Special Education

  • Student Support
    The Special Education Department at Chester works with families and the staff to meet the needs of students through Part 200 of the Commissioner's Regulations and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). This ensures that all students receive a free and appropriate education (FAPE) in their least restrictive environment (LRE). Students may be eligible for services between the ages of 3 and 21. A Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE) determines if a student meets the criteria for special education services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 

    This office also oversees Section 504 for the district. Section 504 provides certain protections to students who may not qualify for special education. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that probits discrimination against people with handicaps, Section 504 regulation defines an individual with handicaps as any person who may

    1. have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limites one or more major life activities; or
    2. have a record of such an impairment; or
    3. be regarded as having such impairment.

    The key factor in determining whether a person is considered an "individual with handicaps" covered by Section 504 is whether the physical or mental impairment results in a substantial limitation of one or more of the person's major life activities. 

    If you have questions regarding eligibility, reach out to your child's school counselor or the Special Education Office.  

    Special Education Parent Guide
    Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3–21:  A Parent’s Guide
    English - PDF download available

    Educación Especial en el Estado de Nueva York para niños de 3 a 21 Años
    Guía para los padres

    Spanish - PDF download available  

    Procedural Safeguards Notice


Preschool Forms

Contact Info

  • Chester UFSD
    64 Hambletonian Avenue
    Chester, NY 10918
    Phone: 845-469-2231, ext. 6
    Fax: 845-469-6779 

    Rachel Loftus
    Assistant Superintendent, Pupil Personnel Services & Human Resources
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    Donna Hart
    Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent 
    845-469-2231,  ext. 3750
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    Deirdre Spalthoff
    Typist to the Assistant Superintendent
    845-469-2231,  ext. 3317
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