June 9, 2020, SI Live: New special ed school to open on Staten Island in September https://www.silive.com/news/2020/06/new-special-ed-school-to-open-on-staten-island-in-september.html STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A new special education school will open on Staten Island in September -- located at the former Our Lady Help of Christians School in Tottenville, which closed in June 2019. AHRC New York City will open the Staten Island Preparatory School for school-age and preschool students with autism and other disabilities for the 2020-2021 school year. It will be AHRC NYC’s seventh school across all five boroughs. “The New York State Department of Education approached us about an unmet need for additional seats for children with disabilities and autism,” said Christina Muccioli, vice president of education for AHRC NYC, in a news release. “After a two-year search, we identified a former parochial school, Our Lady Help of Christians, which unfortunately closed. ...”… Staten Island Prep will serve 94 students between the ages of 3 to 12 with educational programming designed to address the individual needs of students. All related services will be provided to students…. There will be two classes for preschool students with disabilities with a teacher ratio of 6:1:3 -- which is six students, one special education teacher, and three teacher aides or paraprofessionals. Nine classes will be for school-aged children between the ages of 5 to 12, with either a ratio of 8:1:3 (eight students, one special education teacher and three aides) or 10:1:2 (10 students, one special education teacher, and two aides). The school-age program for kids 5-12 is primarily focused on students with autism but is approved for children with other disabilities….
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.