Office of Students with Exceptionalities
Poughkeepsie City School District
Office of Students with Exceptionalities
18 South Perry St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone- (845) 437-3473
District MissionWe are champions of children who inspire and nurture the whole child by providing innovative, high-quality educational opportunities that prepare all students to embark on individual paths of success in a globally diverse community.
The Office of Students with Exceptionalities 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 Office of Students with Exceptionalities also coordinates guidance programs, school social workers, school psychologists, occupational and physical therapists and school nurses
Administrators in the Family & Student Support Services Office
- Executive DirectorDr. Iris Goliger
- Special Education administrative contact for the following schools: Krieger, Warring, Poughkeepsie Middle School, Poughkeepsie High School
- Responsible for programs for pre-school children with disabilities, as well as arranging placements when the children attain school age.
- Special Education administrative contact for the following schools: ELC, Clinton, Morse, Private Schools & BOCES programs, and 504 Accomodation Plans
Lisa Clark, Secretary to the Executive Director
Parents who have questions regarding an Individual Education Plan (IEP) should contact one of typists listed below for assistance.Laura Hamedl, IEP TypistGloree Sapio, IEP TypistLisa Velez, IEP TypistSherry Wilson, IEP TypistNyato Murray, Account Clerk
District-Wide CSE Chairpersons
Contact: Ms. Nyato Murray - Clerical Support
This office is responsible for assigning Homebound Tutors to students who are unable to attend school because of suspension or medical requirements.
Contact: Ms. Laura Hamedl - Clerical Support
Parents may exercise their right to provide required instruction at home under Education Law, section 3212(2).
Section 504 Coordinator for Students
The Coordinator 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 Coordinator of Family & Student Support Services, and an investigation will be conducted.
Other Relevant NYS regulations
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.
Instructional Support Team
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).
RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION PLAN AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT TEAM PROCEDURES HANDBOOK