• Special Education


    The Webster Public Schools Student Services Department oversees the delivery of Special Education services for students with special needs, ages 3 to 22, as required by Massachusetts General Law 71B, State regulation 603CMR 28.00 and Federal regulation 603 CFR 300.

    Special Education includes the evaluation of students who are suspected of having a disability to determine their eligibility for services. While it is ideal for students to be considered for referral through the Student Support Team (SST) at each building, parents/guardians have the right to request an evaluation of their child at any time, either through the attending school or directly through the Student Services Department.

    Evaluations are conducted in the suspected area of disability. An educational team, made up of school-based professionals and the parent or guardian of the student, must determine that a student meets all three criteria to qualify for Special Education: 1. the Team must establish that the child does in fact have a disability. 2. the Team must establish a relationship between the student's disability and the his/her inability to progress effectively in regular education and 3. the Team must determine that the student requires specially designed instruction in order to progress in the general education curriculum.

    For students with disabilities who are found eligible under the law, services are implemented through an Individual Education Program (IEP). Special Education intervention is individually designed based on the child’s specific needs as identified by the educational team. The objective of Special Education is to provide the support services necessary for students with disabilities to participate and progress in the general education curriculum with their peers. The Webster Public Schools are committed to assisting students found eligible for Special Education by providing services in the least restrictive environment (LRE).  The Student Services Department accomplishes this by providing a continuum of services and programs for students from ages three to twenty-two in all schools and throughout the community.

    For additional information, please contact your child’s team chairperson or the Student Services Department at the administrative offices:
    Webster Public School Administrative Offices
    77 Poland  Street
    Webster, MA 01570

    Telephone Number: (508) 943-3646

    Director of Student Support Services: Kathleen Baris, ext. 40022
    Administrative Assistant to the Director: Maria Santerre, ext. 40021
    Administrative Assistant: Lynn Bent, ext. 40020
    Evaluation Team Chairperson Pre-K and Out of District: Lisa Petrell-Delude, ext. 40025
    Evaluation Team Chairperson, K - 3, Dan Zimmer, ext 40024
    Evaluation Team Chairperson, 4 - 7, Shari Haire, (508) 943-1922
    Evaluation Team Chairperson, 8 - 12: Donna Hurton, (508) 943-8552 ext. 34019
    School Psychologist: Alicja Czerwinska (508) 943-1922 ext. 1111
    School Psychologist: Christine Desjardin 508-943-1922

Special Education Announcements

  • Notice of Destruction of Student Records - Febraury 2020

    Webster Public Schools
    February 18, 2020

    In compliance with Massachusetts Student Records Regulation, the Webster Public School District will destroy the Special Education records of any Webster student who transferred, graduated, withdrew or terminated from Special Education programs or services prior to June 30, 2012. This is in accordance with …

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  • Special Education Parent Advisory Council

    The Webster Public Schools Special Education Department is please to provide this information regarding the Special Education Parent Advisory Council. The council was re-established as of October 2013 and regular monthly meetings and trainings are scheduled throughout the year. Elections are held in May of each year. The following parents are officers to the council. They are: President: Brandy …

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    This notice is provided in compliance with State and Federal regulations for conducting Child Find activities in order to identify students who may be in need of an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services. Parents/guardians of children ages 3-22, who reside in Webster and feel their child is in need of an evaluation for determination of eligibility for special …

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