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  • State Review

    P.S. 255 Has Been Selected  to Participate in
    a State Review for Special Education
    February 2, 2016
    Dear Parents/Guardians:
    The New York State Education Department: Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in P.S. 255 during the 2015-2016 school year.  The purpose of this review is to assess the district’s compliance with selected Federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

    The review will be conducted by the SEQA for the New York City Regional Office.  The review process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and surveys.  In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA for the New York City Regional Office at 718-722-4544 and/or by contacting P.S. 255 at 718-376-8494 ext. 1.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly McCann
    Principal

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  • School Survey

    TAKE THE 2015 - 2016 NYC SCHOOL SURVEY!
    EVERY YEAR, ALL PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12 TAKE THE NYC SCHOOL SURVEY. THE SURVEY RANKS AMONG THE LARGEST SURVEYS OF ANY KIND EVER CONDUCTED NATIONALLY.
    THE SURVEY HELPS SCHOOL LEADERS UNDERSTAND WHAT KEY MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAY ABOUT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT EACH SCHOOL. THE INFORMATION CAPTURED BY THE SURVEY IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT A DIALOGUE AMONG ALL MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THE SCHOOL A BETTER PLACE TO LEARN.

    PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR SURVEY BY FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST.
    IF YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR PAPER SURVEY, PLEASE CALL THE SURVEY HOTLINE AT 1-800-690-8603.
    IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP, PLEASE SEE
    BETH ROCCO, YOUR PARENT COORDINATOR
    OR CALL: 718-376-8494 EXT. 1
    YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    PARENTS - TAKE THE SCHOOL SURVEY IN ENGLISH OR CHOOSE ANOTHER LANGUAGE BELOW.
    Take the 2016 NYC School Survey online. The survey is available in all 9 languages.

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Adaptive Physical Education (A.P.E.)

What is Adapted Physical Education? 

In New York State, all elementary and secondary students must receive physical education as a part of their educational program. The federal law Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA enacted by Congress in 1975) entitles all students with Disabilities to receive a free, appropriate public education, including appropriate physical education. Adapted physical education (APE) is vitally important to the quality of life for students with disabilities. 

The Adapted Physical Education program is developmentally appropriate physical education. It is adapting, modifying, and/or changing a physical activity so it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability. We are providing numerous ways that some sports and activities can be modified and/or changed. The goal is to have an activity where ALL students can fully participate in Physical Education. Change the word "adapted" to "differentiated" and you have the idea of Adapted Physical Education. It is GOOD teaching which differentiates the curriculum, task, equipment, and/or environment as appropriate for each child, so ALL students can successfully learn and participate in physical education. 

Federal law mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities and defines Physical Education as the development of: 

 

  • physical and motor skills
  • fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc)
  • skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports)

Adapted Physical Education National Standards
Adapted Physical Education FAQ's - Non D75 Schools
Adapted Physical Education: NYS Regulations


General Adaptation Suggestions 

Equipment: 
Larger/lighter bat 
Use of velcro 
Larger goal/target 
Mark positions on playing field 
Lower goal/target 
Scoops for catching 
Vary balls (size, weight, color, texture) 

Rules Prompts, Cues: 
Demonstrate/model activity 
Partner assisted 
Disregard time limits 
Oral prompt 
More space between students 
Eliminate outs/strike-outs 
Allow ball to remain stationary 
Allow batter to sit in chair 
Place student with disability near teacher 

Boundary/Playing Field: 
Decrease distance 
Use well-defined boundaries 
Simplify patterns 
Adapt playing area (smaller, obstacles removed) 

Actions: 
Change locomotor patterns 
Modify grasps 
Modify body positions 
Reduce number of actions 
Use different body parts 

Time: 
Vary the tempo 
Slow the activity pace 
Lengthen the time 
Shorten the time 
Provide frequent rest periods