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Student Services

Welcome to the Office of Student Services

The Office of Student Services focuses on helping students understand their learning differences and develop skills and compensatory strategies in order to become independent learners. We strive to bring together cooperative relationships, respect for individual differences, and the maintenance of a purposeful and rigorous academic program into all aspects of our services. We want our students to gain an understanding of their own learning style so that they can learn to advocate for themselves. All Reading Public Schools staff work in a collaborative manner to develop ways to modify curriculum and assessment practices while maintaining high expectations. The goal is to present each student with challenging but attainable expectations and develop appropriate ways of assessing what students have learned.

News

March 27, 2017
Extended School year Presentation

Child Find Notice

In accordance with federal special education law, IDEA 2004, the Reading Public Schools are conducting child find activities for students who live in Reading and attend private schools located in Reading. This federal requirement also applies to Reading students who attend private schools outside of Reading. Child find activities require the Reading Public Schools to evaluate students who, based upon the suspicion of the presence of a disability, may meet special education eligibility criteria. The Reading Public School District is also committed to identifying children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year-olds. If you suspect that your child, at any age, may need an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services, you may request an evaluation, at no cost, at your district school. Please contact the Student Services Office at 781-942-9129 for more information.

Public Records and Freedom of Information Request

In accordance with "An Act to Improve Public Records," Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, the Reading Public Schools has provided the following information in compliance with the new act effective January 1, 2017: Custodian of Records and Records Access Officers (RAO) Dr. John F. Doherty, Superintendent of Schools and Carolyn Wilson, Director of Student Services. The Reading Public Schools requests that all Public Records and Freedom of Information requests be in writing. Requests can be submitted via email or USPS: rao@reading.k12.ma.us or Public Record Request, Superintendent's Office, Reading Public Schools, 82 Oakland Road Reading, MA 01867. 

The mission of the Reading Public Schools’ program for English language learners is to enable students of all levels of English language proficiency to develop the linguistic, cultural, and social skills necessary for success in the Reading Public Schools and beyond.  The students accomplish this in an interactive setting with an atmosphere of understanding, honoring native cultures, and supporting academic progress.

Carla Pennacchio

ELL Coordinator, K-12 ELL Teacher

Carla.pennacchio@reading.k12.ma.us

Karen Hall

ELL Teacher

Karen.hall@reading.k12.ma.us

Francine Rubano-Jones

ELL Teacher

Francine.rubano-jones@reading.k12.ma.us

 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973


Purpose of Section 504

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.  Specifically, Section 504 indicates that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely because of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funds.


Definition

The definition of a qualified individual with a disability under Section 504 covers a broader population than the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act which covers what is known as Special Education. A qualified individual under Section 504 is any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

  1. “Physical or mental impairment” means (a) any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculo skeletal, special sense organs, respiratory including speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic skin, and endocrine, or (b) any mental or psychological disorder such as intellectual disability, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, specific learning disability, attention disorders, mood disorders or learning disabilities (this list is not exhaustive).
  2. “Has a record of such an impairment” means has a history of, or has been misclassified as having, a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  3. “Is regarded as having an impairment” means (a) has a physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit major life activities, but is treated by a recipient as constituting such limitation, (b) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such impairment; or (c) has none of the impairments defined in section one above, but is treated by a recipient as having such an impairment.

“Major life activities” include functions such as: caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working (this list is not exhaustive).

For information on Section 504, please contact the Section 504 Coordinator assigned to your child’s school (principal or assistant principal)  or the District's 504 Coordinator, Carolyn J. Wilson, Director of Student Services

Reading Public School Nurses are dedicated to promoting healthy children throughout our school district. Nursing Services will provide a safe environment for all students to enhance learning and the pursuit of health and academic achievement.

RMHS  
LYNN DUNN 781-942-9140 or x867
Director cell 781-820-6153
  RISE x838
   
RMHS  
MARY ELLEN KIRWAN 781-942-9140 or x140
Carmen O'Rourke - School Secretary 200 x809
   
COOLIDGE  
CINDY VENTURA 781-942-9158 or 158 x1080
Marianna Zanni - School Secretary 158 x1030
   
PARKER  
CAROL FIOCCO 781-944-1236 or 236 x322
Diane Finigan - School Secretary 236 x300
   
BARROWS  
CHRISTINE ROSE 781-942-9166 or 166 x3101
Donna Walsh - School Secretary 166 x3100
   
BIRCH MEADOW  
PEGGY COSTELLO 781-944-2335 or 335 x205
Carol Chapman - School Secretary 335 x202
   
EATON  
MARY GIULIANA 781-942-9161 or 161 x140
Amy Greco - School Secretary 161 x161
   
KILLAM  
SHARON GROTTKAU 781-944-7831 or 831 press 153
Priscilla Osterlind - School Secretary 831 x151
   
WOOD END  
LISA SUGLIA 781-942-5420 or 420 press 106
Lisa Finigan - School Secretary 420 x100
   
Lori Miller - Health Office Secretary 781-670-2883

 

Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health for ALL Our Students

https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/departments/behavioral-health/

Sara Burd, Director of Social and Emotional Learning

sara.burd@reading.k12.ma.us

Contact Us:

Carolyn Wilson
Director of Student Services
Phone
(781) 942-9129
Annmarie Foley
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Services
Phone
(781) 942-9129

Program Information

Special Education Program Information
Special Educations Laws and Regulations

Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Parent_Notice_of_Procedural_Safegaurds.pdf

Massachusetts Disabilities Definitions

Mass_Disabilities_Definitions.html.pdf

A Parent's Guide to Special Education

Parent_Guide_to_Special_Education.pdf

Special Education Parent Survey
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