Parents and Guardians,
Due to the Commissioner's decision to delay the start of the school year, we have pushed back our parent information sessions to the dates below. Emails have been sent to all families of students with an Individualized Education Plan.
If you are not in receipt of the email with the Zoom links, you may contact your building principles or the Office of Student Services for the link.
Parent Information Sessions:
Director of Student Services, Melissa Fay and Out of District and Programs Coordinator, Kathleen Curry Beaulieu, along with select Special Education COVID Task Force Committee Members, will host an optional Zoom session to answer any questions parents may have about in-person sessions. Parents may choose to attend one of the following times.
Zoom invites to follow in email:
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:00 PM
The mission of the Office of Student Services is to minimize the impact of disabilities and challenges, and to maximize opportunities for all to participate.
Student Services include all aspects of student life that go beyond the provision of curriculum and instruction, including services in special education, English-learner education, protection of civil rights, community partnerships, preschool services, elementary and middle school guidance, nursing services, and education of homeless children.
Providing a continuum of services for all children that assures optimal access to all elements of school community life is central to all of our programs and services.
Special Education Information for Parents
A Parent’s Guide to Special Education: in collaboration with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, DESE previously created "A Parent's Guide to Special Education", a resource for parents and organizations that serve them. Now, DESE’s Office of Special Education Planning and Policy is excited to share the newly developed, online, interactive guide to complement the original. The interactive guide is in the form of an e-learning module. Both the original Parent Guide and the e-learning module highlight Massachusetts' special education systems, and both were designed for families who have children with disabilities. The e-learning module is accessible through DESE’s Special Education homepage or directly at http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/videos/parents-guide/index.html#/.
Click on any of the aboive links for additional information.