Out of School Suspension Educational Program

Established in 2007, the district’s Out of School Suspension Educational Program (OSSEP) was designed to provide academic support to students who are suspended from Amsterdam High School or Lynch Literacy Academy. 

This full-day academic program — which includes breakfast, lunch and busing services — is run at Amsterdam High School.

Telephone: (518) 843-4932 x 1302


About Us

The purpose of OSSEP is to ensure students continue to receive their education seamlessly, even though they are no longer able to receive it in their assigned school. 

OSSEP staff gathers the students’ current academic assignments from their teachers on a daily basis. While at OSSEP, the students complete their assigned work and academic help is provided by a licensed teacher, with the help of a certified teaching assistant. Once the student has completed the assigned work, the work is then returned to the regular classroom teacher. 

Not only are students given the guidance to continue their academic growth, but while in OSSEP, they are given the tools they need to successfully return to their classroom, participate in their education and engage in positive social interactions once their suspensions are over. 

Students in the program have access to counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, guidance counselors and the full array of services offered at either the high school or the middle school. 

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m. every regular school day throughout the year. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and busing is also available.

 Food Services

Breakfast and lunch are provided to students enrolled in OSSEP. 

Breakfast consists of both hot and cold choices, including: muffins, waffles, pancakes, cereal, fresh fruit, milk and juice.

Lunch choices include standard daily selections of: cheese pizza; pepperoni pizza; cheeseburgers; chicken sandwiches; peanut butter & jelly sandwiches; turkey deli wraps; ham deli wraps; hot dogs; turkey subs; ham subs; chef salads; yogurt parfaits with granola; and a rotating selection of tacos, grilled cheese, buffalo chicken, fajitas and chicken parmesan sandwiches. All lunch selections include fruit,vegetables and milk.


OSSEP offers students both morning and afternoon busing services. Listed below are the bus stops and approximate pick-up times. Please note that all students should arrive at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time. 

Bus 408

  • 8:05 a.m. Clizbe Ave. @ Northern Blvd (In Dollar Store Parking Lot )
  • 8:15 a.m. East Main St. @ Schuyler St.
  • 8:16 a.m. East Main St. @ Vrooman Ave.
  • 8:20 a.m. Chapman Drive
  • 8:25 a.m. Church St @ Fourth Ave (In Empty Lot Next To Dunkin Donuts)

Bus 341

  • 8:00 a.m. Florida Ave. @ Bridge St.
  • 8:10 a.m. Bunn St. @ Chestnut St.
  • 8:18 a.m. Guy Park Ave. @ Bayard St.
  • 8:20 a.m. Guy Park Ave. @ Caroline St.