Special Education & Student Services

Family Learning Opportunities

The Capital District Early Childhood and School Age Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers are pleased to share online learning opportunities for families, school districts, and community partners in Mid-August through November 2021. Topics include Understanding IEPs, Positive Solutions for Challenging Behaviors, and more. Get the training schedule and register here.

Department Overview

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.

Department Contacts

Name/Title Email Contact For:
Kim Lybolt, Director lyboltk@hudsoncsd.org Student Services and Special Education questions
Joanne Lanuto, CSE/CPSE Chairperson lanutoj@hudsoncsd.org CSE/CPSE meeting specific questions
Mirela Dickason, CSE Secretary dickasona@hudsoncsd.org In-district school-aged student/staff questions
Tony Markham, CPSE and ODP Secretary markhama@hudsoncsd.org Preschool and Out-of-District student questions
Melissa McHugh, Student Services Secretary mchughm@hudsoncsd.org Billing, STAC, Medicaid questions
Katharine Vera, Bilingual School Psychologist verak@hudsoncsd.org Hudson High School
Eric Clark, School Psychologist clarke@hudsoncsd.org Hudson Junior High School
Kristin Plaia, School Psychologist plaiak@hudsoncsd.org Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Gr. 3-5
Jason Hanley, School Psychologist hanleyj@hudsoncsd.org Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Gr. 2-5
Kayla Lamb, School Psychologist lambk@hudsoncsd.org Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Gr. K-2

Find phone extensions for the above contacts in our district directory.




COVID-19 Information (2019-20)

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

Dear families,


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