SPED/Pupil Services

Two fourth grade dual language Metcalf School students working on a project

School Closure Resources

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. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Escalera jescalera@hps.holyoke.ma.us, 413-534-2000 x1209.

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 Jennifer Gonzalez, Homeless Educational Coordinator, at jengonzalez@hps.holyoke.ma.us or 413-534-2000 X220.

Section 504

Section 504/ADA policy is implemented consistent with Section 504 procedures. All Section 504 data (504 plans, lists of eligible students, discipline records) is collected and maintained for future reference.  The district’s 504 Coordinator is Giselle Rojas grojas@hps.holyoke.ma.us or 413-534-2000.

Student Records

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


General 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. (Information about screening dates.)
  • IEP Eligibility Flow Chart (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Resources:

Contact Us

Marianne Currier
Chief of Pupil Services
Phone: 413-534-2000 Ext. 1200

Holyoke Public Schools
57 Suffolk Street
Holyoke, MA  01040

Bully Prevention and Intervention

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

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

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