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Special Education

The Levittown School District operates one of the most comprehensive special education programs in New York State serving the needs of over 1200 children with disabilities.

Many special education classes are housed within district school buildings, which allows our students full access to all services and facilities. When appropriate, a student may require services from BOCES or an out-of-district program.

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)
Pursuant to PL 99-457 and Section 4410 of the Educational Law, school districts are responsible for serving 3 and 4 year old children with disabilities. If you suspect that your youngster has a disability or are referred by your doctor or a preschool professional, please call (516) 434-7050.

For additional Information on preschool services, please click here.

Committee on Special Education (CSE)
The Committee on Special Education is responsible for evaluating and determining eligibility for all students referred to it to determine need for special education services. In addition, annual reviews are held for all students who are receiving special education services. The Committee on Special Education prepares the Individualized Education Programs for each student. If you suspect that your school age child has a disability, please contact the building psychologist to discuss the need for a referral.

For additional information on school age services, please click here.

Section 504
Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.

At the elementary and secondary school level, determining whether a child is a qualified disabled student under Section 504 begins with the evaluation process. Parents of students who have a disability but do not qualify for special education services under IDEA can request a Section 504 hearing by contacting the Section 504 coordinator in their child's school.

Additional questions or concerns can be addressed to Susan Farber (516) 434-7042, Assistant Director of Special Education or Debbie Rifkin (516) 434-7030, Title IX and 504 Compliance Officer.

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Academic Intervention Services
New York State mandates that students who are at risk of not achieving the state standards receive Academic Intervention Services. These services can consist of in-class monitoring, direct instruction by a certified reading teacher, or a variety of other support services.

For additional information on Academic Intervention Services, go to: http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/part100/pages/topics.html

For information on the State Learning Standards, go to: http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/standards.html

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Articulation Improvement Services
The Levittown School District provides articulation improvement services to students who are not classified and have at least three speech sounds that are misarticulated but should be correctly pronounced for the child's age. In addition, the child should not be able to imitate the sound correctly and it must be negatively impacting their education.

For additional information on articulation improvement services, please click here.

Parent Center
The Levittown Parent's Center is housed in the Special Education Office. The Center aims to build stronger, more successful families in which parents can better understand and manage challenges and concerns. Parents are provided with education, support and opportunities to discuss parenting issues and share ideas and experiences. Educational Resource materials are available. For more information, please contact Jordan Margolis at (516) 434-7044.

Continuum of Services

  • Related Services
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Speech-Language Services
    • Counseling Services
    • Hearing Itinerant Services
    • Vision Itinerant Services
  • Resource Room
  • Consultant Teacher
  • Integrated Co-Teaching
  • Special Class Programs

Please review the Support Services for more information.

All policies and description of programs are included in the Two-Year Plan for Special Education which is on file in the Office of Special Education for review.