Extended School Year (ESY) Program
June 19, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
The purpose of this letter is to update you on our Extended School Year (ESY) program for students with disabilities. After careful consideration, and out of an abundance of caution placing the health and welfare of our students and staff above all, we have made the difficult decision that the Hudson City School District’s 2020 ESY program will be provided through remote learning. We believe this decision will still afford students an appropriate summer experience, while keeping everyone safe, which must be our priority.
Read the full ESY letter here.
Special Education Services During School Closure
We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times. While schools are closed per Governor Cuomo’s executive order, the school district must ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to distance learning opportunities provided to general education students. To the greatest extent possible and appropriate, each student with a disability will be provided special education services identified in the student’s IEP through distance learning.
You can expect your child’s special education teachers and related service providers to be in contact with you and your students via phone, email, google classroom, or other virtual connections. Teachers and related service providers will be providing a variety of resources, materials, and activities that will be designed to continue to allow your child to work on academic skills and activities they were working on prior to the school closure. They are available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have with accessing the materials or information shared. There will be no in-person therapy or services provided during this school closure.
Upon the reopening of schools, we will resume regular programming and services. We will work with you and your child’s educational team to determine appropriate next steps. Please continue to regularly check the district’s website for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We look forward to having your children back in school as soon as possible.
During the period of school closure, CSE meetings will continue to occur via tele- or video- conferencing. Beginning with April 6, 2020 and continuing through the end of the school year, meetings will be held as previously planned. You will be receiving your invitation in email, via text or in the mail approximately one to two weeks prior to the scheduled day and time of the meeting that should have been communicated to you by your child’s case manager. Any meetings that were postponed will be rescheduled soon. If you have questions regarding your child’s annual review day and time, please contact your child’s teacher/case manager.
Kim Lybolt, Director
Joanne Lanuto, CSE/CPSE Chairperson
The Hudson City School District is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the district’s Student Services Department, which encompasses the district’s Committees on Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels. The Student Services Department also oversees the district’s health, related services, counseling and social work services for all resident students.
|Kim Lybolt, Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||Student Services and Special Education questions|
|Joanne Lanuto, CSE/CPSE Chairpersonemail@example.com||CSE/CPSE meeting specific questions|
|Mirela Dickason, CSE Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org||In-district school-aged student/staff questions|
|Tony Markham, CPSE and ODP Secretaryemail@example.com||Preschool and Out-of-District student questions|
|Melissa McHugh, Student Services Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org||Billing, STAC, Medicaid questions|
|Katharine Vera, Bilingual School Psychologistemail@example.com||Hudson High School|
|Eric Clark, School Psychologistfirstname.lastname@example.org||Hudson Junior High School|
|Kristin Plaia, School Psychologistemail@example.com||Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Gr. 3-5|
|Jason Hanley, School Psychologistfirstname.lastname@example.org||Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Gr. 2-5|
|Kerri Appelbaum, School Psychologistemail@example.com||Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Gr. K-2|
|Kayla Lamb, School Psychologistfirstname.lastname@example.org||Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Gr. K-2|
Find phone extensions for the above contacts in our district directory.
- A Parent’s Guide: Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21
- Due Process/Procedural Safeguards
- Annual Notification Regarding Use of Public Benefits (Medicaid) or Insurance to Pay for Certain Special Education and Related Services
- Camp Mahican information and application (COARC summer day camp)