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THE SEPTO MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022, HAS BEEN CANCELED. Please click here for a full list of future SEPTO meeting dates and other information. 

Special Education Department

The Special Education Department is committed to ensuring that special education remains a service to those who need additional supports and never becomes a place where our students feel isolated or excluded from opportunities within our school’s community. The goal of the William Floyd Special Education Department is to promote every student’s academic, physical, social and emotional growth in a safe, nurturing environment, as well as providing students with an opportunity to develop all facets of their character to the fullest potential.

The Office of Special Education supports a full range of services to all children, ages 3 to 21, who display a need for instructional and behavioral modifications and supports in their academic settings. These students have been identified and evaluated in accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act; PL.94‐142). The Special Education Department will only offer these supports after general education interventions have proven unsuccessful. When students are displaying acute difficulty in school, despite attempts at remediation through research based early intervention services, school personnel or parents can submit a request for an evaluation to the building principal or directly to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) via our office.

Parents and early childhood educators who are concerned with a preschooler’s development should review the information provided on our website on developmental milestones. After reviewing this information, if a concern is still present, a request for evaluation can be presented to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) via our office. Upon the receipt of a recommendation from an educator or referral by a parent, the Special Education Office will contact parents to get their consent prior to conducting any evaluations, under guidelines of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or the Committee on Special Education (CSE). These evaluations will include any procedures, tests, assessments, or observations given to determine whether the student has an educational disability and is eligible for special education and/or related services. Recommendations from these evaluations may or may not include classification of the child as a student with a disability.

All parents should review the Parents Guide to Special Education, Procedural Safeguards, Informed Consent and other helpful information, which are provided on our website. If additional information on programs or other opportunities that are available to our students is needed please contact your child’s home school or the Special Education Office at (631) 874‐1133 for assistance.

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Special Education Department 
Office of Special Education 

(631) 874-1133
Office Fax Number 
(631) 874 1550

Director of Special Education 
Dr. Malasia Walker (631) 874-1133

Asst. Director of Special Education (Elementary) 
Ravi Seeram (631) 874-1133

Asst. Director of Special Education (Secondary) 
Michele Manion (631) 874-1133

Transition Coordinator 
Wendie Der (631) 874-1980

Suggestions, questions or concerns please email the Special Education Department @  sequestions@wfsd.k12.ny.us

Transition Resources

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Transition Website

District News

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The New York State mask mandate to have masks in schools is back in effect after an appellate division judge temporarily suspended or stayed, a previous decision ruling it unconstitutional due to the way it was instituted. As a result of this appellate court ruling, the mask mandate is back in effect for students and staff beginning on Wednesday, January 26.

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The charts included will reflect the number of daily positive COVID-19 cases for the William Floyd School District. These charts will be updated on a daily basis when school is in session; the same figures are available at the NYS COVID Report Card link.

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William Floyd High School senior Kellie Tang, one of eight student-musicians selected as New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State for this school year, recently had the opportunity to perform in the piano showcase at last month’s All-State festival, a prestigious honor and the first for a William Floyd student in district history. Kellie was just one of 12 selected out of 95 applicants from across the state.