**Notification of DESE Tiered Focused Monitoring Review**

During the week of February 10, 2020, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Westwood 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, ELL 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.  The ELL program will also be monitored.

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 Joan Brinckerhoff, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 3715 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.  Parents of ELL students my additionally call Sibel Hughes at 781-338-3569.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the Westwood Public Schools 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 www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.

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The Westwood Public Schools is committed to the provision of quality education for all students and offers an array of support services and programs in all of our schools. The Department of Student Services offers broad range of general education support services with access to Guidance Counselors, Psychologists, Nurses and English-As-A-Second Language (ELL) Staff. In addition, special education and related services are available to students who meet mandated eligibility criteria, including but not limited to, speech pathology services, occupational therapy services, and physical therapy services for eligible students. Special Educators and general educators work closely to facilitate positive, inclusive educational experiences.
Student Services Include:
·      Community Partnerships
·      Preschool Programs
·      Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
·      Special Education
·      Health Services
·      Guidance
·      ELL
·      Home/Hospital Tutoring
·      Homeless Liaison Services
If you need assistance from the Westwood Public Schools Student Services Department, you are welcome to contact one of the following people:


Director of Student Services

Abigail C. Hanscom


p: 781-326-7500 x1345


Administrative Assistant

Leeann Plouffe


p: 781-326-7500 x1345


Out of District Coordinator and K-5 Department Head Martha Jones School

Kelly Grant


p: 781-326-7500 x1389


Out of District Administrative Assistant and Special Education Finance Clerk/Medicaid Analyst 

Karen Dullea


p: 781-326-7500 x1502


K-5 Department Head - Deerfield, Hanlon & Sheehan Schools

Glen Atkinson


p: 781-326-7500 x5106


Preschool Director and K-5 Department Head - Downey School

Lisa Freedman


p: 781-326-7500 x5110


Administrative Assistant

Karen Cafarella


p: 781-326-7500 x5108

Special Education Child Find Notice

Under federal and state special education regulations, Westwood Public Schools has a duty to locate, identify, refer, evaluate, and, if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities who reside in the town of Westwood.  For parents or guardians of children ages 3-21 years of age, who have a disability or developmental delay, and who would like more information, please contact Abigail Hanscom, Director of Student Services at 781-326-7500 x1345.



Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards

This Notice provides you with important information about your right to be involved in planning your
student’s special education.


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