Special Education and Student Services Department

  • Welcome to the Department of Student Services and Special Education. Our goal is to support students to become successful independent learners regardless of the challenges they face. A usable definition for the role of special education comes from Dr. Thomas Hehir in his book, "New Directions in Special Education:".... to minimize the impact of disability and maximize the opportunities for children with disabilities to paticipate in general education in their natural community ... with special education serving as a vehicle to access and addressing specific needs that arise out of children with disabilities." (p.49).


    The Monomoy Regional School District (Chatham and Harwich) Child Find procedures which are mandated by state and federal law. In accordance with Federal law IDEA (formerly PL 94-142) the Monomoy Regional School District  provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of children who are attending public schools as well as to support children who are attending private school at private expense and whose parents reside in the Monomoy District. A screening and/or evaluation is provided to children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in a regular education program due to a suspected disability consisting of a developmental delay, intellectual, sensory (hearing, vision, deaf/blind), neurological, emotional, communication, physical, specific learning disability, multiple or health impairment.

    The Monomoy Regional Schools are committed to locating children before their third birthday in order to provide services for 3- and 4-year-olds who may be eligible for special education. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development, please call Cathy Karras at Harwich Elementary School at (508) 430-7216 or Melissa Maguire, Director of Student Services, at (508) 945-5132.

    Additionally, if you are aware of any unaccompanied youth or any homeless families with school age children, please contact me as the Homeless Coordinator for Monomoy Regional School District at (508) 945-5130. The best resource for the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act is www.doe.mass.edu\mv\.

    Finally, should you or parents from our community have any questions about special education services I encourage you to contact me. In addition, I would be happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have.

    If you believe that your child at any age should be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services, you will need to request an evaluation at your neighborhood school. Include your child’s name, address, and date of birth, telephone number a of student servicesnd a brief description of your concerns to the principal of your local school. The Monomoy Regional Schools’ Directory is provided below:

    Chatham Elementary School: (508) 945-5135

    Harwich Elementary School: (508) 430-7216

    Monomoy Regional Middle School: (508) 945-5140

    Monomoy Regional High School: (508) 430-7200

    Monomoy Regional School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability or housing status in our educational programs, activities or employment practices.

    For Results of our Coordinated Program Review (CPR) please see the DESE website.


  • The Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct two parent workshops:

    Parent Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility for Special Education

    October 22, 2019 from 6-8 Pm at the Monomoy Regional High School - Library


    Parent Rights: Transition Planning (post high school)

    January 13, 2020 from 6-8 PM at the Monomoy Regional High School Library

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  • Dear Monomoy Parents/Guardians,
    I hope you had an enjoyable summer with your family and friends.  Welcome back and I hope your son or daughter had a fantastic first day of school.

    There are a few important announcements I would like to share with you.


    1. District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP)-  The District Curriculum Accommodation Plan documents the ways in which Monomoy educators work to meet the needs of all students. The goal is for all students to meet the academic and behavioral expectations that we have for them, with the realization that students will often need some accommodation in order to succeed.
    Accommodations may include varied instructional strategies, modified curriculum materials, targeted assessment, support services, and professional consultation. Additionally, ongoing professional development for educators and a strong induction program for new hires foster continuous improvement in the district’s capacity to help learners with diverse needs.

    You can find the full plan here  District Curriculum Accommodation plan

    2. Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan and Reporting Forms -  You can find the policy and ways to report bullying on the District website here Bullying Prevention and Intervention/Reporting Forms

    There are three ways you can report Bullying including an online reporting form.  Directions are located on the website.


    3. Wellness Policy - The School Committee voted to approve a new Wellness Policy on June 22, 2018. It is important to review this policy.


    4. Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)-  Under both Massachusetts General Law and Federal Regulations, the district is required to establish and maintain a Special Education Parent Advisory Council composed of individuals involved in or concerned with the education of children with disabilities.  The responsibilities include:

           * advising on unmet needs within the school committee in the education of              children with disabilities

           * commenting on proposed rules and regulations involving special education

           * supporting parents in the district 

    We are seeking interested parents in being part of this organization.  We were very fortunate to have Ann Sullivan supporting the SEPAC last year as the Chair. We are seeking a parent to assume the chair position for the 2017-2018 school year.  We are members of the MassPAC organization which has a wealth of resources and support.  We are also entitled to a free training on parent rights.

    If you are interested, please contact me at mmaguire@monomoy.edu

    Have a wonderful school year!


    Melissa Maguire

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