State officials plan routine special education and civil rights review of Haverhill schools

State education officials plan to conduct a routine examination of Haverhill public schools in February, and parents are urged to play a role.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public Schools Supervision undertakes what it calls a “targeted multi-level supervisory review” focused on verifying compliance with federal and state education regulations. special and civil rights.

Officials visit every district and charter school every three years. The Haverhill exam takes place the week of February 14. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determining eligibility, the individualized education program team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of examination related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

During the examination, the chairman of the district special education parent advisory council will be interviewed. Other on-site activities may include interviews with district staff and administrators, review of student records, and other observations.

As part of the review, all parents of students with disabilities will be asked to complete an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. The results will contribute to the development of a report. Parents and others can call Andrew MacKenzie, president of public school oversight, at 781-338-3761 to request a phone interview. The Department will arrange for those who require accommodation, such as translation, to attend an interview.

A report will be available approximately two months after the visit.

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