District Announcements

  • It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our NEW Director of Technology & Innovation, Darleen Nicolosi...

    Please read the letter from our Superintendent, James Montesano, regarding this new position, created as part of the District's 5-Year Technology Plan and filled by Ms. Darleen Nicolosi.

    "Globalization and technology have changed the way we live and learn, and schools need to emphasize the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century."

    Communications
  • Welcome Back to School!

    Join us in partnership as we kick off a new school year and prepare all students to be "Future-Ready".  With a shared vision developed with YOU - our community -  we are focused on seven core competencies representing our Profile of a Nyack Graduate: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Cultural Competence, Content Mastery.

    "In our schools, we are committed to the belief that all students possess great natural abilities. At the most fundamental level, the focus on education has to be on creating conditions in which students will want and be able to learn.  When children are encouraged to be curious and explore, the learning process opens up to new possibilities."    - James Montesano, Superintendent of Schools

    Together, we are building bridges for today's students to cross into tomorrow's world with equity, innovation and optimism.

    Communications
  • ATHLETIC FIELD UPDATE: Please view the attached Q&A

    To keep our community informed regarding the status of our athletic fields, the District has put together an update with Q&A.  This  will also be posted via Peachjar for District families.

    Communications
  • The NEW 2017-18 District Calendar is now available on our website !

    The calendar is attached to this announcement for your convenience and can be found on the District's homepage under "About Us" in the navigation bar. 

    Please note that in the mailed version the following important documents will be included as inserts:

    -  Free & Reduced Lunch Application and packet (for eligible families)

    - Health Certificate Form and Medication Order Form (for submission to school nurses)

    - Media Release Form (for parents/guardians who DO NOT give permission for their child's photo to be posted for District use)

    - Household Contact Verification Form - NEW (for households who have not already updated their contact info for  the District database)

    A Welcome Letter from our Superintendent, "Communication Matters", and 2017-18 District Calendar Year-at-a-Glance are also included as inserts.

    All District families will be receiving a copy of this calendar in the mail in the week of August 14th.  Please call the Public Relations Office at 353-7013 if you have not received one by August 18th.

    Communications
  • It's mosquito & tick season! Please see the attached public service announcements on disease prevention, provided by Rockland Health Dept.

    Communications

CPE and CPSE Information

CSE and CPSE Contact Information

Ken Poka
Chairperson for the Committee on Special Education (CSE)
Grades 6-12
845-353-7073
kpoka@nyackschools.com

Tonia McGowan
Chairperson for the Committees on Pre-School Special Education and Special Education (CPSE/CSE)
Pre-School to Grade 5
845-353-7077
tmcgowan@nyackschools.com

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who will be testing my child? Your child will be evaluated by district professional personnel and will receive at least Psychological and an Educational evaluations.

2. Do I get the chance to see the reports before the meeting? Reports are to be shared with Parents prior to the Committee meeting.

3. Who will be at the CSE meeting? The Committee is comprised of the Chairperson, a School Psychologist, a General Education Teacher, a Special Education Teacher, Parent(s), Parent Member and other people who possess knowledge or special expertise regarding the student- including related services personnel as appropriate.

4. What if I don't agree with the Committee's decision? Should your concerns not be resolved through the Committee, or informally through discussions with the District, Special Education Mediation, a voluntary process is available. You have a right to request, in writing, timely mediation run by a qualified and impartial mediator. Should mediation fail to resolve the issue, you have the right to request an Impartial Hearing. Additional information on Mediation and Due Process Proceedings can be found in "Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21: A Parent's Guide" which is provided to all parents of students referred to the CSE. This publication is available at www.vesid.nysed.gov (use our link to this website). 

5. Can I bring other people to my meeting? Parents may bring additional people to the Committee meeting. The district asks for prior notice to ensure sufficient space, seating or technical support are available. If a parent brings legal representation without advanced notice, the CSE may be postponed so that the school district may also arrange for representation.

6. How long will it take to do the evaluations? Regulations require evaluations and initial eligibility determination to take place within 60 calendar days of receipt of parental consent for evaluation. Evaluations are completed as soon as possible once parental consent is received.

7. What if I bring a doctor’s note that says my child needs services? Information from physicians regarding your child's medical status will be considered along with other documentation at the Committee meeting. This information should be submitted to the Special Education Office in advance of the scheduled meeting.

8. Where can I find out more about the process and the laws that govern Special Education? You can access information regarding the Special Education process and regulations at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/formsnotices/psgn/PSGN-April2014.pdf (use our link to this website).

9. Will my child ever be reevaluated to "test out" of Special Education? The process includes required reevaluation every three years for students classified with a disability. This Reevaluation Review may be requested anytime should there be a need to consider declassification.

10.Who should I contact if my child is struggling and may be in need of services? Your child's school can provide information regarding support available through regular education. Should you wish to access the Special Education process, please contact the specific Chairperson of the Committee on Special Education.

11. What help is available to students who are not classified with a disability? Nyack Public Schools offers a variety of Academic Intervention Services (AIS), Educationally Related Support Services (ERSS), ELL support services, After School Homework Help, Guidance supports, and Vocational programming opportunities. Please speak with your school's principal or your child's Guidance Counselor regarding available programs.