Special Education Programs and Services
The Masconomet Regional School District provides a variety of programs and related services for eligible special education students. Local options for special education students are modified and adapted each year to meet the needs of the student population.
Learning Center - Students in the Middle School may receive special education services in small group classes or inclusion classes. The Special Education staff provide these services in a number of settings including: general education/inclusion classrooms, academic support lab classes, Learning Center English and Math classes, or Learning Resource Center classes and labs. Support services provide students with assistance mastering concepts presented in their academic classes and/or remediation of basic skills needed for successful participation in their academic classes. Learning Center and Learning Resource Center classes taught by special education teachers offer an alternative for those students unable to meet even the modified requirements of the general education classes.
Academic Support Center - Both in Lower House (grades 9-10) and the Upper House (grades 11-12) provide support for high school students through anAcademicSupportCenter. Students are provided with tutorial support to assist them in meeting the requirements of their mainstream classes. In addition, instruction is provided for students with general education weaknesses in various areas such as reading, writing, organizational skills and study skills. Students typically receive support on a daily basis as specified in their Individual Education Programs.
Accommodation in the General Education Classes Only - Students who have demonstrated the ability to make effective progress in general education without direct support services from a resource room staff, but who require accommodations only in the general education classes, and have a diagnosed disability may qualify for a Section 504 plan - this is a general education option.
Adaptive Physical Education - The Adaptive Physical Education services focus on the use of movement to help students improve gross motor skills. Working with small groups, the Physical Education teacher provides motivational activities including sports, games, and conditioning exercises.
Speech and Language Therapist - The Speech and Language Therapists provide services for students in Grades 7-12 who are experiencing significant difficulties with expressive and/or receptive language. These staff members also provide speech and language assessments for students.School Counselors - School Adjustment Counselors are available to provide school-related counseling support for identified students. They each provide individual and small group counseling as well as crisis intervention and outreach work for students with special needs.
Physical Therapist - The Physical Therapist provides support services to students with physical challenges related to functioning in the school environment. Areas addressed may include strength, muscle tone, endurance, balance and range of motion.
School Psychologist - TheSchool Psychologists work with staff, parents and colleagues, and conducts assessments. They also provide referral information and consultation to parents, students, administrators and teachers.
School Nurse - The School Nurses conduct school health services, administer medication (including necessary psychotropic medications) according to the guidelines of the Department of Public Health and assist with physical examinations, immunizations and regular screening for vision, hearing, scoliosis, height and weight and district screening program. In addition, the school nurses can inform the TEAM about health-related matters and developmental history.
Occupational Therapist - The Occupational Therapist assesses the development of fine and gross motor skills as well as visual-perceptual motor development. Problems in these areas might result in poor handwriting, lack of normal dexterity, and difficulties in eye/hand coordination. The therapist develops remedial programs when necessary and provides direct therapy or consultation and supervision as necessary.
Transition Specialist - The Transition Specialist works with students to assist them in preparing for their transition from Masconomet High School to the post-secondary world of work or higher education. She works with teachers and counselors to provide training in job skills, social skills, and other life skills needed for a successful transition.
Consortium Programs - The Masconomet Regional School District is a member of the Northshore Education Consortium and the Greater Lawrence Collaborative, which provide programs and services for students with low incidence educational needs. Information regarding these programs and services is available from the Director of Pupil Personnel Services.
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