Transition ServicesWorkshop for Parents of Students with Disabilities Sponsored by Boston SpedPac in partnership with the Boston Public Schools Guest Presenters – Pamela Coveney, Attorney – Disability Law Center Erica Sandlin, Transition Specialist – BPS
Meg Stone, Director – IMPACT: Ability Glenn Gabbard, ICE Coordinator – Executive Office of Education (MA)
Johanne Pino – MAC
NOTICE TO PARENTS ABOUT EXTENDED YEAR SERVICES (“ESY”) Feb. 2014
You have or will receive a notice from BPS about summer services for your child with a disabilities these ESY services are determined by the Team annually. The District plans to have a 5 week program this summer, in part, due to the fact that the 2014-2015 school year will begin on September 3rd, since Labor Day is September 1st, and the District needs time to prepare the school buildings after ESY and before school re-opens in September.
While a 5 week program may be acceptable to most parents/guardians for this summer and BPS has represented to SpedPac that this is not a permanent decision, SpedPac is informing you of your right to reject a proposed change from a 5 week ESY program, and to invoke your “stay put” rights to a 6 week ESY program, if that is what you child had last year. Please note this right does not apply to you if your child’s IEP did not include the ESY program last year or if your child has not been found eligible for ESY services.
If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please join us at our next general SpedPac meeting at 7pm on Thursday, February 27th, at the Campbell Resource Center, where we will have a Basic Rights workshop for parents and guardians of children with special needs in BPS
Presentation – Basic Rights
This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Massachusetts Special Education Law
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide the child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.
Where’s My School Bus makes real-time bus information available online for parents and guardians in Boston Public Schools. Your student’s bus is displayed on a detailed map, showing both its recent and current location. Waiting at the stop for a late bus? Blizzard got traffic moving at a crawl? Use your smartphone or computer to instantly check the bus location. Tracking your student’s bus has never been easier, faster or more accurate.
We are the Boston Public Schools Special Education Parents Advisory Council. The purpose of Boston SpedPac is to provide a voice and give support for parents and guardians of children with special needs. We are a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, council made up exclusively of parent volunteers. We work with the Boston Public Schools system to ensure that children get the services and support they need to develop to their full potential. All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. The more voices we have, the more we can accomplish.
We need your help. The more people get involved, the more we can do.