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Massachusetts Special Education Law, formerly known as Chapter 766 and thefederal special education lawsIDEA-2004, mandated identification programs that find and evaluate children requiring special education from age three through twenty-one (up to his/her twenty-second birthday). If the child has a disability and requires specially-designed instruction known as special education in order to make effective progress in the general education curriculum, then the child may receive special education services.

Identifying a student as disabled takes place only after the student is evaluated with written parental permission. The Hopedale Special Education Evaluation Team may determine that the student is disabled.  The Team may find that the child is not making effective progress in school as a result of a disability. Then the Team, including the parent(s), develops the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and agrees to a special education placement that meets the student's educational needs in the least restrictive environment. This may include services both in and/or outside of the classroom setting. All student’s needs are individual and determinations for types of services are made at each Team meeting.   
 If you suspect that a child may have a disability and may require special education in order to make effective progress in general education, please have the child's parent and/or legal guardian contact the Director of Pupil Personnel Services or the Team Chairperson of his/her school.

In addition, contact Pamela J. Smith with any questions regarding Home/Hospital Services, English Language Learners, Home Schooling, and Education for Homeless Children (McKinney-Vento Act).