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Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services

Watervliet City Schools believes in placing students in programs that are in the least restrictive environment which is consistent with New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations. This means that a student with disabilities is provided with special education and services to the maximum extent appropriate with other students who do not have disabilities and as close as possible to the student's home.

Special education services are available to any student with a mental, physical or emotional impairment that affects his or her educational performance. For school-age children, this may include autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, learning disability, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment (including blindness).

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes a prominent and active role for parents and teachers in planning and implementing educational programs for students with disabilities. Parents work hand-in-hand with their child's teachers and other district staff to formulate their child's IEP.

Please follow the links to the right for more information about Watervliet's Special Education Program.

Special Education Contacts

Janelle 0. Yanni, Director of Programs and Pupil Services
Barbara DiPofi, Special Education Secretary
Elizabeth Slate, Special Education Secretary
Phone: 518.629-3202
Fax: 518.629.3262


Quick links heading

Special education links

Letter to parents of students in the Watervliet City School District

Continuum of Services

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

Extended School Year Program

Helpful Links

Procedural Safeguards Notice (PDF document)

Referral Process

Quality Assurance Review Process

Parent Resources

Parent Partnership Committee's Glossary of Special Education Terms

School Improvement Team Minutes

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