Special Education

Duanesburg School offers a continuum of Special Education services to all eligible students with specific disabilities. To register for a Special Education program or to access its services, a student must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The courses students with an IEP can take will be determined by the Pupil Service Team. For more information, students and parents/guardians can contact their school counselor.


The “504” in “504 plan” refers to the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs, or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling. “Disability” in this context refers to a “physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one of more major life activities.” This can include physical impairments; illnesses or injuries; communicable diseases; chronic conditions like asthma, allergies and diabetes; and learning problems. A 504 plan spells out the modifications and accommodations that will be needed for these students to have an opportunity to perform at the same level as their peers, and might include such things as wheelchair ramps, blood sugar monitoring, an extra set of textbooks, a peanut-free lunch environment, home instruction, or a tape recorder or keyboard for taking notes.

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a multi-tiered early prevention and intervention system designed to improve outcomes for all students. The District will provide multiple tiers of increasingly intensive levels of targeted intervention and instruction for those students who do not make satisfactory progress in their levels of performance and/or in their rate of learning to meet age or grade level standards. It is expected that use of the Tier Level instruction will be specific to each student’s needs and will be an ongoing process, with students entering and exiting tiers of intervention according to the analysis of student performance data and progress monitoring.