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Extended School Year (ESY) For Summer 2019

For those of you already thinking summer and actively searching for summer camps, planning day trips or scheduling vacations, we too have begun thinking summer. We have started our Extended School Year planning.

Extended School Year (ESY) is not Summer Camp; so what is ESY?

At least annually, each student’s Team must consider the need for an extended school year and record its determination in the IEP. A Team’s determination regarding the need for an ESY program must be made on an individual basis. ESY in Massachusetts, based on federal law, is designed to provide a free and appropriate public education to children with disabilities who would experience substantial regression because of interruption in their instructional program. ESY services are focused on goal areas included in the student’s IEP and based on their disability.

Please note, that just because a student has received ESY services in the past, this fact alone will not qualify the student to receive ESY services in the future. The need for ESY and meeting “substantial regression” criteria must be examined yearly and is typically determined in the spring.

Please click on the following link for further information and guidance on ESY services:
For most of the students with disabilities who qualify,
Holliston’s 2019 ESY dates are July 8th - August 8th, Monday-Thursday.

Please be sure to contact your liaison if you have any questions regarding ESY or if ESY has not been discussed at your student’s annual Team meeting.

The Office of Student Services, in collaboration with building administrators, coordinates and oversees excellent services for the students of Holliston in the areas of Special Education, Section 504, Education for Homeless or Foster Students, and Home/Hospital Services. 

The Director of Student Services office is located at Holliston Public Schools Central Office, 370 Hollis Street, Holliston, MA 01746

For Information regarding any of our services for students please refer to the link provided or contact either the building Principal, building Student Services Administrator (SSA) or Director of Student Services.

Holliston Public School Coordinated Program Review Results

For a complete report on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education findings based on Holliston’s Coordinated Program Review clink the link below. The Department’s Coordinated Review Program addresses the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights and English Language Learner Education. The CPR process consisted of a two year review of Holliston’s procedures and services, including review of student records, interviews with staff and parents, parent surveys, and observation of classrooms. Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report rates the implementations of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements were not found implemented or only partially implemented, Holliston proposed a corrective action plan to the Department. Holliston was one of the few districts that received a rare rating of “Commendable”.  

SE 32 ,Commendable:

A review of documents and interviews with parents and administration indicated that the district has established a special education parent advisory council (PAC), which includes by-laws, the election of officers, and operational procedures. The PAC sends a booklet/welcome kit to parents whose children have been determined eligible for special education. These welcome kits, which have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, are printed by the high school’s transition program and are stocked in each school and at the public library. In addition to have a PAC representative assigned to each school, PAC members also regularly attend School Committee meetings. The district frequently collaborates with the PAC executive committee, providing space for meetings, membership to a statewide organization that provides information, training, and networking opportunities; and a web page on the district’s website. The PAC also has a Facebook page, where links to a variety of workshops, websites, and articles are posted. The PAC partners with the district’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and with neighboring districts to present parent education events. The district also conducts, in cooperation with the PAC, at least one workshop annually within the district on the rights of students and their parents and guardians under the state and federal special education laws.

Director of Student Services 
Meg Camire 508-429-0661x1 

Executive Assistant to the Student Services Director
Carol Marble
508-429-0654 x1136