District Announcements

  • The 2017-18 Proposed Budget was presented at the April 18th BOE meeting and is available to the public.

    Please see the attached presentation made by Dr. Montesano to the Board of Education. 

    Our annual Budget Newsletter, Straight Talk, will be mailed out to all District residents on Friday, May 5th.  It will include a message from our Superintendent and BOE President, Karen Hughes, along with Points of Pride, the Budget Notice, a listing of the BOE Trustee candidates on the ballot, and a Q&A section.

    The Budget/Trustee Vote is on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.  Please remember to vote.

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  • The attached letter from Dr. Montesano was sent to District families and all staff on 3/24/17 RE: undocumented & immigrant students rights.

    This letter also contains a link to a statement from the New York State Attorney General Schneiderman and Education Commissioner Elia advising schools on protecting immigrant students, "In Light of Recent Federal Immigration-Related Actions, Guidance Reminds Districts of Their Duty to Uphold the Rights of Immigrant Students and Safeguard Student Data".

    Nyack Public Schools is steadfast in its commitment to protecting the rights of all students. 

    The letter is attached in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  Thank you for your attention to this.

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  • Thursday, March 30th is our 3rd Community Forum and "Innovation Now" Showcase, 7:00-8:30 pm at Nyack Center

    Are We Future-Ready?  Nyack Public Schools are preparing students NOW.  Come and See How on Thursday, March 30th at our Community Forum and Innovation Now Showcase featuring an EdTalk with Dr. Montesano, Superintendent of Schools.  The Innovation Now Showcase will feature a room full of demos, displays and dialogue with teachers, administrators and staff.  Join us for this exciting community event at Nyack Center. 

    Doors open at 6:30pm.  EdTalk starts at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you join us!

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  • Please see the 2/27/17 letter from Dr. Montesano RE: Transgender Student Rights which was sent District-wide to families and staff

    The statement contains a link to the 2/23/17 Press Release from Attorney General Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner Elia issuing a reminder that New York State protects transgender students.  A second link contains a July 2015 "Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender and Nonconforming Students", issued by the NY State Education Department (NYSED).  A third link contains results  of a statewide school district survey designed to help determine whether public schools are meeting their obligations under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

    Nyack Public Schools will continue to fully support the July 2015 guidance document issued by NYSED.

    A quote from Dr. Montesano's letter was featured in The Journal News 3-21-17 article, "Safe & Secure".

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  • The BOE approved the 2017-18 School Calendar at the Feb. 7th, 2017 meeting. The PDF is attached, below, for your convenience.

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  • Our online School Directories provide direct links to all teachers' email addresses

    Your school's online Directory provides a listing of all staff in each building.  If you would like to send an email to your child's teacher, simply click on their email address provided in the Directory. For quick and easy access, your school's Directory is located in the Navigation Bar under "About Us" at each school site. Other helpful links are located as a series of icons under "District Links":  Our Schools; Let's Talk; Peachjar; Parent Portal; and In the News.  

    We encourage you to stay connected and use these links often.

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  • Kindergarten Registration is now OPEN. Children who turn 5 years of age by December 1, 2017 are eligible to register.

    To find out how to register your incoming Kindergartner, please go to our District homepage at www.nyackschools.org; click on "Parent Resources" at the top of the page in the Navigation Bar; scroll down and click on "Registration".  Follow the directions for online registration.  Once you have registered online OR if you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the District's Registrar's Office at 353 - 7038 to make an appointment.  Thank you.

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  • Registration is ongoing for 2016-17 School Year

    Please click on the REGISTRATION Quick Link located on this homepage to begin the process and access online registration through Infinite Campus.

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  • REMINDER Regarding the District's NEW Media Release Opt-Out Form and Protocol

    Parents and Guardians: the District has a NEW Media Release/Opt Out protocol that will go into effect this month, October, 2016.  All parents/guardians should have received the attached letter in their summer mailing  that  included  a September 26th deadline for any "Opt Outs".   Parents/guardians who do not wish their child's photograph to be featured on our new websites must have checked the appropriate boxes on this form and have sent it back to their child's school.  Please call the District's Office of Public Relations at (845) 353-7013 with any questions regarding this new protocol.  The Media Opt Out Form is one that can be filled out at any time but must be kept at the school building level for easy access by staff and to ensure that the protocol  is effectively followed. The District looks forward to celebrating daily accomplishments and sharing them via posts to our new District sites.

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CPE and CPSE Information

CSE and CPSE Contact Information

Ken Poka
Chairperson for the Committee on Special Education (CSE)
Grades 6-12
845-353-7073
kpoka@nyackschools.com

Tonia McGowan
Chairperson for the Committees on Pre-School Special Education and Special Education (CPSE/CSE)
Pre-School to Grade 5
845-353-7077
tmcgowan@nyackschools.com

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who will be testing my child? Your child will be evaluated by district professional personnel and will receive at least Psychological and an Educational evaluations.

2. Do I get the chance to see the reports before the meeting? Reports are to be shared with Parents prior to the Committee meeting.

3. Who will be at the CSE meeting? The Committee is comprised of the Chairperson, a School Psychologist, a General Education Teacher, a Special Education Teacher, Parent(s), Parent Member and other people who possess knowledge or special expertise regarding the student- including related services personnel as appropriate.

4. What if I don't agree with the Committee's decision? Should your concerns not be resolved through the Committee, or informally through discussions with the District, Special Education Mediation, a voluntary process is available. You have a right to request, in writing, timely mediation run by a qualified and impartial mediator. Should mediation fail to resolve the issue, you have the right to request an Impartial Hearing. Additional information on Mediation and Due Process Proceedings can be found in "Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21: A Parent's Guide" which is provided to all parents of students referred to the CSE. This publication is available at www.vesid.nysed.gov (use our link to this website). 

5. Can I bring other people to my meeting? Parents may bring additional people to the Committee meeting. The district asks for prior notice to ensure sufficient space, seating or technical support are available. If a parent brings legal representation without advanced notice, the CSE may be postponed so that the school district may also arrange for representation.

6. How long will it take to do the evaluations? Regulations require evaluations and initial eligibility determination to take place within 60 calendar days of receipt of parental consent for evaluation. Evaluations are completed as soon as possible once parental consent is received.

7. What if I bring a doctor’s note that says my child needs services? Information from physicians regarding your child's medical status will be considered along with other documentation at the Committee meeting. This information should be submitted to the Special Education Office in advance of the scheduled meeting.

8. Where can I find out more about the process and the laws that govern Special Education? You can access information regarding the Special Education process and regulations at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/formsnotices/psgn/PSGN-April2014.pdf (use our link to this website).

9. Will my child ever be reevaluated to "test out" of Special Education? The process includes required reevaluation every three years for students classified with a disability. This Reevaluation Review may be requested anytime should there be a need to consider declassification.

10.Who should I contact if my child is struggling and may be in need of services? Your child's school can provide information regarding support available through regular education. Should you wish to access the Special Education process, please contact the specific Chairperson of the Committee on Special Education.

11. What help is available to students who are not classified with a disability? Nyack Public Schools offers a variety of Academic Intervention Services (AIS), Educationally Related Support Services (ERSS), ELL support services, After School Homework Help, Guidance supports, and Vocational programming opportunities. Please speak with your school's principal or your child's Guidance Counselor regarding available programs.