District Calendar:

April 2014
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April 01, 2014

SHS First Day, Qtr 4 (All Day Event)
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April 03, 2014

7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
Coleytown Middle School Auditorium
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April 04, 2014

All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
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7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
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April 05, 2014

All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
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All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
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1:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
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2:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
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April 06, 2014

2:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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April 07, 2014

3:30p.m. Spring Choral Festival Rehearsal
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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April 08, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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1:30p.m. Spring Choral Festival Rehearsal
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7:00p.m. Spring Choral Concert
Staples High School
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April 09, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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April 10, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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April 12, 2014

ACT - SHS is NOT a site (All Day Event)
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April 14, 2014

School IS in session for ALL Staff and Students (All Day Event)
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April 15, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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April 16, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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April 17, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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April 18, 2014

Good Friday - No School (All Day Event)
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April 22, 2014

6:00p.m. GFS, LL & SES grade 5 to 6 BMS Transition Presentation
Bedford Middle School
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6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. CES & KHS Grade 5 to 6 Transition Presentation
Coleytown Middle School
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April 23, 2014

7:00p.m. Dallas Brass Concert
Staples High School Auditorium
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April 24, 2014

7:30a.m. Sophomore Parent Coffee SHS
SHS Cafeteria
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3:15p.m. World Language Honor Society Awards
Staples High School Library
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6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. Coleytown Middle School Art Show
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April 25, 2014

8:30a.m. Sophomore Parent Coffee SHS
SHS Cafeteria
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April 26, 2014

One Act Festival SHS (All Day Event)
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April 27, 2014

One Act Festival SHS (All Day Event)
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April 28, 2014

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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April 29, 2014

6:30p.m. Staples High School High Honors Dinner
Staples High School
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April 30, 2014

7:30p.m. SHS Grades 11 & 12 Spring Concert
Staples HIgh School
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The Referral Process


THE REFERRAL PROCESS:  BEGINNING THE PARTNERSHIP

"Children bring unique abilities, strengths, and styles of learning to the educational setting. When a child has difficulty in school. it may be noticed by the teacher, other school personnel, the parents or the child.


What happens when a teacher has concerns?
If a teacher has concerns with a child's school performance, he or she may request assistance from the Student Assistance Team. The Student Assistance Team is a general education initiative designed to support teachers through strategies and suggestions for students who are experiencing difficulty in regular education. If the student's performance continues to raise concerns the teacher will refer the student to the Pupil Study Team (PST). The PST, composed of the classroom teacher, special education teacher and other school personnel as needed (speech therapist, psychologist), work with the classroom teacher to suggest alternative intervention strategies for helping the child. Though this is not a special education process, it is required before a referral for special education (except in emergencies). Parents are made aware of this process before it is initiated. After alternative strategies have been used, the teacher and other involved school personnel evaluate the child's school performance and determine whether the alternative strategies are successful and should continue. Very often, many problems are resolved at this level.

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If, after a series of interventions, the team members believe a full evaluation may be necessary, they request an IEP team meeting with the parents to discuss the need for evaluation. This is a formal process, that follows state and federal guidelines, to which parents must be invited. This referral "starts the clock" with mandated timelines .

Special education law requires the school to meet strict time deadlines in evaluating a child and formulating an appropriate IEP. After the initial referral, the school must complete its evaluation and formulate an IEP, if appropriate, within 45 school days (excluding weekends, holidays, school vacations and the time required to obtain written parental consent). As is explained below, a parent may also initiate a referral that will "start the clock running." The initial referral that begins this 45-day period can take place at any time during the school year, even if there are not 45 days left before the end of the school year. In that case, the time remaining on the 45-day period when summer vacation begins will be counted starting the following fall when school reconvenes.

What happens when a parent has concerns?
The parent may also make a request for a special education evaluation by writing a letter to the teacher leader/assistant principal at the school your child attends. It is wise to date your request and keep a copy for your records. You may also verbally request a referral, however, a letter provides proof that a referral was indeed made. Upon the receipt of the request for evaluation, the team will meet to consider the request. A request for evaluation does not automatically trigger an evaluation. The team will meet and discuss the reasons for the request and determine if an evaluation is warranted. If the team decides to refer for evaluation, the same process outlined above would then be followed. If the parents disagree with the team's decision regarding the evaluation, they may refuse consent or exercise their due process rights.

Timelines

From the initial referral:

  • 45 school days to special education implementation (minus the time needed to obtain permission)
  • 60 schools days to special education implementation for students in private schools (minus the time needed to obtain permission)

Parents should receive written notice of a referral for special education evaluation made by school personnel within 5 days after the referral is made.