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Special Education

Special education in the Elmira City School District is designed to provide specially designed services and programs that meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.


Our goal is to provide services to students in the least restrictive environment, whether that is in an inclusive setting in a general education classroom or in a self-contained or BOCES program. Support services are also available to eligible students.

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) makes recommendations about appropriate special education services and programs for students with disabilities. The committee must ensure that each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) enables him or her to progress as far as possible in the general education curriculum. Parents and teachers provide valuable information to assist the committee in making decisions about a child's strengths, appropriate programs and services, and placement to meet the child's unique needs.

If a child is referred to special education, his or her parent automatically becomes a member of the CSE.

If you suspect your child has a disability, please contact your building principal to discuss the process of making a CSE referral.

For more information, please contact Joyce Carr, Special Education supervisor, at 735-3085.


The CPSE office is in the Administration Building

The district office for the Committee for Preschool Special Education is on the second floor of the District Administration Building at 951 Hoffman Street, Elmira. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Parents who are concerned about the development of their preschool age child (ages 3-5) may refer their child to Elmira City School District Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to request an evaluation.  The CPSE determines the eligibility and authorization of special education services.
Services that are offered include  Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and other services for special needs.

Please contact Lea Tryon, CPSE/CSE Chairperson  with any questions or concerns that you might have regarding your child‘s special needs at 607-735-3051 or Linda Johnson, CPSE/CSE Secretary at 607-735-3036.


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Parents sought for CSE Committee

The Elmira school district is recruiting parents of students with special needs who live in the school district to serve as representatives on the Committee on Special Education.

Parent reps attend CSE meetings and help other parents understand the proceedings and services being discussed or offered. This is an excellent opportunity to help parents who are new to the CSE process.
If you are interested in volunteering as a parent rep, please call 735-3082.


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