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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

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WFMS 8th grader Zariel Macchia

It’s been quite the year for Zariel Macchia, an eighth-grade student-athlete from William Floyd Middle School, who runs for the high school girls varsity cross country team. In a three-week span, Zariel won the Suffolk County Division I girls cross country championship, the Suffolk County Class A girls cross country championship and was named the Suffolk County Female Runner of the Year!

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Suffolk County will be providing an opportunity for members of the local community to receive a COVID-19 vaccination this Saturday, May 8, from 9 am to 3 pm at William Floyd High School. Suffolk County will be providing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by appointment only to county residents ages 18 and over.

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On Wednesday, May 5 at 7 pm, William Floyd High School will be presenting a parent webinar focused on children’s mental health and well-being. This special presentation, “Supporting Your Child’s Social-Emotional Health During Uncertain Times,” will focus on supporting the mental health and well-being of students.