Director of Pupil Services
413-565-4200 x 4026
413-565-4200 x 4026
413-565-4200 x 4029
Dear Longmeadow Community,
Hello to all families who may be accessing or who have questions about special education services. For those of you who know me already and folks I have not met, it is a great honor to be able to lead this department as it continues to provide excellent services and supports to students with disabilities. Our special education Parent Advisory Council, would like all parents to take note that a new web-site has been set up for Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (S.E.A.L) at www.sealma.org. S.E.A.L. has been very active this year bringing great ideas and speakers to Longmeadow.
Jenn Lynch -Longmeadow High School. 413-565-4220 Ext. 2316. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Paris-Kro - Williams Middle School. 413-565-4260 email@example.com
Bridget Dullea - Glenbrook Middle School. 413-565-4250. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Katoski - Center School. 413-565-4290. email@example.com
Carol Dinn Robinson - Blueberry Hill. 413 -565-4280. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Levy - Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School. 413-565-4270. email@example.com
Catherine Beavis - Pre-School Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School. 413-565-4270. firstname.lastname@example.org
Longmeadow Public School Preschool Program
Longmeadow School System offers an integrated preschool program for 3 and 4 year old children residing in Longmeadow. Our class size is 15 students. Half the students are receiving special education services and the other half are our peer models. Each classroom is staffed with a special education early childhood teacher and classroom assistant. We are located at Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School. We have two morning programs (8:50-11:15) and two afternoon sessions (11:50-2:15).
CHILD FIND PROCEDURES
Longmeadow School district is mandated to locate, identify, and evaluate children with suspected disability. Referrals may come from various sources (parents, physicians, preschool programs). Evaluations may include speech, fine motor, gross motor, and/or school psychological evaluations. The evaluation process is free to qualifying children. For further information contact the Pupil Services office at 565-4200.
Preschool screenings take place in the spring every year for potential peer models for the following school year. The school district will send out a letter with dates for screenings. Once the screenings have taken place staff will determine how many slots are available for peer models. If we have more children than slots available, the staff will conduct a lottery.
Preschool Coordinator - Catherine Beavis
Preschool Teacher - Brooke Sledzieski
Preschool Teacher - Tish Noonan
Occupational Therapy Assist. - Meaghan Matthews
Classroom Assistant - Nanci McDonough
Classroom Assistant - Patti Bussolari
Physical Therapy Assistant - Diane Taslitt
Speech Pathologist - Susan Collins
Speech Pathologist - Maureen Miller
DISTRICT SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS
LLD Language Learning Disabilities Program
ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL
The LLD program is a language-based program that operates as a partial inclusion classroom. It serves students in grades two through eight. The students spend part of their day in the general education classroom and attend all related art and specials such as Art, PE, Music Health and Computers. They also attend recess, lunch and Advisory with their same aged peers. Students can receive direct instruction in the LLD classroom for ELA, math, language, re-teaching and reinforcement as directed by their IEP.
LLC Longmeadow Learning Center
The LLC Longmeadow Learning Center program began at the elementary level in 2008 and moved to the middle school in 2010. The program was established again at the elementary level in 2011. The LLC is a district program for students from all three elementary schools and both middle schools. The elementary program is housed at Center School and the middle school program is housed at Glenbrook Middle School.
Students in the program have primary diagnoses of communication impairment, neurological impairment or intellectual impairment and have difficulty mastering content at the same rate as their non-disabled peers.
PALSS Program Program for Academic, Language and Social Support
This program is an inclusion program. It is designed to support students who experience social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges in the school setting. The program is staff intensive, to include a special education teacher, paraprofessionals, and a BCBA consult. The SLP and SAC also support the program with counseling and social skills coaching and teaching.
LINC Longmeadow Integrated Network for Children
The LINC Program is a comprehensive, integrated program for students whose primary diagnosis is autism. The program is designed to provide best practices and data driven methodology for teaching, language development, social skills and behavior. It is an inclusion model, offering all students opportunities to learn and socialize with typical peers. Students’ programs are individualized to provide the maximum benefit for growth based on each child’s abilities and needs.
Students participating in this program;
- Cannot effectively access the general curriculum
- Cannot socially access peers without adult facilitation
- Tend to have behavioral needs to include lack of flexibility, adaptability
- A BIP in order to effectively navigate the school environment
In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 76, Section 1, of the Massachusetts General Laws and except as otherwise provided by law, the Longmeadow School Committee must ensure that all children between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) years of age and residing within the Town of Longmeadow regularly attend a public or approved private school, or are otherwise instructed in a manner approved in advance by the Superintendent or the School committee. It is the policy of the Longmeadow Public Schools to delegate this approval to the Superintendent.
Individual requests for instruction of children in a setting other than in public or approved private school buildings may be granted by the Superintendent for a period of not more than one year after the application process is completed and the program is approved.
Applications shall be completed in sufficient detail to enable the Superintendent of Schools to make the final decision on each request.
Home school proposals will be approved when the Parents/Guardians have presented a home school program equal to that provided by the Longmeadow School System in its thoroughness and efficiency, and in its assessment of the progress made therein.
Any parent or guardian whose home school proposal is approved by the Superintendent for alternate home education will be responsible for maintaining an attendance register for the pupil attending that approved program.
The Superintendent may test the pupil periodically to ensure educational progress and ensure that the program is equal in depth and thoroughness to that offered by the Longmeadow Public Schools. This testing will take place only after consultation with the parent/guardian and will be consistent with the Longmeadow Public Schools' standardized testing program.
Adopted: January 26, 2004 File: IGBH - R
TO APPLY FOR HOME EDUCATION
- Notification must be made to the Superintendent of schools by parents of their intent to home-school their child/children.
- On behalf of the Superintendent, the Director of Pupil Services, will process the notification and send the proposing parents/guardians a copy of the relevant policy and the associated regulation and exhibit.
- For a child to be home schooled, parents must submit the completed Home Education application and the proposed curriculum plan to the Director of Pupil Services.
- Parents may be asked to meet with the Director of Pupil Services to review the proposal and curriculum plan.
- The Director of Pupil Services will review the proposal and curriculum plan and consult with the school principal (and the Superintendent of Schools) when appropriate.
- The Director of Pupil Services will recommend approval/disapproval or modification of the curriculum plan to the Superintendent of Schools.
- The Superintendent of Schools will approve/request modification of/deny the home education plan based on the proposed program's demonstrated ability to provide adequate education comparable to that of the Longmeadow Public Schools.
- A letter of approval/request for modification/denial will be sent to the parents/guardian under the signature of the Superintendent of Schools. If the plan is denied or a request for modification is made, parents/guardians will be notified of the reasons(s) for the request or denial and be given the opportunity to resubmit the adjusted proposal.
- Individual records for student with approved Home Education Plans will be updated annually and kept on file in the Director of Pupil Services' office.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of individuals with disabilities within the work and school setting. Section 504 was passed into law before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Section 504 is a federal civil rights statute. Students who do not qualify for special education under the IDEA may qualify for protection and services under Section 504. Section 504 requires regular education teachers to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Section 504 also requires school officials to allow equal access to educational programs and services to students with disabilities. It is important to realize that Section 504 is separate from “special education.” Section 504 is under the jurisdiction of regular education. Therefore, building administrators are fully responsible for its implementation.