After 14 years at 160 Union Street, the Office of Family and Student Support Services will be relocating to Poughkeepsie Middle School. Beginning the morning of Friday, June 3, 2016, we will not be reachable by phone for a brief period of time. The temporary phone number for the office is (845) 451-4812.
The new address is:
Poughkeepsie City School District
Office of Family and Student Support Services
55 College Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Fax – (845) 451-4821
Thank you for your patience during the transition.
The Family and Student Support Services office is responsible for a wide range of programs for students. Including, services to students with disabilities, homeless students, students receiving education programs at home and health services for students. The Family and Student Support Services office also coordinates guidance programs, school social workers, school psychologists, occupational and physical therapists and school nurses
Executive Director of Special Education
Dr. Steven Rappleyea
Director of Special Education
Mrs. Felicia Schinella
Director of Instructional Support Services
Mrs. Yvonne Palmer
This office is responsible for programs for pre-school children with disabilities, as well as arranging placements when the children attain school age.
This office is responsible for assigning Homebound Tutors to students who are unable to attend school because of suspension or medical requirements.
The Executive Director of Family and Student Support Services oversees the provision of accommodations for students identified as disabled under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and is also the compliance officer. In the event that a qualified student with a disability believes there has been a violation of their rights, under Section 504, a grievance should be submitted in writing to the attention of the Executive Director of Special Education and an investigation will be conducted.
To review NYS requirements for the education of students with disabilities, please click here
For the New York State regulations on Home Schooling, click here.
For the New York State regulations on Homeless Students, click here.
For the New York State Information about Students With Disabilities, click here.
Parents who have questions regarding an Individual Education Plan (IEP) should contact one of typists listed below for assistance.
Ms. Karen Hamel, IEP Typist
Ms. Laura Hamedl, IEP Typist
Ms. Lisa Velez, IEP Typist
Ms. Sherry Wilson, IEP Typist
To ensure that each child demonstrates high levels of academic performance and shows emotional and social growth and development. We will provide students with diverse and empowering experiences in an environment that supports and values learning. As a result, each child will advance toward his/her unique potential.
Parents sometimes are concerned that their child is not making adequate academic progress. Often, parents are not sure where to turn for guidance and seek extensive testing for their children. In most cases, testing is not warranted and only places undue stress on the child. Many learning concerns can be addressed through your child’s building’s Instructional Support Team (IST Team). The IST Team is comprised of professional within your child’s school, and may include personnel such as: school psychologists, regular education teachers, special education teachers, speech and language therapists, building administrators, social workers, nurses, etc. The goal of the IST Team is to identify strategies/ accommodations/ services that will help your child be successful in school. Recommendations may include interventions such as: remedial services, instructional strategies, classroom modifications, behavioral interventions, etc. The IST Team will reconvene to review the strategies/interventions that they implemented. Parent input is highly valued and is necessary for the IST Team process to work properly. To have your child reviewed by the IST Team, contact your child’s teacher (elementary school) or guidance counselor (secondary school).
The Assistant Superintendent for Family & Student Support Services is responsible for coordinating compliance efforts and investigating complaints made under Title VI. This area covers complaints made by students or employees regarding discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, race, sex, creed, color, national origin, marital status.
The Assistant Superintendent for Family & Student Support Services is responsible for coordinating compliance efforts and investigating complaints made under Title IX. This area covers complaints made by students or employees regarding discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender.
For a list of selected policies related to this office, please click here