Special Education

March 31, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Educating our children involves a school, home and community partnership. On behalf of our special education teachers and related services providers, I want to thank you for your continued support during this most challenging time. Although school is not open in the traditional sense, we remain committed to our students with special education needs through continued communication and provision of alternative learning opportunities.

Our special education teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, speech pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists are working diligently to connect with parents and students to provide their services and support to the greatest extent feasible in this challenging time. They are supporting students both individually and in groups with a variety of technology. They are communicating with parents and students via Parent Square, and are also utilizing phone calls and emails. Their focus remains on supporting students with IEP’s as regular education students and facilitating their progress toward individual goals. Please continue to communicate with your child’s teachers and therapists so that they can determine how best to support you and your child. I am meeting regularly with our staff to monitor their efforts and to help troubleshoot any obstacles.

I am also in frequent communication with our out of district placement sites, who are all providing alternative learning opportunities. If your child attends one of these schools, please continue to communicate with them in the format they have developed. If you are having difficulty with this, please email me so that I can facilitate an improved connection.

We are conducting annual review and triennial PPT’s whenever possible. Although the state has given us some leeway with timelines, we feel it is best to try to conduct these meetings during the closure. If you have a PPT coming up, you can expect to hear from the district regarding scheduling and the logistics of participation.

Thank you for your continued support, devotion to your children and collaboration with our staff as we navigate this new way of learning. My virtual door is always open. Please feel free to contact me to arrange a time to discuss any of your successes, challenges, or suggestions.

Kris Drew
Special Education Director

Staff Contacts

NamePhoneJob Title
Kristine B. Drew(860) 963-6900 ext. 4019

Director of Special Education

Heidi L. Clifford

(860) 963-6900 ext. 4021

Student Services Secretary