As the school year has progressed, personnel within Student Services have been busy refining procedures, making recommendations for the 2017/2018 SY budget, writing and submitting grants and starting to organize information for the DESE Coordinated Program Review Self- Assessment.
One of the first changes/additions this year was that parents will now receive a “N1 Notice of Proposed Action” letter with all “N1A Evaluation Request” forms explaining the district’s intent and reason for the evaluation request. In order to comply with regulations, new also, is page 2 of the Evaluation Request form, which asks parents to specify the language, if not English, forms/documents should be translated into, as well as the need for an interpreter at any meetings. This information will be entered into Esped, the IEP online database.
What is the primary language of your home? What language does your child speak?
Do you need an interpreter? Yes ☐ No ☐
Do you need documents translated? Yes ☐ No ☐ If yes, What language?
The second initiative this fall was the offering of “Child Find” screening for children 2.9-5.0 years of age who are not currently receiving services or attending the district’s preschool program. Parents who may have concerns regarding their child’s development can call and speak to Ms. Meg Nelson at Memorial School (508-359-5135 ext. 5019) and schedule a screening appointment. The next screening will be Monday, March 6 from 9-11:00 am. One child screening was completed at the first screening date on December 5.
Recommendations from ELL teachers, special education coordinators and the interim student services director were presented to the Superintendent and Director of Finance and Operations for the 2017/2018 SY budget. In order to continue to strengthen the department, both ELL and special education requests for additional staffing were recommended.