District Calendar:

January 2015
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January 01, 2015

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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January 02, 2015

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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January 05, 2015

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 07, 2015

8:30a.m. - 11:59p.m. BOE Meeting - Budget Work Session
Westport Library, McManus Room
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7:00p.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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January 08, 2015

10:00a.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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7:00p.m. SHS Junior Parent Night
Staples High School Auditorium
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January 12, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 1& 4 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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January 13, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 2 & 3 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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12:00p.m. Internet Safety Workshop
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7:00p.m. Internet Safety Workshop
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 14, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 6 & 7 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SPED 8th Grade Parent Night
Staples High School Faculty Dining Room
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7:00p.m. SES 5th Grade Orchestra, 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert
Saugatuck Elementary School
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7:00p.m. CES 5th Grade Band/Orchestra, 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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January 15, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 5 & 8 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SHS Junior Parent Night SNOW DATE
Staples High School Auditorium
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January 16, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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No School Students/Staff Development Day (All Day Event)
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January 17, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Day NO SCHOOL (All Day Event)
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January 20, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam Make-Up Day (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SPED 8th Grade Parent Night SNOW DATE
Staples High School Faculty Dining Room
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 21, 2015

7:00p.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11 SNOWDATE
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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January 22, 2015

10:00a.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11 SNOWDATE
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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7:00p.m. SES 4th Grade Orchestra/5th Grade Band Concert
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7:00p.m. GFS January Concert 4th Grade Orchestra/5th Grade Band
Greens Farms School
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7:00p.m. CES 4th Grade Orchestra Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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January 23, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival SNOW DATE (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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January 24, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival SNOW DATE (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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SAT Exam - SHS is NOT a test site (All Day Event)
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January 26, 2015

7:30p.m. Benefit Concert for the Orphenians
Staples High School Auditorium
featuring Westport native and Broadway star Adam Kaplan (Newsies) and Friends
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January 27, 2015

7:00p.m. SHS/CMS Jazz Concert
Staples High School
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January 29, 2015

7:00p.m. 8th Grade Parent Night
Staples High School Auditorium
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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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.