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.
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.
ELL Coordinator, K-12 ELL Teacher
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.
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.
- “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).
- “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.
- “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.
|LYNN DUNN||781-942-9140 or x867|
|Director||RISE x 838|
|MARY ELLEN KIRWAN||781-942-9140 or x140|
|Carmen O'Rourke - School Secretary||200 x809|
|CINDY VENTURA||781-942-9158 or 158 x1080|
|Marianna Zanni - School Secretary||158 x1030|
|Kate Shmulsky||781-944-1236 or 236 x322|
|Diane Finigan - School Secretary||236 x300|
|CHRISTINE ROSE||781-942-9166 or 166 x3101|
|Donna Walsh - School Secretary||166 x3100|
|PEGGY COSTELLO||781-944-2335 or 335 x205|
|Carol Chapman - School Secretary||335 x202|
|MARY GIULIANA||781-942-9161 or 161 x140|
|Amy Greco - School Secretary||161 x161|
|SHARON GROTTKAU||781-944-7831 or 831 press 153|
|Jo-Ann Moriarty - School Secretary||831 x151|
|LISA SUGLIA||781-942-5420 or 420 press 106|
|Lisa Finigan - School Secretary||420 x100|
|Lori Miller - Health Office Secretary||781-670-2883|
Special Education Program Information
Special Education Parent Survey
The Reading Public Schools is seeking the input of parents in the special education process. Please complete the attached survey following an IEP team meeting for your child. This survey allows the District to hear about the parent perspective in each IEP team meeting.
Parents are always welcome to meet with the Director of Student Services about your experiences with special education staff.
Thank you for your time in completing this survey.
Observation Request Form
Release of Information Form