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special education & Student support services

The Niskayuna Central School District is committed to providing high-quality special education and support services for our resident students who qualify for such supports. Programs and services are coordinated by the district's Office of Student Support Services, which encompasses the district's Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels.

Interim Special Education Director: Anthony Albanese, 382-2511, x50737, aalbanese@niskyschools.org

Information for parents

If you suspect that your child has a disability and you would like information about the procedures in place to access services, these resources may be helpful:

  • A Parent's Guide to Special Education (New York State Education Department Guide)
  • Contact the Special Education Department, (518) 377-4666, ext. 50737
  • You can also contact the principal of your child's school.
Factsheet: Graduation pathways for students with disabilities

View the factsheet [PDF] This informational bulletin talks about how commencement credentials for students with disabilities are changing and outlines the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) certificate and Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SACC). 

NYSED GUIDANCE in Special Education

News and Notes [PDF]

Nisky C.A.R.E.S.

A group of parents, educators, students, and administrators working collaboratively with the purpose of creating a school culture that embraces, by greater understanding, the learning needs of individuals with all abilities. LEARN MORE

How do snow days and delays affect Committee on Special Education meetings?

If school is closed, all meetings will be canceled and rescheduled. If school is delayed by one hour, all meetings will be delayed by one hour.
Please note the following important changes if school is delayed by two hours. learn more 

CommittEe on Preschool
Special Education

The district's Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for ensuring that parents are aware of the opportunities available for evaluation of children 3-5 years old who are suspected of having a disability, and for services to preschool children with disabilities. The committee consists of representatives from preschool special education agencies, county administrators, parents and district staff. All recommendations for services are made to the Board of Education. If you have concerns about your child's development, or would like more information, call (518) 377-4666, Ext. 50738 or e-mail ksym@niskyschools.org. 

parent & family resources
parent network of the capital region

parent Network of the Capital Region Events and Workshops

The mission of the Parent Network of the Capital Region is to provide parents with the knowledge, skills, and resources to facilitate productive relationships with their school districts ensuring an appropriate education for their child. The Parent Network of the Capital Region frequently hosts programs on a variety of topics of interest to parents. See the calendar of upcoming events

 

Student Work Experience program

Our Pre-SWEP (in school buildings) and Community SWEP program (out of the buildings) are offered to high school students to aid in the transition to the world of work.

Pre-SWEP students intern at various jobs throughout the Niskayuna School Community in order to develop necessary employability skills. Placements include the library, print shop, office services, and cafeteria.

In the Community SWEP program, students participate in 10-week rotations at businesses and agencies in the local Schenectady area. In addition to actual on the job/internship experience, students receive a weekly classroom component where they are instructed in the 'soft skills' necessary to ensure success at any job site. Credit is offered for one year of successful participation in the program.

Job coaching is an integral part of both of these programs as contracted through the Schenectady ARC, and district transportation is provided to community internship placements.