Special Education

Special Education & PPS Department


The Office of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services coordinates specialized services throughout the district. The process of educating children with different interests and abilities or special problems is a diverse task.

It is our practice that each special education student be educated in the least restrictive environment. Every student needing special education programming/services must be provided such services with minimal displacement from his/her regular classroom situation. For example, students will not be placed in special education classes if their needs can be adequately met through the provision of support services within the mainstream.

The Office of Pupil Personnel Services provides a full range of services to all children ages 3 to 21 who have been identified and evaluated in accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act; PL.94-142). 

For information about services for students with disabilities, contact:

Dr. Angela Austin
Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Service 

 aaustin@centralislip.k12.ny.us

Phone: 631-348-5125
Fax: 631-234-7655




Assistant Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services 
 
Ms. Kim Braun:  631-348-5000  Ext. 1043  

kbraun@centralislip.k12.ny.us

Ms. Renee Dash:  631-348-5000  Ext. 1042

rdash@centralislip.k12.ny.us

Dr. Tanesha Hunter: 631-348-5000 Ext. 1044

thunter@centralislip.k12.ny.us

 Ms. Lauren Seaton: 631-348-5000 Ext. 1041

lseaton@centralislip.k12.ny.us

  

Special Education Child Find:

The Special Education Programs in the Central Islip School District offer a full complement of services designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Programs in Special Education are available to students who have been recommended for services by the district’s CPSE/CSE. If you suspect your preschool child (ages 3-5) may have a disability, please call the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE). If you suspect your school-age child (5-21) may have a disability, please call the Committee on Special Education (CSE).


Response to Intervention (RTI):

If you suspect your child is having academic difficulty due to a possible disability and/or a learning difficulty, the best place to begin is with your child's teacher. RTI services may be made available to students who are not currently identified as needing special education and/or related services, but those who need additional supports or positive interventions related to their behavior in order to succeed in a general education classroom. These services are to be individualized and grounded in scientific strategies.