Pupil Personnel and Student Services
Special education assures that each student will have the necessary programs, supports, and services to access a free and appropriate public education. Children who have been identified as having disabilities, from age 3 to 21 are entitled by law to special education and related services that will meet their needs at no cost to their parents. If you believe your child may require special education services, it is important to ask the right questions from the start. There may be supports available within the general education setting at the school your child attends. For some students, building level supports can effectively meet their needs. You may want to contact your child’s teacher, the building school psychologist, guidance counselor or building Principal if you have concerns. Of course you can always feel free to contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services and we are happy to answer any questions you have.
Committee on Pre-School Education
The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) coordinates the entire preschool evaluation process for children 3-5 years of age who live in the Mount Pleasant Central School District. The CPSE is a multidisciplinary team of individuals who meet to determine if a child is eligible for preschool special education services according to New York State regulations.
The CPSE team recommends services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) appropriate to your child’s needs. This means that the committee must consider how special education services can be provided to your child that will allow him or her to be educated with children who do not have disabilities, to the maximum extent appropriate.
Pre-School Special Education Workshops
- Is your child ready for kindergarten?
- Helping your child transition to Kindergarten.
- Developing your Child's Speech and Language Skills: Home-school Connections
Committee of Special Education
The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is also involved with students requiring Section 504 Accommodation plans. In accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, students who have “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities” may require a 504 plan. The plan defines modifications and accommodations that will be needed in the school setting for students to have an opportunity to perform at the same level as their peers. Although this is a building level service, the Office of Special Service is involved with the coordination and implementation of Section 504 Accommodation plans.
Dr. Joann Vaccaro
Director of Pupil Personnel & Student Services
914-769-5500 ext. 5107
Assistant Director of Special Education
914-769-5500 ext. 5100
914-769-5500 ext. 5122
914-769-5500 ext. 5126
Secretary to Administrator
914-769-5500 ext. 5125
914-769-5500 ext. 5108