Accurate as of September 4, 2020
The Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education is the premier provider of special education services in the region, delivering individualized instruction to over 2,060 students at 10 Nassau BOCES special education schools throughout the county. Offering diversified special education programs to prepare students with moderate or severe learning, emotional, behavioral, physical, vision, hearing, developmental, and all other disability categories for college and career readiness, adult services and supported employment are offered in a caring, supportive, student-centered environment that empowers every student to reach their maximum potential.
Reopening Mandatory Requirements
Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE)
Nassau BOCES ensures all school schedules (i.e., in-person, remote, and/or hybrid) provide students identified with disabilities a free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent/with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education and services. Across all instructional models, students are provided a curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards, specialized instruction and related services as required to meet the individual students’ needs based on their Individual Education Programs (IEP). Nassau BOCES staff coordinate with the CPSE/CSE of the student’s home district and parents to develop the student’s IEP goals. Instructional and technology supports are provided to prepare students for transition to post-secondary living, working and learning. Instruction and services are provided in an environment that is safe and prioritizes the physical, social and emotional health of all students.
Documentation of Services
Nassau BOCES documents the programs and services offered and provided to students with disabilities as well as communications with parents by providing program-specific informational handbooks and program descriptions on the Nassau BOCES website.
Provisions of Services
Nassau BOCES provides meaningful parent engagement in the parents’ preferred language or mode of communication regarding the provision of services to his/her child to meet the requirements of the IDEA by coordinating with the student’s home school district CSE to provide parent notices pertaining to the IEP process and the student’s program in their preferred languages.
Preschool Special Education & Committees on Special Education
Nassau BOCES ensures collaboration between the committees on preschool special education (CPSE) and committees on special education (CSE) and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served to ensure there is an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on/individualized education programs/(IEPs), plans for monitoring and communicating student progress, and commitment to sharing resources. In coordination with the student’s home district, the CSE/CPSE meeting may be held in-person or remotely using a videoconferencing platform to accommodate the parent's request.
Accommodations, Modifications, Supplementary & Technology Aids/Services
Nassau BOCES ensures students have access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and technology (including assistive technology) to meet the unique disability related needs of students as indicated on the Individualized Education Program. Nassau BOCES complies with NYSED guidance related to the accommodations that are permissible on New York State Assessments.