Chief of Pupil Services
Phone: (413) 534-2000 Ext. 1209
Send Marianne Currier an Email
The United States Department of Education requires that each public-school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program that is designed specifically for that child. The IEP considered is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.
Through the IEP process, teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. This team collectively pools their knowledge, experience, and commitment to design an educational program that will help the student be involved in, and progress in, the general curriculum. The IEP guides the delivery of special education supports and services for the student with a disability.
IEP Eligibility Flow Chart (PDF)
En Español (PDF)
Extended School Year Services are provided during the summer for students for whom the benefits accrued during the school year would be significantly jeopardized in the absence of a summer program. ESY is recommended by an IEP team and included in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), usually at the time of the Annual Review. Please check with your IEP team regarding which ESY program will be the best fit for your child. Click here for more information about the Extended School Year program
Students are provided with educational tutoring by certified staff. For more information about Home and Hospital Bound Educational Services, please click here or Send Jacqueline Escalera an Email, (413) 534-2000, Extension 1209.
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. (Screening dates.)
Parent Information – special education/IDEA, Section 504/ADA, organizations and resources within Massachusetts
E-learning module – A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Massachusetts
Guidelines regarding referral, evaluation, and eligibility determination for special education services
Guidelines regarding Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
IEP Process handbook (pdf.)
Information and resources from the U.S. Department of Education
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 – what a transition looks like from school to adult life