Pupil Services

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Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan and Policy:

The Department oversees the schools Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan and collects all relevant information regarding the reporting and investigations of incidents.

Comprehensive Counseling Programs:

The Department oversees the kindergarten to grade eight counseling program that provides all students with:

  • Responsive Services – Individual counseling sessions; parent consultations regarding individual student needs; coordination with outside referral sources.
  • Individual Planning – Academic and career guidance; parent and student consultation regarding planning and goal-setting; interpretation and analysis of assessment instruments.
  • System Support – Community outreach; parent education programs; teacher consultation; school improvement planning.
  • The planning and implementation of the Massachusetts Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (MA Model); New Initiative for Pre K – 12.

Home and Hospital Bound Educational Services: Students are provided with educational tutoring by certified staff.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Services:

McKinney-Vento Homeless Program facilitates programs serving legally homeless children and their families. We offer assistance with transportation to/from school, meals, and assistance to obtain health care and needed services. The Homeless Student Form is available in English (pdf.) and En Español (pdf.). Contact Rebeca Chaverri, Homeless Educational Coordinator, at 413-534-2000 X220.

Section 504:

Section 504/ADA policy is implemented consistent Section 504 procedures. All Section 504 data (504 plans, lists of eligible students, discipline records) is collected and maintained for future reference

Student Records:

Maintain Student Records in compliance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 State and Federal Online Resources

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Resources:
Child Find:  The purpose of Child Find is to seek out and identify all children between 3 through 21 years of age who are suspected of having a disability and may require special education services under the IDEA, including students who are not currently enrolled in a HPS education program, in nonpublic schools, and highly mobile students  such as migrant and homeless students. The Child Find process begins with a referral for an evaluation. Read more about Child Find. |  Screening Dates
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities
FAPE: Free and Appropriate Public Education for Student with Disabilities

Transition Planning

Massachusetts Department of Education – what a transition looks like from school to adult life

Need to contact the bus company, Durham School Service?  Call 413-315-4119.

Health, Wellness, Nursing

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Protocol

Health Guidelines for School Attendance (PDF)Directrices de Salud para la Asistencia Escolar (PDF)

Flu Vaccine – The flu vaccine should be given to everyone 6 months and older, as it is the best option for protection, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP tells us that the annual flu vaccine significantly reduces a child’s risk of severe influenza and death. Special effort should be made to vaccinate all children 6 months and older who have conditions that increase their risk of complications of flu. This includes infants born preterm and those with chronic medical conditions, including asthma and other chronic lung diseases, heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic problems, and weakened immune systems, among others. Influenza vaccine should be given to all women who are pregnant, considering pregnancy or are in the postpartum period or are breastfeeding during the flu season.  Contact your child’s School Nurse for more informationRead more (PDF) | En Español (PDF).

Head Lice Information –  Head Lice (Pediculosis) Policy (PDF) / En Español (PDF)MA DPH Head Lice Fact Sheet (PDF)En Español (PDF)

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