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Special Education

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 participate 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).

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.

District Curriculum Accommodation plan

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 FormsThere are three ways you can report bullying, including an online reporting form. Directions are located at the link.

Team Chairs

Janet Caron

Janet Caron

Early Childhood Coordinator, Team Chair
Harwich Elementary School, Chatham Elementary School
Sandra Snow

Sandra Snow

Team Chair
Monomoy Regional Middle School
Kelma Dever

Kelma Dever

Team Chair
Harwich Elementary School
Jacqueline Corrigan

Jacqueline Corrigan

Team Chair
Monomoy Regional High School
Melissa Maguire

Melissa Maguire

Director of Student Services and Special Education
Central Office
Nicole Camp

Nicole Camp

Mental Health Coordinator
Chatham Elementary School
Lori Thomas

Lori Thomas

Out Of District Coordinator
Central Office
Annalise Yurgelun

Annalise Yurgelun

Administrative Assistant
Central Office

New IEP Form Information

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a new Individualized Education Program (IEP) form to be used in schools and districts across the state beginning sometime over the next two years. Your child's education team is committed to providing the best possible supports and services for your child's educational journey, and our use of the new IEP form is designed to enhance that commitment.

This new statewide IEP form helps teams to more effectively address the needs of students eligible for special education services. The revised form focuses attention on gathering complete information about your child's strengths, challenges, and individualized goals to develop a more personalized education plan for your child.

We believe that our use of the new statewide IEP form will offer several benefits to you and your child. Some of the key advantages include:

  • Enhanced Collaboration: The form promotes better communication and collaboration between you, your child's teachers, and the IEP team. It encourages a better understanding of your child's unique needs, allowing for improved support strategies.
  • More Clarity and Consistency: The revised form is designed to ensure clarity and consistency in the IEP process and in the implementation of state and federal requirements. This consistency will facilitate smoother transitions between grade levels, and it is particularly designed to help students with disabilities to transition to post-high school life.
  • Comprehensive Documentation of the Program: The new IEP form offers a more detailed framework for documenting your child's progress, accommodations, and services. This will support better tracking of your child's achievements and provide valuable information for future evaluations and assessments.

Please feel free to reach out to the team chair in your child’s building or to me at mmaguire@monomoy.edu if you have any immediate questions or concerns regarding the implementation of the new statewide IEP form. We value our partnership in your child's education, and we look forward to working together to support your child’s educational needs.

I will be hosting 4 virtual training sessions for Monomoy families as follows. If you require an interpreter, please email mmaguire@monomoy.edu to make arrangements.

April 17 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM - Link
April 17 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM - Link
April 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM - Link
April 23 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM - Link

Parenting Solutions Library

Child Find

Introduction

This Fact Sheet provides a brief overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B  and state law Child Find requirements applicable to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Massachusetts and provides resources to support LEAs in ensuring children with disabilities are appropriately identified, located, and evaluated. In Massachusetts, LEAs must conduct child find activities for all children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 residing in or attending private school in the geographic boundaries of the LEA.

Overview of Federal Child Find Requirements Under IDEA Part B

All children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 residing in the State, including children with disabilities who are in foster care, homeless, homeschooled, or attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, must be identified, located, and evaluated. Child find must include children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education, even if they are advancing from grade to grade. For more information about federal child find requirements, please see the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Return to School Roadmap: Child Find Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Aug. 24, 2021)(Child Find guidance).

IDEA Part B also requires each LEA to “locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private, including religious, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district served by the LEA.” In accordance with IDEA regulations, the child find activities for such children must be similar to the child find activities undertaken for the LEA’s public school children. For more information about child find requirements relating to privately enrolled children with disabilities, including homeschooled students, please see the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) website, which includes Administrative Advisory SPED 2018-1 and sample child find notices for privately enrolled students.

Overview of Child Find Requirements Under State Law

In addition to federal law, Massachusetts state law requires “the school committee of every city, town or school district” to “identify the school age children residing therein who have a disability,” as well as “diagnose and evaluate the needs of such children, propose a special education program to meet those needs, provide or arrange for the provision of such special education program.” State law also requires that school districts “maintain a record of such identification, diagnosis, proposal and program actually provided.”

Considerations for Conducting Child Find Activities

As described by OSERS in its Child Find guidance, in light of the educational disruptions caused by COVID-19, LEAS should reexamine the efficacy of their existing child find practices and initiate new activities as appropriate. For example, the LEAs that post their Child Find notices on their websites and in settings frequented by families in their community, such as doctor’s offices, autism centers, hospitals, private schools, and day cares, may also consider posting their Child Find notices on their social media pages or expanding the number of settings in which they post them. For additional ideas for child find activities, please see: Q&A 5, OSERS, Child Find.

The Monomoy Regional Schools are committed to locating children before their 3rd 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 Melissa Maguire, Director of Student Services, at (508) 945-5130.

Additionally, if you are aware of any unaccompanied youth or any homeless families with school age children, please contact Melissa Maguire, Homeless Coordinator for Monomoy Regional School District, at (508) 945-5130. The best resource for the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the Department of Education website.

Finally, if parents, caregivers, or community members have questions about special education services, contact Melissa Maguire at mmaguire@monomoy.edu or (508) 945-5130 to discuss or to schedule a meeting.

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 and 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

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