The Pupil Personnel Services Department administers Special Education, Homeless Education, Student Registration and other programs across the school district.
Director, Pupil Personnel Services
Pupil Services Office Manager
The Cairo-Durham Central School District is committed to providing high quality, research-based instruction to all students. For some students, a more intensive level of support may be appropriate. When a student qualifies for special education services, an individualized educational program (IEP) is developed to provide supports aimed at helping the student succeed in the least restrictive environment possible.
Information on qualifying for district special education programs, including related services and other programs, can be found in the district's Special Education Eligibility and Program Guide (PDF).
Click here for the New York State Education Department's guide to special education in New York State (PDF). The guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).
For additional help and resources, contact the Capital District's School Age Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) at 518-640-3320. FACE can assist you in understanding your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), questions about your Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting, navigating the Special Education system in New York State, exploring strategies for engaging with your child's school team, and more.
Special Education Child Find
Child Find refers to the process of locating, identifying and evaluating children with disabilities to ensure that they receive services to which they are entitled. Children and youth, ages three to 21, living in the Cairo Durham Central School District, who are suspected of having a disability, may be referred for a possible evaluation to determine if they are eligible for special education services. This includes district residents who may be home-schooled or are attending private school.
If you are aware of a preschool child, from ages three through five, or a school age student from five through 21 years old who may be in need of special education services, please the Office of Pupil Personnel Services, Douglas Morrissey, Director, at 518-622-0261.
Preschool Special Education
The purpose of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is to determine if a preschool-aged child between the ages of three through five is eligible for preschool special education services and to ensure that they receive the support necessary to prepare them to enter kindergarten. Click here to learn about the referral process.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act requires schools across the country to support students experiencing homelessness. Students living in insecure living environments may be eligible to receive services and accommodations to ensure stability in their education. Every registering family is asked to complete a housing questionnaire to assist in determining their homeless status. Already registered families are encouraged to notify either the Pupil Personnel Services Office or their school office if they believe they might meet the criteria of the McKinney-Vento Act.
Information on those criteria and homeless education in general can be found at www.NYSTEACHS.org.
The Director of Pupil Personnel Services oversees student registration for all district schools. Information on registering new students to the district can be found here.
The Director of Pupil Personnel Services also serves as the district's Medicaid Compliance Officer and 504 Accommodation Plan Compliance Officer.
Links & Resources
- Cairo-Durham Community Resource Guide
- Cairo-Durham Special Education Eligibility and Program Guide
- Cairo-Durham Special Education Continuum of Services and Learner Characteristics
- Cairo-Durham Central School District Special Education Plan 2021-2024
- New York State Education Department Proceddural Safeguards Notice: Families' due process rights in the special education process.
- NYS TEACHS: information for families experiencing homelessness
- Special Education in Plain Language
- Educacion Especial En Lenguaje Sencillo