I hope this note finds you well and that you are all enjoying your summer. The Student Services department has been very busy this summer, and as I indicated when I wrote to you last month, our main focus has been staffing. While we had several positions to fill within our department, I’m happy to share with you that at this point, we have hired just about all of our professional level staff. I am also pleased to report how excited I am that we were able to find such strong educators to join our community. I know you will join me in welcoming them all to Medfield!
Welcome to Student Services!
Gina Da Lan, Interim Director of Student Services
459 Main Street, Third Floor
Medfield, MA 02052
Phone: (508) 359-7135
Fax: (508) 359-9829
Student Services encompasses the following departments - Special Education, School Health Services, and School Guidance Departments.
What is Special Education?
Special education is specially designed instruction and related services that meet the unique needs of an eligible student with a disability or a specific service need. This specially designed instruction is necessary to allow the student with a disability to access the general curriculum. The purpose of special education is to allow the student to successfully develop his or her individual educational potential. (From the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Federation for Children with Special Needs)
What services are provided?
Medfield Public Schools may provide the following services based on a student’s disability.
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Social/Emotional (Psychological)
- Physical Therapy
How do I refer my child for special education?
Referrals need to be made in writing to the Director of Pupil Services or the building principal. Included in the referral should be:
Click here for the SEPAC website.
The purpose of the Medfield SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is to work for the understanding of, respect for and support of, all children with special needs in the community. To that end and pursuant to 603 CMR 28.07(4), the Medfield SEPAC shall:
- Advise the school district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities and meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district special education programs (Section 3 Chapter 71B).
- Promote a network of parents of children with special needs and provide a forum to share information, and discuss matters of common concern and interest.
- Promote communication among families with special needs students and the Medfield Public Schools.
- Provide informational forums to parents, students, educators and other professionals involved with children with special needs.
- Promote communications and programs within the community to encourage understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of children with special needs.
- Communicate with local, state, and national organizations, as well as councils/groups that support children with special needs.