Debby Sharpe-Defries, Director of Special
75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
May 12 session topic: anxiety and depression
The City School District of Albany's Special Education Department on May
offer the last of seven workshop this year for families of children with
The session will be held Tuesday, May 12 from 6-7:30 p.m.
in the media center at the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center,
located at 75 Watervliet Avenue. The topic, "Anxiety and Depression in
Your Child," was selected based on parent feedback.
The workshop is free and refreshments will be served.
Transportation assistance also is available. For more information,
contact Debby Sharpe at 475-6140 or
State requires review of suspensions
The State Education Department
has notified the City School District of Albany that it has been
identified for VESID State Performance Indicators related to the
suspension of students with disabilities. The specific indicators are:
High suspension rates for students with
disabilities for more than 10 days in a school year
Significant discrepancy in the rates of
suspensions and expulsions of more than 10 days by race and
ethnicity, specifically black students
The district is required to complete a self-review
monitoring process, which is a review of the district’s policies,
procedures and practices relating to the development of Individual
Education Plans (IEPs), the use of positive behavioral interventions and
supports, and procedural safeguards.
Results of this process are required to be sent to the state by May 31.
Special education services
School District of Albany is committed to making sure all students
receive a quality education that fits within the framework of their
individual needs. The Special Education Department provides specially
designed instruction, services and programs to help meet the unique
needs of students with disabilities.
provides a full range of special education services including:
Occupational therapy and counseling
Consultant teacher services
room services to provide supplemental instruction
Transitional support services
Integrated class services, full-time in-class support
education placements are determined by the Committee on Special
Education, the Subcommittee on Special Education and the Committee on
Preschool Special Education.
committees, in conjunction with parents and teachers, help develop
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for each school-age or preschool-age
pupil with a disability on an annual basis.
include information about the unique learning needs of each student,
such as learning rate, levels of social and physical development and
the students' management needs. The document also includes annual goals
and short-term objectives in academic, social and other areas for the
student's school year. The IEP will serve as a curriculum plan of action
and a source of evaluation for the student's progress during an entire
with disabilities are given access to school activities, which include,
but are not limited to:
and regular physical education
Conversational French and Spanish
the district conducts an annual district-wide speech screening system to
insure appropriate detection of speech impairments. Programming for
pupils with speech impairments is made available through in-district
speech programs provided by 19 speech therapists.