Teresa Strum, Executive Director
The Special Education Division offers a comprehensive array of programs to meet the needs of disabled and non-disabled students. Students are placed in specific programs according to their individual academic capabilities and social/behavioral needs. Our fundamental goal is to create a stimulating and challenging learning environment which maximizes each child's potential.
Western Suffolk BOCES promotes achievement and success by providing our students with the opportunity to access the general education curriculum as well as to fully participate in the New York State Assessment Program
Within the Division, a continuum of services exists ranging from mainstream placement opportunities within the Alternative Learning Center Program through the comprehensive programs within the Special Education Centers.
Children are placed in BOCES special education programs at the direction of the local school district's Committee on Special Education. Programs described on this web site are intended to provide general information not to recruit students. If you suspect your child has a disability, call your local school district and ask to speak with the director of special education.
For information about curriculum guides, call Maureen Whitley at 631-425-9085.
The BOCES is committed to providing a safe and orderly educational environment where students receive and BOCES personnel deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. The BOCES is also committed to maintaining a climate of mutual respect and dignity in the schools to promote learning within a safe environment. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other BOCES personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving these goals.
BOCES is committed to provide training to all employees, including school and district administrators and instructional and non-instructional staff at least annually to ensure a proactive antibullying/harassment approach that stresses the prevention of incidents through education and enlightenment. This training will enable employees to prevent and respond to incidents of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying and serve to raise awareness and sensitivity to potential acts of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying directed at students that are committed by students or school employees on school property or at school functions; including but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, or gender.
The Western Suffolk BOCES Board has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property, at school functions, and while traveling to and from school and school events. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity.
Read the complete Code of Conduct of Western Suffolk BOCES.
Western Suffolk BOCES respects the privacy of personally identifiable information for all students and has developed a Parents Bill of Rights to address the privacy and security of student and teacher/principal data.