Special Education resources
The resources on this page are for use while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure that our students with disabilities receive the same access to instructional and service resources as their non-disabled peers. We recognize that school and community closures create uncertainty for any family; this can be especially true for families of students with disabilities.
The City School District of Albany is committed to your child and equitable access to instruction and services; we are working to address and alleviate some of the stressors during this time of uncertainty. Please review the following:
Eligibility, Triennial Reevaluation, and Annual Review IEP Meetings will be held virtually, via conference call or online platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Google Hangout. Your participation in these meetings is paramount, so please work with your CSE Chairperson, Special Education teacher or school principal to determine the platform that is best for you. If you had a meeting that was originally scheduled between March 17-March 27, your student’s special education teacher will be in touch to reschedule over the coming weeks.
Assessments and Evaluation
If your student is currently in the process of initial eligibility and/or triennial reevaluation, it may become necessary to adjust the testing plan for your student. Evaluation that requires in-person assessment will likely occur once schools reopen, out of consideration for student and staff health. Please work with the Special Education Department if you have individual questions around evaluation.
As a district, we have provided resources for at-home learning during our closure. Many schools have also sent home additional work packets and resources tailored to individual students’ needs. Special Education and general education teachers will be available to support students and families in furthering learning, responding to questions, and proactively reaching out to students by phone, text, or email.
Related Service Provision
Related Service Providers, such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, and Speech Language Pathologists, will be contacting you regarding resources and information intended to support student skills.
When choosing grade level content for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), parents may want to consider their child’s interest and performance level. IEP goals tend to focus on reading, writing and math.
Students participating in K-12 Inclusion Programs, such as co-teaching, consultant teacher and/or resource room who are in a general education classroom for most of their school day should refer to the grade level resources.
Students in K-12 Special Class Programs have access to all general education classroom resources at their grade level as well any resources at grade levels above and below.
Students who participate in Special Class programs and are Alternately Assessed will have access to individual packets of instructional materials or electronic resources provided by their special education teacher. Parents may still access any of the general education content that may interest, challenge or encourage their child.
Many students with disabilities utilize blended learning resources as part of their specially designed instruction. If you experience difficulty using or accessing the online learning resources below, please contact Eileen Sunderhaft at email@example.com or Lee-Ann Mertzlufft at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Lexia Core5 (For grades K-5, accessed through Clever)
- Lexia PowerUp (For grades 6-12, accessed through Clever)
- RAZ Kids (For grades K-5)
- Bookshare (For all grades K-12)
Listening (Receptive Language)
Story reading is one of the best ways to promote listening skills. The following websites can entertain your children while helping them learn:
Speaking (Expressive Language)
A thoughtful conversation with your child is a way to encourage thinking and speaking skills. Try to set aside at least 15 minutes a day to simply talk with your child about a designated topic.
Articulation (Speech Sound Production)
Free Speech and Language apps
- Guess the Person
- Memory Games
This comprehensive list of activities is available for families to address the individual occupational and/or physical therapy skill development needs of students.
Visit the website of our contractual music theraphy provider daily activities and therapy videos that families and students can follow along with.
The City School District of Albany will provide educational resources to students during the school closure. Schools must ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to those same educational opportunities.
The district recommends the following guidance for students eligible under Section 504 during the school closure:
- Students with 504 plans should follow grade level instructional resources and materials.
- All relevant accommodations on a student’s 504 plan will continue to apply to all school assignments, to the greatest extent possible. If you need a copy of your student’s 504 plan or have questions please contact Meghan Warren, Quality Assurance Manager at email@example.com.
- All instructional resources should be accessible to students with disabilities. If parents, students or school staff have concerns that grade level resources or other educational materials are not accessible to a student eligible under Section 504, please contact the classroom teacher or building principal.
- The district requires 504 plans to be reviewed annually and 504 eligibility to be reviewed every three years. School staff will be contacting parents to schedule 504 Annual Review and/or Triennial Re-Evaluation meetings as appropriate.
We understand that this disruption is difficult for both students and families and every effort will be made to minimize the impact to students.
Please feel free to visit our Special Education resources section for additional information.
These links provide access to a wide variety of learning opportunities. We know each child is unique so we understand adaptations may be required for each individual.
This website leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. By involving parents, teachers, caregivers and communities as learning partners, PBS Kids helps to empower children for success in school and in life. This is a good resource for children ages 4-7.
This website provides children with a fun way to practice math facts. It includes a variety of math topics, from problem solving and mathematical art to real world math and thinking games. This is a good resource for children in grades 1-6.
This website provides access to worksheets by grade level, domain, and common core standard. This is a good resource for children in grades K-8.
This website engages children with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are! This is a good resource for children ages 8-12.
This website provides an online curriculum with more than 850 lessons across 10 levels for reading, math, science, and arts and colors. This is a good resource for children ages 2-8.
This website provides learning opportunities for children in reading and math. This is a good resource for children in grades PK-3.
This website provides over 400 fun and educational games for children. Games are characterized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. This is a good resource for children in grades PreK-6.
This website allows you to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. It allows you to then share your creations with others in the online community. To access this resource, go to .
This is a good resource for young people ages 8 to 16, but people of all ages create and share with Scratch. A simplified version for children ages 5 to 7 is available here.
This website was created but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with the collaboration of the U.S. Department of Education. It includes seven unique science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Design Challenges, five for grades 6-8 and two for grades 3-5. Each STEM challenge is based upon real mission data and experiences that occur during human and robotic exploration of the solar system.
This website provides day-to-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. This is a good resource for children in grades Pre-K-6.
This website provides children with access to instructional materials for STEM, social studies, reading/writing, health, arts, English, Arts & Music, vocabulary, and more! Students in grades K-3 can access content here and English Language Learners can access content here.
This website provides access to literacy resources.
This website is designed for unique learners in pre-K through transition. It includes access to standards-based academic content, assessment and data collection, a weekly newspaper, symbol communication tools, skill-based games, and behavior management.
This website has ASL Literacy Packets based on seven popular picture books. Each packet includes descriptions and demonstrations of the signs in the story, and three literacy activities – including all necessary handouts or manipulatives. You can view each packet as an e-book or download it as a PDF. This is a good resource for young children.
Signing Dictionary is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, finger-spelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.
Gallaudet offers free online ASL lessons.
This website provides a series of worksheets can help kids learn American Sign Language alphabet and give them practice with decoding phrases and quotes. This is a good resource for anyone at the beginner level.
This website provides American Sign Language WH questions printable materials. This is a good resource for parents and teachers.
This website is designed for students to have low vision and have deaf/blindness.
Together with California State University, LA and Perkins School for the Blind, and Paths to Literacy, American Printing House will offer free engaging lessons for students with a variety of abilities.
Tech support and student privacy
The district’s Technology Help Desk may assist students and families with issues related to connecting a Chromebook to wireless access points, or with student login to the Chromebooks or the Clever suite of applications.
You can reach the Technology Help Desk from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each weekday at (518) 475-6195.
Please note that the Help Desk cannot assist with matters related to use, content or activities within any of the district instructional applications or Google Classroom. Questions regarding the use of Google Classroom, instructional resources, learning tasks or expectations related to instructional content need to be directed to each student’s teacher or principal.
Please note that the City School District of Albany can only guarantee the safety of a students' digital footprint and identity if they are using one of the district-approved applications located in Clever or within the Google Education Suite. The use of other websites/applications is at the discretion of the parent. We strongly encourage you to read the privacy policies of any non-district approved applications to ensure that your child's identity is properly protected.