The Department of Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring will conduct a Tiered Focus Monitoring Review during the week of January 3rd.

     Dear Hatfield School Community, 

     The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be conducting a review of Hatfield Public Schools to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Parents and other individuals can contact the Office of Public School Monitoring to request an interview as part of the review.

      During the week of January 3rd the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Hatfield 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 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.

      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 Sandra Hanig, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (413) 314-6707 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.

      Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) 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/.

To Request an Interview Contact: Sandra Hanig Public School Monitoring Chair Dept. of Education Office of Public School Monitoring (413) 314-6707

Sincerely,

John F. Robert

November 30, 2018