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The Student Services Department of the Northampton Public Schools oversees Special Education, English Language Education, Family Engagement and Early Childhood departments in the Northampton Public Schools. Additionally the department ensures compliance with the 504 process in the district and supports homeless and foster students. Supports provided through the Student Services Department continue to be aligned with the established regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and policies and laws for educating students with limited English proficiency.

Student Services Administrators:

Pamela Plumer, Ph.D., Director of Student Services, pplumer@northampton-k12.us

Celeste Malvezzi, M.Ed., CAGS, Associate Director of Student Services, cmalvezzi@northampton-k12.us

Marianne Lockwood, M.M., M.Ed., Associate Director of Student Services, mlockwood@northampton-k12.us

Lauren Barry, M.Ed., Family & Student Engagement and English Language Coordinator, lbarry@northampton-k12.us

Lisa Safron, RN, BSN, NCSN, Director of Health, Safety and Equity Programs, lsafron@northampton-k12.us

Please click on the links below for more information about the departments, and click HERE for a list of our current district-wide and school-based faculty/staff. 

By now, you should have received the welcome letter from our office, which is also attached. I want to bring to your attention a listening session scheduled with Superintendent Provost next week regarding available COVID ESSER funding. The information is below. Additionally, I am attaching a letter from the state Department of Education as well as a FAQ that should have been mailed to your home. We have had a good start to our year in many ways, but I wanted to alert you to one important area. During this week our administrative team has been highly focused on the staffing shortages we are experiencing. Some of you may have read about staffing shortages nation-wide. At this point, we are having the most difficulty filling 8 vacant paraprofessional/ESP positions district-wide. We have been meeting to determine short term and also longer term potential solutions. If your child is missing any services, you are able to work with your child’s team to discuss if possible compensatory services are needed. If you know anyone who is interested in a paraprofessional position, please direct them to our office (413) 587-1451.

Sincerely,

Pam

As part of the district’s planning for the use of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III) application, stakeholder outreach and input is required. The funds may be used for academic, social/emotional, or operational needs related to COVID-19. Superintendent Provost would like to meet with caregivers from our Special Education and English Learner Parent Advisory Councils via Zoom on September 22, 2021, from 5:30-6:30. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Pam Plumer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SEPAC & ELPAC ESSER Session with Dr. Provost
Time: Sep 22, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Hola,

 

Por ahora, usted debe haber recibido la carta de bienvenida de nuestra oficina, que también se adjunta. Quiero llamar su atención sobre una sesión de escucha programada con el Superintendente Provost la próxima semana con respecto a la financiación disponible de COVID ESSER. La información se incluye a continuación. Además, estoy adjuntando una carta del Departamento de Educación del Estado, así como una lista de preguntas frecuentes que debería haber sido enviado a su casa. Hemos tenido un buen comienzo de año en muchos aspectos, pero quería alertarles sobre un área importante. Durante esta semana, nuestro equipo administrativo ha estado muy enfocado en la escasez de personal que estamos experimentando. Algunos de ustedes habrán leído sobre la escasez de personal en todo el país. En este momento, estamos teniendo la mayor dificultad para cubrir 8 puestos vacantes de paraprofesionales/ESP (profesionales de apoyo educativo) en todo el distrito. Nos hemos reunido para determinar soluciones potenciales a corto plazo y también a largo plazo. Si a su hijo le falta algún servicio, usted puede trabajar con el equipo de su hijo para discutir si se necesitan posibles servicios compensatorios. Si conoce a alguien que esté interesado en un puesto de paraprofesional, por favor diríjalo a nuestra oficina (413) 587-1451.

Sinceramente,

Pam

Como parte de la planificación del distrito para la solicitud del uso de los Fondos de Ayuda de Emergencia para Escuelas Primarias y Secundarias (ESSER III), se requiere la divulgación y el aporte de las partes interesadas. Los fondos pueden utilizarse para necesidades académicas, sociales/emocionales o necesidades operacionales relacionadas con el COVID-19. El Superintendente Provost desea reunirse con los cuidadores de nuestros Consejos Asesores de Padres de Educación Especial y de Estudiantes de Inglés vía Zoom el 22 de septiembre de 2021, de 5:30 a 6:30. Se proporcionará interpretación en español.

Pam Plumer le invita a una reunión programada por Zoom.

Tema: Sesión de SEPAC y ELPAC ESSER con el Dr. Provost
Hora: 22 de septiembre de 2021, 05:30 PM hora del este (EE.UU. y Canadá)

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Dear Caregiver,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well at what continues to be a challenging time. Despite our continued need to be vigilant regarding the health and safety needs of our community, I hope you have been able to experience more joyful activities in the recent months. Since March of 2020, our families have been affected in many different ways by the pandemic. I’m profoundly grateful for the work of our educators and also for the strong partnerships we have with our families as we work to support our students and each other. I am entering my 10th year as an administrator in the Student Services Department, and while last year was certainly the most challenging, it was also the most meaningful and fulfilling year I have experienced as an educator. It is my sincere hope that we can continue to partner together to help your children grow academically, socially and emotionally, and our educators are committed to this important work. 

The Student Services Department oversees the Departments of Early Childhood, Special Education, English Language Education and Health Services, in addition to supporting our homeless and foster students. Marianne Lockwood supervises Special Education for preschool through grade 5. Celeste Malvezzi supervises Special Education for grades 6 through 12 in addition to our transition program. Lauren Barry coordinates our English Language Education Department as well as Family Engagement. Lisa Safron is our Director of Health, Safety and Equity Programs overseeing the Health Department. The Student Services Department encourages open communication and maintains strong connections to our school teams and administrators. We hope you will reach out to us whenever you have concerns or thoughts to share. You can reach us via email at pplumer@northampton-k12.us, mlockwoood@northampton-k12.us, cmalvezzi@northampton-k12.us, lbarry@northampton-k12.us, and lsafron@northampton-k12.us. You can also contact our Staff Assistant, Renae Terry, Administrative Assistant, Stacey Chickering, or Secretary, Deirdre Johnson, at (413) 587-1451. 

We are grateful for a strong relationship with our Special Education Parent Advisory Council and look forward to increased activity this school year. You can learn more about the PAC by visiting this website: https://northamptonschools.org/special-education-parent-advisory-council/

Attached you will find a Frequently Asked Questions document provided by our Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). It includes information pertaining to this coming year, specifically related to COVID-19. We will be following the DESE recommendations as we enter this school year, and we will be updating our website regularly. You can also find helpful information by visiting the website noted on their FAQ. Regarding Team meetings, in the interest of safety, we will continue to hold the majority of our Team meetings virtually. We found that for many families, holding the meetings virtually was quite helpful, and we saw increased family participation. However, if you need to participate in a meeting in-person, we can ensure that you are able to participate with appropriate safety protocols in place. 

Last year, we began engaging in conversations with families regarding any necessary compensatory services for students. Those meetings typically happened during annual reviews or reevaluations. All districts are expected to make sure that IEP Teams have met to determine if a student needs compensatory services if a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) was not fully implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have instructed our educational teams to pay particular attention to this as we enter the school year, to help determine if further support is needed for students. If you do not believe that you have effectively discussed compensatory services, your child’s IEP Team should meet as soon as possible. DESE has provided guidance that the following groups of students that may be more likely to need compensatory services:  

  • Students with disabilities in schools or districts that were fully remote for three or more months during the 2020-21 school year; 
  • Students with disabilities who were chronically absent during the 2020-21 school year; and 
  • Students with disabilities who had significant difficulty accessing remote learning offered by the school or district due to the nature or severity of the disability, technology barriers, language access barriers, or other barriers resulting from the pandemic.

Finally, our Special Education Department participated in a Tiered Focus Review with DESE during the past school year. Reviewers interviewed families and educators, conducted surveys, evaluated the documentation we provided, and came on site for further file reviews. The final report was just released and has been added to our website. I am pleased to note that we were found in compliance in implementing over 30 Special Education or Civil Rights Criteria. We were found noncompliant (partially implementing) in one area, which is “Within 45 school working days after receipt of the parent’s written consent to an initial evaluation or a reevaluation, the school district determines whether the student is eligible for special education.” While adhering to timeline mandates was a challenge during the past year, we are committed to improving our practices regarding timelines for students being evaluated and those transitioning from early intervention. We will be monitoring our progress through a corrective action plan, and you will see updates on our progress throughout the year. 

Our Teams will be closely monitoring students as we start this year with programming implemented in full. Please reach out to your child’s team when you have any concerns. While we have always believed in the importance of strong, trusting relationships between our educators and our families, this partnership is critical now more than ever. We look forward to supporting your students and joyfully welcoming them back for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Sincerely,

Pamela Plumer, Ph.D.

Director of Student Services

 

Estimado cuidador, 

Espero que esta carta le encuentre a usted y a su familia bien en lo que sigue siendo un periodo de desafíos. A pesar de nuestra continua necesidad de estar atentos a las necesidades de salud y seguridad de nuestra comunidad, espero que haya podido experimentar actividades más alegres en los últimos meses. Desde marzo de 2020, nuestras familias se han visto afectadas de muy diversas maneras por la pandemia. Estoy profundamente agradecida por el trabajo de nuestros educadores y también por las sólidas asociaciones que tenemos con nuestras familias mientras trabajamos para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y a cada uno de ellos. Estoy entrando en mi décimo año como administradora en el Departamento de Servicios Estudiantiles, y aunque el año pasado fue ciertamente el más desafiante, también fue el más significativo y satisfactorio que he experimentado como educadora. Es mi sincero deseo que podamos seguir colaborando para ayudar a sus hijos a crecer académicamente, socialmente y emocionalmente, y nuestros educadores están comprometidos con esta importante labor. 

El Departamento de Servicios Estudiantiles supervisa los Departamentos de Primera Infancia, Educación Especial, Educación del Idioma Inglés y Servicios de Salud, además de apoyar a nuestros estudiantes sin hogar y de acogida. Marianne Lockwood supervisa la educación especial desde preescolar hasta el quinto grado. Celeste Malvezzi supervisa la Educación Especial para los grados 6 a 12, además de nuestro programa de transición. Lauren Barry coordina nuestro Departamento de Educación del Idioma inglés, así como la participación de las familias. Lisa Safron es nuestra Directora de Programas de Salud, Seguridad y Equidad que supervisa el Departamento de Salud. El Departamento de Servicios Estudiantiles promueve la comunicación abierta y mantiene fuertes conexiones con nuestros equipos escolares y administradores. Esperamos que se ponga en contacto con nosotros siempre que tenga preocupaciones o pensamientos que compartir. Puede comunicarse con nosotros por correo electrónico en pplumer@northampton-k12.us, mlockwoood@northampton-k12.us, cmalvezzi@northampton-k12.us, lbarry@northampton-k12.us y lsafron@northampton-k12.us. También puede ponerse en contacto con nuestra asistente de personal, Renae Terry, la asistente administrativa, Stacey Chickering, o la secretaria, Deirdre Johnson al marcar (413) 587-1451. 

Estamos agradecidos por la fuerte relación con nuestro Consejo Asesor de Padres de Educación Especial (PAC) y esperamos aumentar la actividad este año escolar. Usted puede aprender más sobre el PAC EN este sitio web: https://northamptonschools.org/special-education-parent-advisory-council/

Adjunto encontrará un Documento de preguntas frecuentes proporcionado por nuestro Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria (DESE). Incluye información sobre este próximo año, específicamente relacionada con COVID-19. Seguiremos las recomendaciones del DESE al comenzar este año escolar, y actualizaremos nuestro sitio web regularmente. También puede encontrar información útil al visitar el sitio web indicado en sus preguntas frecuentes. En cuanto a las reuniones del equipo, por razones de seguridad, seguiremos celebrando la mayoría de las reuniones del equipo de forma virtual. Hemos comprobado que, para muchas familias, llevar a cabo las reuniones de forma virtual ha sido bastante útil, y hemos visto una mayor participación de las familias. Sin embargo, si necesita participar en una reunión en persona, podemos asegurarle que podrá participar con los protocolos de seguridad adecuados. 

El año pasado, empezamos a entablar conversaciones con las familias sobre los servicios compensatorios necesarios para los estudiantes. Esas reuniones se produjeron normalmente durante las revisiones o reevaluaciones anuales. Se espera que todos los distritos se aseguren de que los equipos del Plan Educativo Individual (IEP) se hayan reunido para determinar si un estudiante necesita servicios compensatorios si el IEP de un estudiante no se implementó completamente durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Hemos dado instrucciones a nuestros equipos educativos para que presten especial atención a esto al comenzar el año escolar, para ayudar a determinar si se necesita más apoyo para los estudiantes. Si usted cree que no ha discutido efectivamente los servicios compensatorios, el equipo del IEP de su hijo debe reunirse lo antes posible. DESE ha proporcionado asesoramiento que los siguientes grupos de estudiantes que pueden ser más propensos a necesitar servicios compensatorios: 

  • Estudiantes con discapacidades en escuelas o distritos que operaron de forma totalmente virtual durante tres o más meses durante el año escolar 2020-21; 
  • Estudiantes con discapacidades que estuvieron crónicamente ausentes durante el año escolar 2020-21; y 
  • Estudiantes con discapacidades que tuvieron dificultades significativas para acceder al aprendizaje remota ofrecido por la escuela o distrito debido a la naturaleza o gravedad de la discapacidad, las barreras tecnológicas, las barreras de acceso al lenguaje u otras barreras derivadas de la pandemia. 

 

Por último, nuestro Departamento de Educación Especial participó en una Revisión de Enfoque Nivelada con el DESE durante el año escolar pasado. Los revisores entrevistaron a las familias y a los educadores, realizaron encuestas, evaluaron la documentación que proporcionamos y visitaron las instalaciones para realizar más revisiones de los expedientes. El informe final se acaba de publicar y se ha añadido a nuestro sitio web. Me complace señalar que se consideró que cumplíamos con la aplicación de más de 30 criterios de educación especial o de derechos civiles. Se determinó que estábamos en incumplimiento (implementación parcial) en un área, que es “Dentro de los 45 días de trabajo escolar después de recibir el consentimiento por escrito de los padres para una evaluación inicial o una reevaluación, el distrito escolar determina si el estudiante es elegible para la educación especial”. Si bien el cumplimiento de los plazos fue un reto durante el año pasado, estamos comprometidos a mejorar nuestras prácticas con respecto a los plazos para los estudiantes que están siendo evaluados y los que están en transición desde la Intervención Temprana. Estaremos monitoreando nuestro progreso a través de un plan de acción correctiva, y usted verá las actualizaciones de nuestro progreso a través del año. 

Nuestros equipos estarán monitoreando de cerca a los estudiantes al comenzar este año con la programación implementada en su totalidad. Por favor, póngase en contacto con el equipo de su hijo cuando tenga alguna preocupación. Aunque siempre hemos creído en la importancia de las relaciones fuertes y de confianza entre nuestros educadores y nuestras familias, esta asociación es crítica ahora más que nunca. Esperamos apoyar a sus estudiantes y darles la bienvenida con alegría para el año escolar 2021-2022. 

Sinceramente, 

Pamela Plumer, Ph.D. 

Directora de Servicios Estudiantiles

Previous COVID-19 Updates

DESE has provided an update regarding school for the 2021-2022 school year. Please view this document for information:

During the week of March 1, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Northampton 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 Alaena Podmore,  Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 6706 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 or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or charter school) 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/.

Durante la semana del 1 de marzo de 2021, la Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas (PSM) del Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria realizará una Revisión de Monitoreo Enfocada Escalonada de las Escuelas Públicas de Northampton. La Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas visita cada distrito y escuela chárter/autónoma cada tres años para monitorear su cumplimiento de las regulaciones federales y estatales de educación especial y de derechos civiles. Las áreas de revisión relacionadas con la educación especial incluyen las evaluaciones estudiantiles, la determinación de la elegibilidad, el proceso del Equipo del Programa de Educación Individual (IEP) y el desarrollo e implementación del IEP. Las áreas de revisión relacionadas con los derechos civiles incluyen el bullying (acoso escolar), la disciplina estudiantil, la restricción física y el acceso equitativo a los programas escolares para todos los estudiantes.

Además de la visita in situ, comunicación con los padres es un aspecto importante del proceso de revisión. El presidente de revisión de la Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas enviará a todos los padres de estudiantes con discapacidades una encuesta en línea centrándose en áreas clave del programa de educación especial de su hijo/a. Los resultados de la encuesta contribuirán al desarrollo de un informe. Durante la revisión in situ, la Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas entrevistará al/a los presidente/s del Consejo Asesor de Padres de Educación Especial (SEPAC) del distrito. Otras actividades in situ pueden incluir entrevistas al personal y administradores del distrito, revisiones de los registros estudiantiles y observaciones in situ.

Los padres y otras personas pueden llamar a Alaena Podmore, directora de supervisión de escuelas públicas, al (781) 338-6706 para solicitar una entrevista telefónica. Si una persona necesita un acomodo, como interpretación, para participar en una entrevista, el Departamento hará los arreglos necesarios.

Aproximadamente 60 días hábiles después de la visita in situ, el presidente del departamento de revisión proporcionará al (distrito o escuela chárter/autónoma) un informe con información sobre las áreas en las que el distrito o escuela chárter/autónoma cumple o excede los requisitos reglamentarios y las áreas en las que el distrito o escuela chárter/ autónoma requiere ayuda para corregir o mejorar las prácticas. El público podrá acceder al informe en http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.

 

September 11, 2020
By now I hope you have received our Superintendent’s call noting that our negotiations have reached agreements on issues that are critical to reopening. Our department has been actively participating in these meetings and planning to ensure we can both meet the needs of our students and keep our educators and students safe. This week we received confirmation from the many student services educators who are able to work in person, and we now have guidelines for spaces where students can access services in a safe environment if needed. Those of our faculty and staff who will be working in person have been participating in PPE training. We have received information about student needs from both our original survey as well as phone calls with caregivers. Now that more of the critical pieces for planning are known, next week we will be working closely with our teams to consult about more specific schedules and plans with you. You should expect to be contacted by someone from your child’s team or school, and ultimately, we will share a “COVID-19 Special Education Learning Plan” with you, which will document any changes that may occur with services during this remote learning phase. The state has provided very clear guidance which will be included in this document shared with you after engaging in consultation. A change in the delivery of special education services due to a school’s change in learning model as a result of COVID-19 does not result in a change to your child’s IEP. Special education laws provide protection to you and your child. You will find specific information about your legal rights within the Notice of Procedural Safeguards, which the district provides to parents at least once annually. This document includes sources that you may contact for assistance in understanding your rights. We will be providing hard copies of the “COVID-19 Special Education Learning Plan” as well as the Notice of Procedural Safeguards with caregivers.
We understand that this has been such a challenging time and our goal is to provide you with specific plans for your child as soon as possible. We are grateful for the collaboration you have shown as we gathered information about your child’s needs, and our Teams are so very excited to be working with your children again. Our teams will be providing a robust and wide range of supports remotely and in person to meet individual students’ needs.
I am grateful for the kindness and compassion we share with each other as a community. We are all trying to determine how to shift given our challenging circumstances, and I look forward to continuing to support you and your family.
Take care,
Pam

September 10, 2020

Our office is aware that the district’s first day of school is less than a week away and we have not been able to share students’ schedules/COVID-19 Special Education Learning Plan documentation with most of our families. We are trying our best to ensure that services will occur that match up with the needs of our students while also placing the health and safety of our educators and students as a top priority. Here are a few key pieces at this point.
1) Educators had until today to let the Superintendent know if they are able to provide in-person services. Many of our educators are able to work in person, with appropriate safety precautions in place. We believe that the needs of our students, which we have learned through surveys and phone conversations, will match up with our ability to provide a range of remote and in-person services. Our teams at each building are now planning with earnest their and their students’ schedules now that we know who is able to work remotely and in-person. We have also begun our in-person PPE trainings with our educators. If families have concerns and have not heard from someone from the district, families should reach out directly to our office or their school’s administration.
2) The last hurdle we have is that we still do not know which rooms we will be available to use as negotiations on this topic continued late into last night and will resume during executive session of tonight’s school committee meeting. My goal is to ensure that students can receive in-person services in their home-buildings with appropriate safety measures in place. Until we know which rooms our educators are able to use, we aren’t able to effectively plan our students’ in-person schedules or transportation. We are hoping this is resolved soon.
3) Our understanding is that the school committee has ratified as part of their agreement that the first three days of school will be half days for all students with instruction and consultation only occurring remotely. We realize that for our students who need in-person services, this will not meet their IEP requirements, and this will be part of our compensatory plans for those students. Our goal is to ensure that in-person services could start on September 21, and we will do whatever is needed to ensure this can occur.
I want to leave you with a message that I truly believe in, which is that our teams are so excited to be working with our students again both in-person and remotely. I recently participated in two of our schools’ SE Team’s planning meetings, and the discussions about students and families’ needs were compassionate and understanding. The planning was productive and positive with educators showing how flexible they are given these circumstances. I wish our plans could be more solid at this point, but it’s important to convey that the desire to communicate plans ASAP with families is felt by educators throughout the district.
We will reach out as soon as we can with specific details to families.

Sincerely,

Pam

August 11, 2020

All families of students with IEPs in the Northampton Public Schools, please complete this survey.

August 7, 2020 Update:

Since the school committee chose our fall model last night, our next step is to start surveying families of students with IEPs (in addition to EL, foster, homeless students and students with no internet access despite attempts to remedy this) to determine their level of interest in remote only, some drop-in services, or more intensive in-person services. Some families may determine that their children will be able to continue with remote learning, especially given the success their children have experienced working with some of our teachers this summer, and the fact that our programming will be more robust this fall than it was in the spring. Once we have a better sense for what services may need to be provided in person, we can begin planning with vigor. Yesterday, we received sample documents from DESE for how we can engage in the process of consulting with families. A key component is that districts “contact the parents of their students as soon as possible to discuss how a given student’s IEP services will be delivered if different than described in a student’s IEP, giving particular consideration to potential changes to how and where special education services will be provided. Using input from that discussion, teachers or liaisons must provide parents with written notification containing specific information about how IEP services will be provided promptly at the start of the 2020-21 school year.” Information from the family surveys will be helpful as we start this consultative process. IEPs still need to be written as if we are fully in school. Any deviations from the IEP will need to be documented in a letter shared with families. Families should expect a survey by early next week.
We remain committed to ensuring that students receive the services they need, whether in-person or remote if possible, while supporting the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students.
Previous updates:

Summer Update: Students who are receiving summer programming are being contacted individually by a Special Education Teacher, OT, PT, or Speech Pathologist to arrange a schedule for the summer services. Most academic services are being provided virtually, and some in-person OT, PT is being arranged. We hope to begin on July 13, once we have the proper PPE and have completed all necessary trainings to ensure the health and safety of our faculty and students. Services will only occur in person with parent permission.

Previous Messages:

May 18, 2020

I wanted to give you two updates. First, our department is still in the planning phases of how we will be able to provide summer services to those students whose IEPs call for extended year services. Districts have been waiting for guidance from the state regarding when in-person services will be allowed. As of today’s press conference with Governor Baker, no decision has been made. Last Friday, the guidance we received from DESE is to “plan for continuation of remote learning for the summer” and to “develop readiness for in-person instruction if it becomes possible.” We have surveyed our faculty and have many teachers and related service providers who have said they will work this summer. Our priority is to ensure students receive virtual support until we are able to provide support in-person. We will also be working closely with our department of health to ensure all necessary safety precautions are taken if we are able to return in person sometime this summer. As soon as we have any more guidance, we will share more detailed plans with you.

Also, I wanted to inform you that I have renewed my contract for next year and will be continuing in Northampton. This is such a difficult time, and I am committed to continuing to support your children and our community.

Sincerely, Pam

April 22, 2020

Please see an update from the Student Services Office, here for English and, here for Spanish.

April 17, 2020

Our office has been working with our faculty regarding the completion of our Remote Learning Plans for Services. We have met with almost every school, and those meetings will be completed by Tuesday. We are utilizing the plan that DESE shared last Thursday afternoon. You should receive the document in the next couple of weeks for your child. Please know that while we are trying to complete over 600 plan documents as soon as possible, I have asked our faculty to prioritize the time they are using to provide services and supports for your students. The plans will document the services that we have put in place. And, as I noted in a previous message, those plans may shift over time.

DESE also shared some documents this afternoon. We will be emailing these to families next week, but we are also posting them below.

Family Letter Students With Disabilities – English

Family Letter Students With Disabilities – Spanish

Family Resource Toolbox – English

Family Resource Toolbox – Spanish

Additionally, please see this message regarding Student Services Administrator staffing for the 2020-2021 school year.

April 7, 2020: Click here for our Student Services Remote Learning Letter to Families in English. For the Spanish version of our Student Services Remote Learning Letter to Families, click here.

To view our Special Education Resource Guide for families to use as a resource for this period of school closure, click here. The document also includes a link to technology support in accessing tools like google classroom, clever, etc. in both English and Spanish.

***In addition to our Resource Guide, stay tuned to this site for websites from Related Service Providers, like this one from our OT and PT Departments:***

For our Community Resource Guide for families regarding support for mental or physical health emergencies, food, housing, and unemployment during this period of school closure, click here.

Click here to view the March 18, 2020 Update from the Office of Student Services in English, and here to view in Spanish.

Click here to read a message that was shared on the SEPAC Listserve on March 24, 2020, about staffing changes for Student Services Administrators.

The English Learner (EL) program (Click for a detailed website) is designed to support students whose first language is not English. Students who are screened and found eligible for EL services receive English Language Education (ELE) instruction from a certified EL educator. They also receive Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) from their core content teachers. These two components of the ELE program provide a comprehensive educational experience for English Learners.

As a school district and community, Northampton strives to recognize, embrace and welcome multilingual and non-native English speakers from all cultures. NPS educators continue to enhance the academic and social experiences of incoming students in the district and seek to enrich the relationships with their English Learner (EL) families.

El programa de Estudiantes de inglés (EL) está diseñado para apoyar a los estudiantes cuyo primer idioma no es el inglés. Los estudiantes que son evaluados y elegibles para los servicios de EL reciben instrucción de Educación del Idioma Inglés (ELE) de un educador certificado en EL. También reciben inmersión en inglés protegida (SEI) de sus maestros de contenido básico. Estos dos componentes del programa ELE brindan una experiencia educativa integral para los estudiantes de inglés.

Como distrito escolar y comunidad, Northampton se esfuerza por reconocer, acoger y dar la bienvenida a hablantes de inglés multilingües y no nativos de todas las culturas. Los educadores de NPS continúan mejorando las experiencias académicas y sociales de los estudiantes entrantes en el distrito y aspiran a enriquecer las relaciones con sus familias de Estudiantes de inglés (EL).

 

 

The Northampton School District maintains a continuum of services for eligible students with special needs. Services include modifications and accommodations provided within the general education classroom to support children with special needs in general education, specialized instruction in special education classrooms, substantially separate special education programs, and related services. Related services include speech/language, occupational, and physical therapy, psychological evaluation, assistive technology, specialized consultation, behavioral supports, and school adjustment counseling. Special education programs within the Northampton Public Schools are designed to ensure that eligible children receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

District special education programming conforms to the requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal education program enacted in 1975 to improve educational opportunities for children with disabilities, as well as to the requirements of the Massachusetts Special Education Regulations. Programs provide special education and related services to children who qualify as a child with a disability including:

  • Autism
  • Developmental Delay
  • Intellectual Impairment
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Communication Impairment
  • Physical Impairment
  • Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability

If you have concerns regarding your child, you can contact the following individuals:

Preschool: Education Team Leader, Isabel Romero, iromero@northampton-k12.us

Leeds: School Principal or School Psychologist, Kira Henninger, kirahenninger@northampton-k12.us

Bridge: School Principal or School Psychologist, Andrew Koerner, akoerner@northampton-k12.us

Ryan Road: School Principal or School Psychologist, Clara McCoy, cmmcoy@northampton-k12.us

Jackson St: School Principal or School Psychologist, Jasmine Sicotte, jasminesicotte@northampton-k12.us

JFK Middle School: Education Team Leader, Keddie Loughrey, keddieloughrey@northampton-k12.us

NHS: Education Team Leader, Sara Ann Krause Lloyd, (413) 587-1344 x3112, sarakrauselloyd@northampton-k12.us

Additional information is available from the Massachusetts Department of Education www.doe.mass.edu, your child’s school, or the Northampton Student Services Office:

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SePAC)

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