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The Valley Stream District Twenty-four Special Education Department is dedicated to providing the supports and services necessary to ensure the needs of all students with disabilities are met.  We are committed to following the regulations set forth by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  In order to serve all of our students, the District has developed a wide range of programs and services to educate our students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. These programs and services include resource room, integrated co-teaching classes, special classes, counseling, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.  By providing these services, we can ensure each student receives a free and appropriate public education.
The Special Education Department works throughout the year to meet the needs of the students with disabilities through their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  Support is provided for eligible students beginning at age three through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).  We work with the Nassau County Department of Health to provide programs and services for children ages three through five who qualify under the CPSE regulations.  When a student is of school age (turning five) they can transition to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and continue to receive support from the Special Education Department, if eligible, through 6th grade graduation.  If the student is still eligible at that time, the Valley Stream District 24 team meets with the Valley Stream Central High School District team to ensure a smooth transition of services and support.
The Committee on Special Education (CSE) or the Committee on Pre-school Special Education (CPSE) meets at least annually to review a student's progress towards his or her IEP goals.  Using information on his or her progress and present levels of performance, the Committee will determine if the student still qualifies as a student with a disability, and if so, review the student’s needs, creating new goals to continue the progress.  Once eligibility and needs are reestablished, the Committee determines what program and services are required to meet the IEP goals in the least restrictive environment.  For some students with disabilities, a regular education program with support services may be the most appropriate level of support.  For others, a special class program may be the most appropriate level of support. 
While we are a kindergarten through 6th grade district, our programs were created to support the district's mission "to create a learning environment that challenges each student to become a self-sufficient, cooperative, responsible, and contributing member of a global society and encourages each to achieve his/her highest potential.”  We want to assure that all students exit our programs with the ability to, as independently as possible, be an integral and productive member of their community. 

Welcome to the Valley Stream District Twenty-four
Special Education Department

Ms. Laura M. Peterson
Director of  Pupil Services
Phone:  (516) 434-2870
Fax:  (516) 791-0932
Email:  lpeterson@vs24.org