Student Support Services Overview
The Special Education and Student Services Department works with families, faculty, students, and community partners to identify students who meet the federal and state criteria for a disability requiring specialized instruction and/or accommodations through an Individualized Educational Plan or 504 Accommodation Plan. It is Bay Path’s mission to provide services in the least restrictive environment that will empower our students to become active members of society based on their individual strengths and abilities. As a district, we are committed to providing an inclusive setting of dedicated multi-disciplinary teams while involving parents and community members to help meet the academic, emotional and social needs of all our students in a respectful and positive environment.
The department works to afford all students the opportunity to succeed through high quality evidence-based practices by connecting and communicating with families, students, school teams, and the greater community. Together, we will focus on the positive attributes and recognize the individual strengths and achievements of our students while promoting their future successes.
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April 14, 2020
Supporting Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 School Closure
News from Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regarding serving students with disabilities during the COVID-19 Closure.
On Thursday, March 26th, the DESE issued a new FAQ on serving students with disabilities during the COVID-19 school closure. The document reflects updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released on Saturday, March 21st and states that during this national emergency, “school districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to these students.” In Massachusetts, DESE recognizes that these unprecedented circumstances may affect how all educational and related services and supports are provided. While USED and DESE will offer flexibility where possible, USED has emphasized that many disability-related modifications and services may be effectively provided remotely or online.
The provision of FAPE may include, as appropriate, special education and related services provided remotely through resources and support (such as strategies, projects, and packets provided to students matched with regular and ongoing communication from special education team members, and services and instruction, such as virtual, online, or telephonic instruction). Districts should make every effort to use creative strategies to provide special education instruction and services to the extent feasible. Moreover, any educational opportunities offered to the general student population, including enrichment activities and resources, must be made accessible to students with disabilities.
Your child's support team will be reaching out to you in the days ahead to plan support and services for your child. If you have any immediate concerns or questions please contact Nancy Alpine, Pupil Services Director: email@example.com.
Pupil Services Director
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Director of Student Support Services
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