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Special Education Services

Department Overview

Averill Park Central School District is responsible for providing special education services to all students who qualify for such support. These services are coordinated by the district’s Special Education and Support Services Department, which encompasses the district’s Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels. They also oversee the district’s counseling and mental health (social workers, school psychologists, school counselors) services for all students who attend schools within our school district.

More information about:


Special Education District Plan for 2022-2023

IEP Checklist for Families

Understanding the IEP for School-Age Students Resource Links

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Click here to find a presentation regarding Understanding the IEP Process for Parents of School-Age Students with a Disability.

Parent Information Nights


Training Offered Specifically for Families:

Parent/Child Executive Function Coaching Group

EC FACE Center – Calendar of Family Training Events:




Google Slide Presentation



Virtru’s Gmail encryption tool allows  to APCSD to protect and encrypt emails.  It’s end-to-end encryption that means emails will stay encrypted from the time they  are sent until it is received by the intended recipient. Neither Google, the recipient’s server, nor Virtru have access to your content.

Recipients do not need to install Virtru or create a new account to read your content.  This is what the tool looks like in Gmail:https://youtu.be/VO6YXTzA4YE?t=146″

Once you view your Virtru-protected message, you’ll have the option to reply and add your own attachments.



Thank you to the families that attended our Agency 101 presentation. Linked here please find the google slide show and resources we discussed.
Resource Links:



Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Institute Parent’s Center

The AAC Parents Google Group is a virtual community of parents of children who rely on AAC. Other participants may include family members, people who use AAC, and personal care attendants (PCAs). This is a community free from commercial and professional organization endorsements, opinions, policies, and procedures that place restrictions and limitations on access to assistive technology.


The links below are provided as a resource for additional information about autism.

Special Education Links




APCSD Agency 101
Graduation Pathways for Students with Disabilities

New York Office of Mental Health
New York State Office of Special Education
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Videos for Parents of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Special Education is sharing the following parent video series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home, recently published by two U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education funded centers, the TIES Center and the National Center on Educational Outcomes. The video series supports families in understanding the important role that they have in teaching their children. The series offers ideas for supporting the learning of children with significant cognitive disabilities at home. This information is being shared for informational purposes only and does not constitute NYSED endorsement. Please be aware that any links and/or websites provided may change. The information provided is true and complete to the best of our knowledge.

These four videos for parents of children with significant cognitive disabilities provide ideas for supporting the learning of reading and math at home:

School Delays & Closing

For any school delay, meetings scheduled before the start of school will be rescheduled. When school opens, meetings will be held as scheduled.

School Closed: all meetings are canceled and will be rescheduled

You will be notified of the new dates and times for all rescheduled meetings.

As part of its regular K-12 curriculum, the district supports an extensive program for students who have learning difficulties. There is also a comprehensive special education program for disabled students between the ages of 5 and 21.

To the greatest extent possible, Averill Park Central School District believes in educating children with disabilities within a normal school environment. Special programs are available to allow students to receive instruction tailored to their specific and unique needs.

The Special Education Department seeks to provide systematic aid to students with various types of problems – educational, vocational, health, social and personal. The Special Education Department is designed to supplement and complement the instructional and administrative aspects of the educational process, and are an integral part of this process. The Special Education staff consists of counselors, psychologists, nurses, resource teachers, speech therapists, and English as a second language, itinerant, home instruction, and bilingual teachers.

Through developmental, remedial, and preventive measures, pupil personnel staff members work with pupils, parents, and teachers to provide all students the most responsive educational program possible. Services are provided directly to pupils or indirectly through the parents, teachers, principals, or other community agencies.

CSE Office

Mailing Address:
Attention: CSE Office
333 NY 351
Averill Park, NY 12018

Phone:  518-674-7044
Fax: 518-674-3266

Camille Harrelson – Director of Special Education and Student Supports

Elizabeth Malone – Assistant Director of Special Education & Grade K-5 Chairperson

Jane Kaarstad – CSE Secretary 
Linda Hastings – 
CSE Secretary
Lexy Lynch – HS Psychologist & Chairperson (Gr. 9-12)

You are encouraged to contact this office with any questions that are not readily answered by this website. You may call the office between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Preschool CPSE Office

Mailing Address:
146 Gettle Rd Station #1
Averill Park, New York 12018
Phone:  518-674-7068
Fax:  518-674-3802
Karie Mancino, Preschool Secretary

Parent Members are needed. If interested, please contact the special education office or speak to the CSE Chairperson at your child’s annual review.