DEVENS — During the week of March 25, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Francis W. Parker Charter Public School District.
The PSM 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 PSM 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 PSM will interview the chairperson of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff, and review of student records or onsite observations.
Parents may call Sandra Hanig at 413-314-6707 to request a telephone interview.
About 60 days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.