Staffing Crisis Strains Special Education Sector
[Source: Times Union]
Dylan Goering ended up at St. Colman’s Autism program in Watervliet as a last resort. The 12-year-old’s needs were too difficult for the tiny Green Island school district to handle and he was rejected by the local BOCES program for being aggressive.
St. Colman’s seemed like a good fit, his mother Amanda Nacco said. Dylan adored his teachers, aides and classmates, and his communication and behavioral skills improved. Then COVID-19 came along.
While other schools in the region have resumed full-day in-person learning five days a week, Dylan and his schoolmates have not had access to consistent services and full-time in-person instruction since the pandemic began in March 2020.
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