On behalf of the Student Service staff, I am delighted to welcome you back to the new school year. 2020-2021 will be a school year like no other. We have been working consistently through the summer to build learning environments for students that will offer in person services when safe for the District to do so. I am incredibly proud of our educators and their demonstration of dedication, flexibility and positivity while we navigate this new educational landscape. More than ever before, we appreciate and seek out your partnership in order to ensure that all students can achieve their maximum potential. We recognize that in order for students to be successful in school, they require support from both home and school and due to the current health pandemic, information from the home is key to the planning as we transition back to the school building. A strong home school partnership will continue to pave the way for success.
In order to address all of the changes that we will encounter for the upcoming school year, I turn your attention to the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document posted on the Dracut Public Schools website, that will provide clarification for a number of new procedures and protocols initiated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents Notice of Procedural Safeguards can be found on the Dracut Public School Website, under Student Services. In accordance with federal special education law, school districts are required to provide these “Safeguard” brochures once per year to the parents and guardians of students enrolled in special education services. I would encourage you to read and maintain this brochure to be able to reference throughout the school year. If you have any questions regarding the contents of these “Safeguards”, please contact your Team Chairperson at your student’s school. Should you require a hard copy of the “Safeguards”, one will be provided to you. If you require the “Safeguards” in an additional language, a copy will be made available to you.
Please review the Massachusetts Parental Notice and One Time Consent to allow the School District to access MassHealth (Medicaid) benefits for reimbursement for services delivered in school, also found on the Dracut Public Schools Website, under Student Services. All information concerning your student is strictly confidential and will not affect your child’s benefits or services. This program is supported by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). If your student is eligible to participate in the reimbursement program, please sign the One Time form granting permission to seek this federal claim. If you have already done so- thank you. If not, please return the form to the Student Services Office at your earliest convenience. If you require a hard copy of the form, please contact Student Services and one will be made available
Also, please consider attending a meeting of the Dracut Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and regulations around social distancing, all SEPAC Meetings will be conducted virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. Meetings will be held via the Google Meet Platform and a link to the meeting will be posted on the web site prior to the meeting. The SEPAC is an important and free resource for the families of Dracut as well as to the Student Service Department in the role of school and family liaison. Your membership and participation is integral in assisting the district in providing an appropriate educational environment for all Dracut students.
I am enthusiastically looking forward to the start of the school year and working with parents, guardians, school professionals and community leaders to achieve a common goal of ensuring a robust school experience for all students. Navigating this school year will be a learning experience for all; administrators, educators, families and students. We will gain a new perspective of what is possible when we all work together to create robust learning environments whether in the school building or remotely from home, through the technology available to us today. Best wishes for the new year!
Kimberly Lawrence, M.Ed.,CAGS
Director of Student Services
Welcome Parents and Guests to the Student Services Page of the Dracut Public Schools Website!
The Office of Student Services coordinates the services that the Dracut Public Schools provide to students who require specialized instruction and/or support. These services may include:
- Specially Designed Instruction
- Speech and Language Services
- Guidance and Psychological Services
- Nursing Services
- Specialized Transportation
Additionally the Office serves as the Compliance Office for the Dracut Public Schools for many State and Federal Regulations including IDEA, Section 504 and Title IX.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 978-957-4633, or by sending an email to Kimberly Lawrence, Director of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome your comments and suggestions as we work to keep the DPS Student Services Page fresh
|Kimberly Lawrence||Director of Student Services||(978) 957-4633|
|Johanna Garneau||Out-of-District Coordinator for Special Education||(978) 957-4633|
|Deborah DelSolia||BCBA||(978) 957-4633|
|Robert Fiore||Physical Therapist||(978) 957-4633|
|Mercedes Tran||School Psychologist||(978) 957-4633|
|Stephanie Wales||Elementary School Psychologist||(978) 957-4633|
|Lissa Lessard||Student Services Secretary||(978) 957-4633|
|Shirley Ralls||Student Services Office Secretary||(978) 957-4633|