Special Education

The Niskayuna Central School District is committed to providing high-quality special education and support services for our resident students who qualify for such supports. Programs and services are coordinated by the district’s Office of Student Support Services, which encompasses the district’s Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels.

Special Education Conducting Family Survey | November 2019

The Department of Pupil Personnel Services is seeking feedback from families of students receiving special education or 504 services through an online survey. The results of this area will help the department identify areas of strength to build on and areas to target for improvement. Complete the online survey

Responses are anonymous. It should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open through Dec. 6, 2019, and we ask that each individual complete one survey before that date. Our families are best positioned to provide us insight into what’s working and where we can all work together to build a stronger department.

Information for parents of students with disabilities

If your child has a disability or if you suspect that your child has a disability, you can request a meeting of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) by contacting the district’s Special Education Department at (518) 382-2525.

Elizabeth Morphy
Director of Elementary Special Education (PreK – Grade 5 and BOCES placements)
(518) 382-2525, ext. 21736
emorphy@niskyschools.org

Lorraine Noel
CSE Secretary, Grades PreK-5
(518) 382-2525, ext. 50738
LNoel@niskyschools.org

Jessie Richards
Director of Secondary Special Education (Grades 6-12 and out-of-district placements)
(518) 382-2525, ext. 50735
jrichards@niskyschools.org

Maria Scotti
CSE Secretary, Grades 6-12
(518) 382-2525, ext. 50739
MScotti@niskyschools.org

“A Parent’s Guide to Special Education,” published by the New York State Education Department, is also a helpful resource.

Graduation Pathways for Students with Disabilities

All students should leave high school prepared for living, working and future learning. In New York, there are more ways than ever for students with disabilities to leave school with a meaningful credential that represents how much they have accomplished — and what they are prepared for. Read more about the Graduation Pathways here

Committee on Preschool Special Education

The district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for ensuring that parents are aware of the opportunities available for evaluation of children 3-5 years old who are suspected of having a disability, and for services to preschool children with disabilities. The committee consists of representatives from preschool special education agencies, county administrators, parents and district staff. All recommendations for services are made to the Board of Education. If you have concerns about your child’s development, or would like more information, call Lorraine Noel at (518) 382-2525 or e-mail lnoel@niskyschools.org.

CSE/CPSE 504 meetings & Closings/delays

If school is closed, all meetings will be canceled and rescheduled.

If school is delayed by one hour, all meetings will be delayed by one hour.

Please note the following important changes if school is delayed by two hours and:

  • Your student attends Niskayuna High School and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. or later, the meeting will be held as originally scheduled. If the meeting is scheduled to begin before 9:30 a.m., the meeting will be canceled and rescheduled.
  • Your student attends Iroquois Middle School or Van Antwerp Middle School and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. or later, the meeting will be held as originally scheduled. If the meeting is scheduled to begin before 11 a.m., the meeting will be canceled and rescheduled.
  • Your student is either a preschool student or attends one of the Niskayuna Elementary Schools and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. or later, the meeting will be held as originally scheduled. If the meeting is scheduled to begin before 11 a.m., the meeting will be canceled and rescheduled.
  • Your student attends either a private school, a BOCES program or a residential program and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. or later, the meeting will be held as originally scheduled. If the meeting is scheduled to begin before 10 a.m., the meeting will be canceled and rescheduled.