Special Education and Pupil Services

Department of Special Education and English Learner Education 

Director of Special Education

Special Education Director

Jessica Bolduc is a native of Ware and a Ware Junior Senior High School graduate.  She began her teaching career at Cottage Hill Academy, a residential/day treatment program and school for students with social emotional, behavioral and educational needs.  At Cottage Hill, she instructed middle and high school courses in various subjects.  Ms. Bolduc then went on to a position in the Ware Public Schools at the Stanley M. Koziol Elementary School as a grade 1 special education teacher.  Throughout her career at Ware Public Schools she was also employed as mentor teacher, K-3 special education extended school year teacher and academic tutor for students in grades 3-6.   She currently serves as the Director of Special Education and Coordinator of English Learner Education.

Ms. Bolduc holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Westfield State University, majoring in Elementary Education and Liberal studies with a concentration in Spanish. In addition, she holds a Master of Education Degree from Fitchburg State University, majoring in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Special Education. 

Ms. Bolduc is also actively involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts, serving on the Games Management Team.  


COVID-19

COVID-19 Special Education and English Learner Education Information and Resources

Information 

Remote and Virtual Special Education and English Learner Education Supports and Services Notice to Parents and Guardians (April 6, 2020) (English)

Remote and Virtual Special Education and English Learner Education Supports and Services Notice to Parents and Guardians (April 6, 2020) (Spanish)

United States Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Q & A (March 20, 2020) 

Letter to Parents and Guardians from Ware Public Schools Director of Special Education and Coordinator of English Learner Education (March 16, 2020)( English) 

Letter to Parents and Guardians from Ware Public Schools Director of Special Education and Coordinator of English Learner Education (March 16, 2020) (Spanish)

Ware Public Schools Department of Special Education and English Learner Education Home Technology Survey 

Enrichment Resources 

Ware Public Schools Special Education and English Leaner Education Enrichment Resources

Free Resources for Schools to Help Provide E-learning to English Learners (Compiled and shared by the Illinois State Board of Education Multilingual Department)

Model MeTM  Free Social Skills Apps for Children and Teens with Autism

 



Child Find

Special Education Notice    
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004) and Massachusetts Special Education Regulations, 603 CMR 28.00, the Ware Public Schools provides screenings and/or evaluations for all children residing in Ware, between the ages of 3-21, when parents, caretakers, and/or teachers suspect the presence of a disability.  The purpose of the evaluation is to determine eligibility for Special Education services.  This notice applies to children residing in Ware who attend either public or private schools, including homeschooled students. Ware Public Schools is also committed to identifying children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year-olds with disabilities. If you suspect that your child may have an educational disability, please contact the Department of Special Education at 413-967-4271. 

Section 504 Notice 
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination in publicly funded activities the Ware Public Schools has a responsibility to identify refer, evaluate, and if eligible, provide access to public education to student with impairments in its jurisdiction. For additional information about the rights or parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the Department of Special Education at 413-967-4271.
   

Special Education Updates

2019-2020 Proportionate Share Meeting Invitation: Leaders of Private Schools and Parents of Private School and Home School Students

2019-2020 Welcome Letter


2019-2020 Welcome Letter (Spanish)

2018-2019 Proportionate Share Meeting Invitation: Leaders of Private Schools and Parents of Private School and Home Schooled Students

2018-2019 Special Education Welcome Letter 

2018-2019 Special Education Welcome Letter (Spanish)

2017-2018 Proportionate Share Meeting Invitation: Leaders of Private Schools and Parents of Private School and Home School Students

2017-2018 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Parent Engagement Survey

2017-2018 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Parent Engagement Survey (Spanish)

2017-2018 Special Education Welcome Letter

2017-2018 Special Education Welcome Letter (Spanish)

 


 

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Massachusetts Special Education Regulation 603 CMR 28.07 (4) requires each school district to create a Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). The SEPAC advises the school district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities and participates in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district's special education programs.

Ware Public Schools has received an Alternative Compliance Waiver for the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).  In lieu of a SEPAC, the District will hold a series of parent training and participation events.  We welcome and encourage your participation and input.  It is essential to ensuring the success of the Special Education Program at Ware Public Schools.

For guidance on reestablishing the Ware Special Education Parent Advisory Council (WSEPAC) or for information on parent participation and training events, contact Jessica Bolduc, Director of Special Education, at (413) 967-4271.

Ware Parent Advisory Council Survey

Ware Parent Training and Participation Event Notices

PTPE Notice- February 2020
PTPE Notice- February 2020 (Spanish)

PTPE Notice- September 2019 
PTPE Notice- September 2019 (Spanish)

PTPE Notice- January 2019
PTPE Notice January 2019 (Spanish)
PTPE Notice- October 2018
PTPE Notice- October 2018 (Spanish)

Ware Parent Advisory Council (WPAC) Notices 

WPAC Notice- May 2018
WPAC Notice- May 2018 (Spanish)
WPAC Notice- April 2018
WPAC Notice- April (Spanish)
WPAC Notice- March 2018
WPAC Notice- March 2018 (Spanish)
WPAC Notice- February 2018
WPAC Notice- February 2018 (Spanish)
WPAC Notice- January 2018
WPAC Notice- January 2018 (Spanish)
WPAC Notice- November 2017
WPAC Notice- November 2017 (Spanish)
WPAC Notice - October 2017 WPAC Notice - October 2017 (Spanish)


Additional Documents and Resources              


 

It is the policy of the Ware Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity,  homelessness, military service, union activity or genetics in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Chapter 622 of the Massachusetts General Laws, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, M.G.L. c. 71A and c. 76, s. 5. 

 

 

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