evaluations
  • Observations of your child in their current program and discussions with current teachers and/or service providers
  • Participation in the kindergarten screening process
  • Information provided by you, the parent/guardian, about your child’s needs

A Change in Classification

As a preschooler, your child was classified by the CPSE as a Preschool Child with a Disability. If special education is still needed as a school-age student, State Regulations require a more specific classification. Your child must meet the eligibility criteria for one or more of the 13 classifications to receive services.

 
  • Autism

  • Deafness

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Emotional Disability

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Learning Disability

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Speech or Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

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