While We Are Closed

While We Are Closed: The emotional health and physical wellbeing of our students is paramount. Our clinical team, comprised of social workers and psychologists will continue to be available to you and to your child via email while the District is closed in response to Covid-19. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns to your support staff.  Attached please also find related articles that will help students and parents. 


In the event that you are experiencing a crisis or that you may need support beyond which a staff member can provide through a phone call or email, please utilize the resources listed below. 


Nyack Hospital 845-348-2000

Behavioral Health Response Team 845-517-0400

New York State Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065

Rockland County Department of Health 845-364-2512





  1. Stick to a routine.  Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.


  1. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.  Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth.  


  1. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes.  If you are concerned about contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues.  If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.


  1. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes.  If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!


  1. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes.  Use social media, even use it a lot, but steer clear of the drama.


  1. Stay hydrated and eat well.   This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food.  Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!


  1. Notice the good in the world, the helpers.  There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic.  There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways.  It is important to counterbalance the heavy information with the hopeful information.  


  1. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it.  In moments of overwhelming uncertainty, you can still control your little corner of the world.  Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture. It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.


  1. Engage in repetitive movements and left-right movements.  Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, coloring, painting, clay sculpting, jumping rope, etc.) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress. This is research based. 


10.. Find lightness and humor in each day.  There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason.  Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: fail videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.


  1. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary.  It seems in the midst of this quarantine that it will never end. Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass.  We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

Please know that your school social workers and school psychologists are with you at this time. School clinicians are checking their emails daily and are available to support you!


  • Submitted on behalf of the Nyack Public Schools’ Social Workers and School Psychologists 

Welcome to Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education

The Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education Department makes available an array of quality instruction and support services designed to provide an appropriate educational experience for students.  It offers support to individuals and groups of students outside of the regular education program in the areas of: Community Liaison, Family Resource Support, Guidance & School Counseling, Nursing, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Speech & Language Services and Education Services. These services are available to all students in our schools. While some of these services are provided only upon recommendation by the Committee on Special Education, parents, students and teachers often need advice on how to deal with social, educational or personal problems which arise. To this end each of our schools maintains a staff of professional personnel for this express purpose.  To learn more about pupil personnel services and special education, please scroll down and click on available information pages.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who will be testing my child?Your child will be evaluated by district professional personnel.
  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 mediationfail 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  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/parentguide.htm



Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association 

  • We bring together parents, teachers, administrators, service providers, relatives, and friends in an effort to promote understanding and support of our children with special needs. 
  • Nyack SEPTSA is designed to help parents advocate for children with special needs. It is a place for parents and teachers to exchange information on various programs, funding, ever-changing state and federal laws and to support each other on many problems of adjustment, growth and development our members face. 
  • Nyack SEPTSA has regular meetings just like any other PTA, with speakers to run lectures or workshops on many pressing issues for our children. 


SEPTSA Executive Board Members:                                                                                                  Meetings: 

Co-Presidents: Keri Horan & Isabel Ibrahimi                                                                                7pm at Nyack Middle School 

Vice President: Laurent Szanto  Treasurer: Nancy Feeley                                                     Meeting Dates: October 17th, November 28th, December 19th, January 16th,               Secretary: Barbara Valente                                                                                                                                                February 13th, March 20th, April 17th, and May 22nd





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Email us: nyackseptsa@gmail.com

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