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 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).
Team Chair Contact Information
Chatham Elementary School: Janet Caron, email@example.com, 508-945-5135
Harwich Elementary School Early Childhood: Janet Caron, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-430-7216
Harwich Elementary School K-4: Kelma Dever, email@example.com, 508-430-7216
Monomoy Regional Middle School: Kara Stigas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-945-5140
Monomoy Regional High School: Jackie Corrigan, email@example.com, 508-430-7200
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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 at the link.
Monomoy Regional School District does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, housing status, genetic information, or traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, hair length, and protective hairstyles (protective hairstyles includes but is not limited to braids, locks, twists, bantu knots, hair coverings, and other formations), in any of the district’s activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, families, community members, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.