Special Education Department

Special Education Department

Special Education Department

Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Many Parents/Guardians participated in the August Virtual reopening meetings and we did our best to answer general questions and in some cases, offered a specific response to your question that was unique to your child.  Others have been in contact with their Special Education provider or with another representative of the Department.  In our planning for the virtual time frame and to prepare for the Hybrid opening, we are trying to be flexible and creative in order to meet your child’s needs.
At the beginning of the school year, you will be contacted by the teacher or therapist who works with your child.  They want to hear about the areas of concerns that you have experienced since the closure.  There may be goals that were developed last spring, that need to be updated or revisited.  During this discussion, they will also be inquiring about your preference to how services will be implemented and all scenarios will be considered.  During the first 5 week (virtual setting) teachers will provide you consistent times they will be available to provide services, but your input will be essential in how they will be delivered.
Our goal for self-contained classes will be to limit exposure and students' mainstreaming opportunities may be modified when "in person" classes resume.  Resource room and consultant teacher services will be scheduled and implemented similar to how they are during the regular school year.  Providers will be prepared to discuss the details of services and goals when they contact you in early September.
As we determine how many students with disabilities are returning to school on October 13th, more details will follow regarding the weekly schedule.  Information about students who attend a full day BOCES program will be available in the next two weeks and parents will be contacted soon after.  
Please contact the Special Education office or your respective building Principal with questions unique to your child.
Please click here to submit any questions or to let us know if you would like to share your thoughts regarding services, goals or challenges as we prepare for your child’s instruction. 

General Information

The Special Education Department provides services for student with special needs.  Services and accommodations are available to students who meet the eligibility requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. A full continuum of program options is available to meet the needs of individuals in the least restrictive environment. Programs are located in all buildings within the Oneonta City School District. District placements allow opportunities for students to be mainstreamed with their typical peers according to individual strengths and interests. Opportunities to integrate within the school program are abundant. 

The Special Education Department provides appropriate educational programs and services, which will enable all children:

     to become self-sufficient to the extent their disabilities permit;

     to realize their potential;

     to attain self-worth and personal dignity; and

     to become participating members of their families and society.

Special education also includes related services that are developmental, corrective, and supportive.  These related services include, but are not limited to, speech-language therapy, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, counseling services, parent counseling and education, and transportation. All services are provided at no cost to parents.

To discuss your child's unique needs, or for further information, please contact: 

Oneonta City School Special Education Department, 607-433-8225
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