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Special Education

Mission

Central Valley Central School District strives to work collaboratively with parents, students and professional staff to ensure that students with disabilities are provided with the support and services needed to encourage the acquisition of the academic, social and vocational skills. Special education services are available to any qualified student with a mental, physical or emotional impairment that affects his or her educational performance. For school-age children, this may include autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, learning disability, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment (including blindness). For more information, please contact our office.

Early intervention

Although every child grows and develops at a different pace, there are tools that help determine whether a child is progressing or may need some extra help. A great resource is the Mid-State Early Childhood Direction Center. Their Developmental Checklist—Birth through Five offers a simple guide for monitoring a child’s motor, cognitive, language, and social emotional skills and identifying areas for concern. Central Valley CSD wants to work with you to ensure your child has the best possible start. We encourage you to explore the following links above. If you feel your child is experiencing developmental delays, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with your healthcare professional or our Director of Student Services, Lisa G. Hoffman at 315-574-3115 or lhoffman@cvalleycsd.org.

You may also contact the Herkimer County Early Intervening Coordinator at 315-867-1430.

Arc Herkimer to offer three workshops to assist caregivers of students with special needs

Arc Herkimer will offer three workshops:

  • Celebrate Calm: Ten Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect, and Yelling, 8-10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 at CVA, 111 Frederick St., Ilion or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Mt. Markham Central Schools, High School Auditorium, 500 Fairground Road, West Winfield
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Workshop, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. Oct. 19 & Fri. Oct. 20. at Arc Herkimer Training Center, 350 S. Washington St., Herkimer
  • Evidence Based Strategies for Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3 at Herkimer College’s Robert McLaughlin College Center, 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer

Learn more about the seminars.

Parent’s Guide to Special Education

Child Abuse Hotline Notification

  • If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/.

Additional information and resources