Special Education

Approved Private Preschool and School-age Programs for Students with Disabilities – Delays in the Start of the School Year

September  2011

To:
District Superintendents
Superintendents of Public Schools
Superintendents of State-Operated and State-Supported Schools
Superintendents of Special Act School Districts
Executive Directors of Approved Private Schools
Directors of Approved Preschool Programs
Principals of Public, Nonpublic and Charter Schools
Section 4410 Municipality Representatives
New York City Department of Education
Impartial Hearing Officers
Special Education Parent Centers
Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers
Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education
From:
James P. DeLorenzo
Statewide Coordinator of Special Education
Office of Special Education

Harold Matott, Director
STAC, Special Aids and Medicaid Unit

Subject:
Approved Private Preschool and School-age Programs for Students with Disabilities – Delays in the Start of the School Year - PDF PDF document (67 KB)

In light of the extraordinary difficulties many school districts and private special education schools and providers faced opening this year and in response to questions raised about delaying the start of the school year due to the recent storms, we are providing you with the following information. 

Approved preschool and school-age private special education schools and providers (herein referred to as schools and providers) impacted by the storms still must provide 180 days of instruction as required by section 200.7(b)(5) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  The start date of the school year currently reported on the System to Track and Account for Children (STAC) for each school and provider will not be changed provided that the 180-day requirement is met.  To make up for the days they were not in operation due to storm damage, schools and providers can use scheduled snow and vacation days but not students’ legal absences.  Committees on special education and committees on preschool special education do not need to change the dates of service on students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) and can continue to submit STAC applications which include the start date of the school year reported on STAC and dates thereafter as service dates even if the school or provider was not in operation on one or more of the service dates due to storm damage.

Preschool special education programs approved to provide a special education itinerant teacher (SEIT) and/or related services must provide the frequency and duration of the special education services required by the students’ IEPs.

For questions regarding reimbursement, contact the STAC, Special Aids and Medicaid Unit at 518-474-7116.  For all other questions, contact your Regional Associate at the Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Office (see attached listing) or the Office of Special Education Nondistrict Unit.

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P-12:  OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
SPECIAL EDUCATION QUALITY ASSURANCE

WESTERN REGIONAL OFFICE

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
Park Lewis Hall
2A Richmond Avenue
Batavia, NY  14020
(585) 344-2002
(585) 344-2442 (fax)

CENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
State Tower Building
109 S. Warren Street, Suite 320
Syracuse, NY  13202
(315) 476-5081
(315) 476-5182 (fax)

EASTERN REGIONAL OFFICE

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
Room 1619 One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY  12234
(518) 486-6366
(518) 486-7693 (fax)

HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL OFFICE

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
1950 Edgewater Street
Yorktown Heights, NY  10598
(914) 245-0010
(914) 245-2952 (fax)

LONG ISLAND REGIONAL OFFICE

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
The Kellum Educational Center
887 Kellum Street
Lindenhurst, NY  11757
(631) 884-8530
(631) 884-8540 (fax)

NEW YORK CITY OFFICE

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
55 Hanson Place, Room 545
Brooklyn, NY  11217-1580
(718) 722-4544
(718) 722-2032 (fax)

NONDISTRICT UNIT

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
Room 1619 One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY  12234
(518) 473-1185
(518) 486-7693 (fax)

Last Updated: September 20, 2011