As the Board of Education addresses a revision to its policy on individualized education program diplomas for the Great Neck School District, a second public reading revealed some changes in the initial proposal. The chair of the policy committee, Trustee Susan Healy, said that “some language has been restored that underscores the district’s commitment to ensuring all students access to opportunities to earn a high school diploma, as well as a full a range of curricular and extracurricular activities.”
Healy explained that this revision addresses recent changes to state regulations that have modified the options for students with disabilities to earn a diploma. New credentials have been developed to ensure that all students are college-ready and career-ready when they graduate from high school.
The district’s Committee on Special Education will work with students to that end, and all “appropriate” opportunities will be provided.
In addition, the school district will encourage students with disabilities to work toward completing the requirements for a Regents diploma. Students with disabilities may also work towards completing the requirements for a local diploma. A local diploma may be earned by meeting the standard set forth in state regulations.
Under this newly revised policy, there is also the possibility for a student with a disability, but not a severe disability, to earn a New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS). This CDOS may be in addition to or instead of a high school diploma. A student with a severe disability may be issued a skills and achievement credential.
A third hearing will be held at the next public action meeting, on Monday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., at Great Neck South High School.