Special Education

Special Education Department Information

Office Location:

Billerica Memorial High School - 35 River Street, Billerica, MA 01821

978.528.8591 - Phone

978.436.9412 - Fax

Welcome to Billerica's Special Education Department. The Billerica Public Schools provide services for students with special needs in accordance with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and state (603 CMR 28.00) regulations.

Billerica Public Schools provides a continuum of special education services for students based on individual needs and Team recommendations. These services may include, but are not limited to, specially designed instruction for academics, speech/language, occupational therapy, behavior, counseling, social skills, study skills and physical therapy.

Teachers and specialists work collaboratively with parents/guardians of students identified as requiring special education services. In order to provide the highest quality education and set high expectations for our students all input from staff and parents are considered in developing programming. We always welcome teacher and parent questions and concerns.

Often parents/guardians have questions regarding:

  • The evaluation process

  • Eligibility for special education

  • IEP development

  • Services

  • Team process

  • Programming options

  • Transition

Students that are already receiving special education services are assigned a District Contact Person (DCP) that is identified on the student’s IEP. The contact person is always happy to address parent questions or direct you to the appropriate person to help you. For parents wanting to learn more about the special education process, you should feel free to contact the Team Chairperson assigned to your child’s school or contact the special education office.

Special Education News

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

Special Education Department Contacts

Administration

Department Support Staff

Renee Pedone - Department Secretary - 978.528.8591

Joyce Haywood - Records Secretary - 978.528.8594

Annette Pelligrini - Records Secretary - 978.528.8592

Carol Shaughnessey - Trans/Fin Secretary - 978.528.8593

Out of District Staff

BethAnne Frechette - OOD Coordinator - 978.528.7937