This notice is provided in compliance with State and Federal regulations for conducting Child Find activities in order to identify students who may be in need of an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services.
Parents/guardians of children ages 3-22, who reside in Monson and feel their child is in need of an evaluation for determination of eligibility for special education services, can contact the Office of the Pupil Personnel Services located at 43 Margaret Street, Monson, MA 01057.
MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in December 2001, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness, and requires school districts to follow the regulations under this Act. The Monson Public School District identifies at-risk students and ensures the provision of educational services. Any child experiencing homelessness in the community of Monson is entitled to access the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to other children and youth. The homeless liaison is the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, who can be reached through the Central Business Office at 413-267-4151 ext. 1446. http://www.doe.mass.edu/mv/
Tiered Focused Monitoring Review
During the week of February 13, 2023 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of. Monson Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.
In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call, Charles Agong, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3753 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.