The North Attleborough School District Office of Student Services is working collaboratively with school leaders across the district to provide the best response to COVID-19 and meaningful information to families. Please see relevant information regarding special education and student services needs.
The North Attleborough Public Schools are closed through May 4, 2020.
IEP Meetings/Evaluations in Process
North Attleborough Public Schools, along with other districts in the Commonwealth, will freeze evaluation, referral, annual review, and plan distribution timelines for all students on IEPS and 504s. This means that as soon as schools open again, the timelines will commence as is required by state and federal regulations. Additionally, at that time, we will be working with families to understand the impact of the closure on students and schedule or reschedule meetings.
Special Education Referrals/Initial Eligibility
North Attleborough Public Schools, along with other schools in the Commonwealth, will freeze evaluation, referral, and plan distribution timelines for all students in a referral cycle. This means that as soon as schools open again, the timelines will commence as is required by state and federal regulations.
Special Education Services
During school closures, the North Attleborough Public Schools will follow the Department of Education Guidance issued March 2020. Given that educational services will not be provided to the general student population, there is no requirement for special education services to be provided. Instead, the district encourages students to remain engaged while school is not in session; while there is no obligation for students to engage in the enrichment activities we do encourage participation. Once school resumes, the North Attleborough Public Schools will continue to provide special education and related services to children in accordance with the child’s individualized education program (IEP). Also, there may be exceptional circumstances and health related impacts that could affect how a particular service is provided.
Home services and assessment will not occur during school closures. Additionally, once school reopens, our ability to send staff or contracted service providers into homes is contingent upon staff and student perceived health and wellness in accordance with state and CDC guidelines, protocols to limit activities within the community, or availability of home service providers. If home services cannot be provided once school reopens, teams will make individual determinations for the requirement of compensatory services.
Once school resumes, for students who may have medical or health issues and are physically unable to come to school as a result of COVID-19, the district will be following our process with regard to Home and Hospital Tutoring. This applies to students who will miss 14 or more school days as a result of being physically unable to come to school due to a health or medical issue. A physician’s statement is required to initiate this process. If this situation applies to your child, please contact your school’s Principal or the Director of Student Services.
The Office of Student Services is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive environment for students and continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and its impact on student learning and social emotional needs.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Your point of contact during this time is your Team Chairperson, as listed below. The Team Chair will be able to answer questions and/or connect you with additional resources specific to your child. Resources can be found on the NAPS Website as well as http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/covid19.html.
ELC Coordinator: Traci Vaughan
Amvet Blvd. School: Emily Turner
Community School: Jessica Davis
Falls School: Melissa Twohig
Martin School: Melissa Twohig
Roosevelt Ave. School: Jessica Davis
Middle School: Cathy Breen/Neil DeGirolamo
High School: Jeanne McCrady/Kelsey Gregory