RCS 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, multiple disabilities, intellectual disability, 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.
(2/8/15) Section 4402 of the Education Law has been amended by adding a new subdivision, effective July 1, 2015, requiring public schools to notify every parent of their rights regarding referral and evaluation of their child for the purposes of special education services or programs upon their child’s enrollment in public school.
This amendment requires school districts to notify every parent or person in parental relation of their rights regarding the referral and evaluation of their child for the purposes of special education services or programs. This notification shall be provided to the parents of all students in the district (with and without disabilities) upon their child’s entry into public school.
This field advisory (PDF) provides information on this change which
includes the legal citation(s), a summary of the changes, an effective date,
and the corresponding statutory language. The field advisory is also posted
In addition, the new requirement has been included in A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS (PDF).
ACT is parent support group organized for those interested in the issues of educating special needs children. The group meets each month at 6:30 p.m. in the RCS High School library.
For additional information about upcoming parent support group meetings, or for general questions, please contact Mary MacDonald at 767-3129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the ACT webpage.
The Special Education School District Data Profile is prepared in accordance with the requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each State must have a State Performance Plan (SPP) to evaluate the State's efforts to meet the requirements and purposes of the implementation of IDEA. The SPP is a six-year plan which describes New York State's performance on 20 indicators. States must report annually to the public on the performance of the State in an Annual Performance Report (APR) and each school district against the State's targets. New York State's SPP and the APR that describe these indicators in detail are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/spp/.
The following report reflects only quantifiable data collected by the State. Since performance of a school district in any indicator may be the result of unique circumstances within a district, readers are encouraged to consider information provided by the district's administration in interpreting these data.