Welcome to Student Services!

Kathy Gaudreau, Interim Director of Student Services

Irina Safina, Secretary
Kim Mitchell, Secretary

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.

Student Services update: January 17, 2017

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.

Preschool Screening Information

In accordance with the MA Special Education Law, Medfield Public Schools will conduct “child find” screenings of children ages 2 years, 9 months up to 5 years old throughout the school year at Memorial School. Please call Meg Nelson, Preschool Special Education Team Chairperson at 508-359-5135 ext. 5019 for more information about the screenings and/or to schedule an appointment for your child.

The following are the screening dates for the 2016 - 17 school year:

  • Monday, December 5, 2016 (9 - 11 am)
  • Monday, March 6, 2017 (9 - 11 am)
  • Monday, May 8, 2017 (9 - 11 am)

Family Engagement Survey 2016-2017

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in response to federal special education requirements, selects school districts across the Commonwealth to survey families of students with disabilities who have a current IEP. The survey results are administered by DESE and are used to determine the effectiveness of the school’s and IEP team’s communication with you as parents and guardians, and their work in promoting your engagement and participation in your child’s education.

Medfield is participating in this process, “Indicator 8, the Family Engagement Survey,” this school year.  Please see this flyer that explains the survey in more detail.

September 1, 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a new school year! We hope you and your child have had a great summer. 

There have been a few exciting changes to the special education department that we would like to share with you. As you know Matt Lacava has moved on to a new district. Kathy Gaudreau will be assuming the role of Interim Director of Student Services for the 2016/2017 school year. Kathy retired from Dedham Schools a year ago where she had been Director of Special Education for seven years. 

The structure of the administrative roles has also changed. Melissa Devine will be the special education coordinator for the preschool and the ACCESS programs, as well as the behavior specialist. Nancy Giammarco will continue in the role of special education coordinator for grades K-5 . Cori Jacomme will assume the secondary special education coordinator role for grades 6-12.

Coordinators’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to the oversight of all building special education services and supervision of special education staff. The team chair position remains at the High School (Heidi Black) and the Preschool .5 (Meg Nelson). Their responsibilities include scheduling and chairing Team meetings, finalizing IEP’s, and monitoring the day-to-day implementation of IEP services. A copy of the Special Education organizational chart is attached to this letter.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

  • Learning/Academic
  • Speech/Language
  • 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:

SEPAC

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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.

Web Resources

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