Student Support Services

Special Education


Brenda Looney
Special Education Director
320A Brookfield Road
Fiskdale, MA 01518
(508) 347-3560
looneyb@tantasqua.org

Betsy Philpott
Student Support Services Coordinator

DCF Foster Care Point of Contact
(774) 241-0840
philpotte@tantasqua.org

 

 

Special Education

Public Notification - Child Find

The Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 Public Schools are working to locate, identify and evaluate any child residing in a home, facility, or residence within its geographical boundaries, age three (3) through twenty-two (22) years, who may have a disability and be in need of Special Education or 504 Services. This includes children who are not in school; those who are in public, private or home school; those who are highly mobile such as migrant or homeless; and those who are advancing from grade to grade, who may need, but is not receiving Special Education or 504 services.

The Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 Public Schools will make sure any child enrolled in its district who qualifies for Special Education or 504 services, regardless of how severe the disability, is provided appropriate Special Education or 504 services at no cost to the parents of the child.

Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are urged to help the Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 Public Schools find any child who may have a disability and need Special Education or 504 services.

The District needs to know the name and age, or date of birth of the child; the name, address, and phone number(s) of the parents or guardian; the possible disability; and other information to determine if Special Education or 504 services are needed.

Letters and phone calls are some of the ways the Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 Public School Districts collects the information needed. The information the school District collects will be used to contact he parents of the child and find out if the child needs to be evaluated or referred for Special Education or 504 services.

If you know of a child who lives within the Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 Public School Districts who may have a disability, and may need, but is not receiving Special Education or 504 services, please call, as indicated below, or send the information to:

Brimfield: Karen Regis, Team Chair, 413-245-7337


Brookfield: Jena DelCid, Team Chair, 508-867-8774


Holland: Nicole Kemezis, Team Chair, 413-245-9644


Sturbridge: Jamie Desjardin, Team Chair, 508-347-7041


Wales: Amanda Smelcer, Team Chair, 413-245-7748


Tantasqua Jr High: Madeleine Fisher, Team Chair, 508-347-7381


Tantasqua Sr High: Kristine Camacho, Special Education Coordinator, 774-241-0743

 

bulletSupporting Diverse Learners Handbook (pdf)

bulletParent Information Special Education and 504
http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html

bulletParent's Rights
http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/prb

bulletSpecial Education Forms and Documents
http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/iep

bulletSpecial Education Laws
http://www.doemass.org/sped

bulletIndividuals With Disabilities Act
http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm

bulletMCAS-Alt
http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/alt

bulletDisability Links and Resources
http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/links.html

bulletMassachusetts Department of Disability Services
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds

bulletCerebral Palsy and Bullying
http://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/living/bullying/