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Upcoming Tiered Focused Monitoring Review

During the week of April 26, 2021, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Billerica 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 Joan Brinckerhoff, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3715 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 Billerica Public Schools with a report with information about areas in which the Billerica Public Schools meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the Billerica Public Schools requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.

Language translations of the above statement can be found at Billerica Tiered Focused Monitoring Review Translated Statement

Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM) Review Resources

Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM) is the review of select policies, procedures, student records, and building facilities to see if districts and schools are in compliance with, or following, the state and federal laws and regulations for special education and civil rights. This process allows the Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) to provide districts and schools with support and technical assistance to further benefit students. Click the link below to find out more about the review process.

Billerica Tiered Focused Parent Presentation Webinar

Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM) Parent Resources

Announcement - Chapter 74 Non-Resident Tuition

For parents of students attending Billerica Public Schools: Career, Vocational and Technical School Application Process

(For schools other than Shawsheen Valley Technical High School)

Students interested in out-of-district placements under Chapter 74 Vocational Education for an upcoming school year must submit their application to Billerica Public Schools, Timothy Piwowar, Superintendent, for the specific school they wish to attend, by April 1st of the preceding school year. Billerica Public Schools reserves the right to reject any application received after that date.

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