Special Education/IEP Information

Contact Information

Alison Libfeld

Special Education Coordinator

ALibfeld@schools.nyc.gov

Jessica Lugo

School Psychologist

JLugo8@schools.nyc.gov

Sarah Berkowitz

Social Worker

SBerkowitz@schools.nyc.gov

Linda Apple 

Speech and Language Therapist

LApple@schools.nyc.gov

Leslie Zimmer

Speech and Language Therapist

LZimmer4@schools.nyc.gov

Katherine Starr

Occupational Therapist

KStarr3@schools.nyc.gov 

Kara Uleman

Occupational Therapist

KUleman@schools.nyc.gov 

Pam Diamond

Physical Therapist

PDiamond@schools.nyc.gov

Luz Marte-Grapatin

Bilingual Guidance Counselor

LGrapatin@schools.nyc.gov 

Nichole Naranjo

Hearing Education Services Teacher

NNaranjo2@schools.nyc.gov 

Veronica Doherty

SETSS Teacher

VDohert@schools.nyc.gov 

Fran Hage

Intervention Teacher 

FHage@schools.nyc.gov 

Special Education Information for 2020-2021 School Year

All of the information posted below has been emailed to parents of students with IEPs by Alison Libfeld.

If you have not received emails from Alison please email her at ALibfeld@schools.nyc.gov to be added to the distribution list. 

 

Update - Tuesday, 11/17/2020 - Re: IEP Meetings

The information detailed below is in accordance with the guidance the NYC DOE has provided regarding IEP meetings. I say this so you know that many of these determinations were not made by myself/P.S. 24.

General Information:

  • All IEP meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams or Google Meet either virtually or via phone call. (It is up to you, the parent, which mode you prefer - virtually/by phone.)
  • All IEP meetings will be held daily from 8:00-8:30am.
  • All teachers (in-person, hybrid and remote) will attend IEP meetings for their students.
  • Related service providers will not attend IEP meetings for their students this year unless their presence is deemed necessary.
    • Please know:
      • They are not (and have never been) required IEP meeting attendees.
      • This is being in part to avoid providers missing sessions every day due to attending IEP meetings. (As a school we typically hold 5 IEP meetings a week.)
  • After the IEP meeting you will receive a copy of the finalized IEP and PWN via email.

In Annual IEP Cases:

  • Your child's teacher will coordinate the date of the IEP meeting with you.
  • Once the date is confirmed you will receive via email a PDF of the Notice of IEP meeting from your child's teacher.
  • By the Friday of the week before your child's IEP meeting, you will receive information from your child's related service provider(s) (if applicable) via email about your child's progress, new goals, etc. All providers will follow the same template. In their email to you, they will indicate days and times they are available to speak about the information shared and any questions you may have in advance of the meeting.

In 3-Year Mandated Reevaluation IEP Cases:

  • Our school psychologist, Jessica Lugo, will coordinate the date of the IEP meeting with you.
  • Once the date is confirmed you will receive via email a PDF of the Notice of IEP meeting from Jessica.
  • Related Service Providers are required to complete Progress Notes for these cases. You will receive these Notes and any other assessments, evaluations, observations, etc. completed, from Jessica Lugo via email in advance of the IEP meeting (as always).

 

Update - Tuesday, 11/3/2020 - Re: IEP Progress Reports

At the beginning of last week, the New York City Department of Education released the grading policy for this school year. Then, on Wednesday, October 28, the School Leadership Team at P.S. 24 met to review the policy. At this meeting, the Team (comprised of parents, staff, and administration) decided that all students will receive the grade of "NL" (null-limited) for every overall and sub-component grade in all content areas for the first marking period. The DOE has allowed this designation if a teacher feels that they have insufficient data to provide an accurate grade. Therefore, to ensure that every student is only given a grade that represents their learning and understanding, all students will be given the grade of "NL" for this marking period. The Team also felt that feedback and next steps were more important than a numeric grade.

As a result, and in alignment with this determination, all students on their IEP Progress Reports will receive the indication of "not applicable during this grading period" as their measurement of progress for each goal (academic and related services). It will be indicated that "more time is needed" to work on and assess the progress of each goal. Nonetheless, at your conferences with teachers and providers, you will still be provided with feedback and next steps regarding your child's progress. I understand that this is not ideal, and I apologize for that. It is important to remember that the start of the school year was delayed. Remote instruction began on September 16 and in-person learning did not begin until September 29. In-person instruction (and parts of remote instruction) were further impacted by the 14-day school closure. 

Afternoon conferences on Thursday, 11/5, will run 12:20-2:20pm. Evening conferences will run 4:30-7:30pm. You should have a scheduled conference with your child's teachers during one of these times, or another agreed upon day and time. If you would like to meet with your child's related service provider(s) and have not yet set up an appointment, please email them to do so. Included below are all of our provider's email addresses for your convenience.

 

Update - Sunday, 10/18/2020 - Re: New Special Education Guidance (PAD, RAD, Special Education Evaluations) and Related Services/SETSS Schedules

Most of what is written below I have pulled from the parent facing DOE website. However, I have also inserted information specific to PS 24 in each section. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Program Adaptations Document (PAD) 

  • The Special Education Program Adaptations Document (PAD) for Blended and Remote Learning documents how the major elements of a student's special education program on their IEP will be implemented during blended and remote learning, including any adaptations specific to the student. 
  • A PAD is required for every student with a Special Education Program. Special Education Programs consist of Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), Integrated Co-Teaching Services and Small Class Services. Students that only receive related services do not receive a PAD.
  • The PAD is a living document and can be revisited at any point based on how the child is responding to blended or remote learning, and at the parent’s request.
  • At this point, all parents/families of students that require PADs have been contacted by their child’s special education teacher and have discussed, reviewed, and received a copy of their child’s PAD.

Related Services Adaptation Document (RAD)

  • The Related Services Adaptations Document (RAD) indicates how a student’s related services on their IEP will be implemented during blended and remote learning. 
  • A RAD is required for every student that receives related services. 
  • A separate RAD is required for each service a child receives. For example, if your child receives Speech-Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy, you will receive two RADs, one for each service.
  • DOE policy regarding Provision of Related Services During Blended and Remote Learning states that related service IEP recommendations will be offered in full to the greatest extent possible.
  • At this point, all parents/families of students that require RADs have been contacted by their child’s provider(s) and have discussed and reviewed their child’s RAD. I will email all RADs to families. This way you will not receive several different emails from your child’s different providers. I will send you one email with all RADs attached for your convenience.

Special Education Evaluations:

  • (Including for students that are due for their three-year mandated reevaluation)
  • If a psychoeducational assessment is deemed necessary for a student, according to DOE guidance, the primary means to conduct a psychoeducational assessment will be through a comprehensive data-driven assessment (CDDA).
    • A CDDA is a flexible form of assessment using developmental history, review of existing data, web-based rating scales, student pre-assessment forms, response to intervention data, information gathered from consultation with teachers and parents, and through socially distanced or remote classroom observations and clinical interviews, if needed. All components are completed remotely.
  • If a face-to-face assessment is deemed necessary after the completion of a CDDA, subsequent targeted face-to-face assessments may be conducted following the Health and Safety Guidance for Assessments.

Related Services/SETSS Schedules

  • All related services and SETSS schedules have been set (for now). We created (as we do every year internally), a “Program Card” for each student with an IEP.
  • Attached is a sample of a Program Card. All teachers and providers have access to their corresponding student’s Program Cards. In-person teachers (as always) have been instructed to ensure that if they are pulling a small group, it should not occur during one of their student's scheduled sessions.
  • Remote teachers have been instructed that students and families should not have to choose between live instruction provided by their teacher and a related service they require (i.e., a live lesson and service session scheduled at the same day and time). As a result, teacher instructional schedules have started to shift and will continue to shift to accommodate all students equitably.
  • If you would like a copy of your child’s “Program Card” please request it from your child’s teacher.

NYC DOE General Information about Special Education

Family Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age Children:  Family Guide to Special Education Services.pdf 

Special Education Continuum of Services, Programs and Placements:  Special Education Continuum.pdf 

Special Education Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOPM):  Click Here

Special Education Homepage:  Click Here

Special Education in Blended and Remote Settings:  Click Here

Special Education Learn at Home Resources:  Click Here