Category Archives: PQA

Reminder about Massachusetts Law Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing – Office of Public School Monitoring

Office of Public School Monitoring

Reminder about Massachusetts Law Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing

To: Principals and Headmasters of Middle and High Schools, Charter School Leaders, Directors of Educational Collaboratives, Directors of Private Schools, Superintendents of Schools
From: Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education As part of the Commonwealth’s effort to support safe school environments for students, I want to take this opportunity to remind public and private secondary school leaders of the requirements in state law and regulation prohibiting the practice of hazing, and to offer guidance on ways to meet those requirements. … Read the rest

Special Approvals and Notice Requirements – Program Quality Assurance Services

Program Quality Assurance Services Compliance and Monitoring

Special Approvals and Notice Requirements

PQA has responsibilities to review and act upon certain applications, requests for waivers, and notifications required by Board of Education Regulations. The information and mandated forms below should be used in responding to these requirements.
Massachusetts Law Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing
  
2013-2014 Approval Procedures for Initial Applications – Massachusetts Public or Private Day or Residential Special Education School Programs
  
2016-2017 Re-Approval Procedures for Existing Approved Massachusetts Public Special Education Programs – (Due October 1, 2016)
Form 1 – Notification of Substantial Changes (Revised 2/13/2017)
  
Form 2 – Incident Report
  
Form 3 – Intent to Apply for Initial or Reconstructed Program Approval
Massachusetts Approved Private Special Education Schools
Policy Regarding Out-Of-State Special Education Programs
Approved Out-of-State Special Education Schools
  
Cover Letter: Request for Waiver Cover Sheet
  
Form B: Request for Waiver from Special Education Regulations Instructional Grouping Requirements Age Span 603 CMR 28.06(6)(f)
  
Form C: Request for Waiver from Special Education Regulations: Alternative Compliance 603 CMR 28.03(5)
  
Form C1: Request for Waiver from Special Education Regulations: Special Education Parent Advisory Councils 603 CMR 28.03(5)
  
Special Education Class Size Notification
  
Notification of Intent to Seek Approval for Individual Student Program and Request for Pricing Authorization
Memo regarding Revised Procedures to Use When Seeking ESE Approval for Individual Student Program and Request for Pricing Authorization
Student/Staff Restraint Injury Form (Revised 2/6/2017)
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Special Approvals and Notice Requirements – Program Quality Assurance Services

Program Quality Assurance Services
Compliance and Monitoring

Special Approvals and Notice Requirements

PQA has responsibilities to review and act upon certain applications, requests for waivers, and notifications required by Board of Education Regulations. The information and mandated forms below should be used in responding to these requirements.
Massachusetts Law Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing
  
2013-2014 Approval Procedures for Initial Applications – Massachusetts Public or Private Day or Residential Special Education School Programs
  
2016-2017 Re-Approval Procedures for Existing Approved Massachusetts Public Special Education Programs – (Due October 1, 2016)
Form 1 – Notification of Substantial Changes (Revised 2/13/2017)
  
Form 2 – Incident Report
  
Form 3 – Intent to Apply for Initial or Reconstructed Program Approval
Massachusetts Approved Private Special Education Schools
Policy Regarding Out-Of-State Special Education Programs
Approved Out-of-State Special Education Schools
  
Cover Letter: Request for Waiver Cover Sheet
  
Form B: Request for Waiver from Special Education Regulations Instructional Grouping Requirements Age Span 603 CMR 28.06(6)(f)
  
Form C: Request for Waiver from Special Education Regulations: Alternative Compliance 603 CMR 28.03(5)
  
Form C1: Request for Waiver from Special Education Regulations: Special Education Parent Advisory Councils 603 CMR 28.03(5)
  
Special Education Class Size Notification
  
Notification of Intent to Seek Approval for Individual Student Program and Request for Pricing Authorization
Memo regarding Revised Procedures to Use When Seeking ESE Approval for Individual Student Program and Request for Pricing Authorization
Student/Staff Restraint Injury Form (Revised 2/6/2017)
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Approved Out-of-State Special Education Schools as of As of January 11, 2016 – Program Quality Assurance Services

Program Quality Assurance Services
Compliance and Monitoring

Approved Out-of-State Special Education Schools
January 11, 2016

American School for the Deaf Educational Residential Program Educational Day Program Extended School Year Educational Day Program 139 North Main Street West Hartford, Connecticut 06107-1269 Approved: July 10, 2015 Expiration: July 10, 2018
The Becket Family of Services – Becket Academy in Maine Central Maine Learning Center (Educational Program) Becket House at Belgrade (Residential Program) Post Office Box 325 Orford, New Hampshire 03777 Approved: July 10, 2015 Expiration: July 10, 2018
The Becket Family of Services – Becket Academy in New Hampshire Mount Prospect Academy (Educational Program in Plymouth, New Hampshire) Mount Prospect Academy (Residential) Becket House at Campton (Residential) Becket House at Rumney (Residential) East Haverhill Academy- Pike (Residential) Becket House at Depot Street (Residential) Post Office Box 325 Orford, New Hampshire 03777 Approved: July 10, 2015 Expiration: July 10, 2018
Bradley Schools Bradley School Partnership Program Bradley School Providence Program Bradley School South County Program Bradley School Portsmouth Program Bradley Hospital, Heritage House (Residential) 225 Chapman Street Suite 302/Box 13 Providence, Rhode Island 02905-4533 Approved: Oct 27, 2014 Expiration: Oct 27, 2017
Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center Education Day Program Group Home Program 1 Verney Drive Greenfield, New Hampshire 03047 Approved: October 1, 2014 Expiration: Oct 1, 2017
Devereux-Ackerman Academy 1291 Stanley Road Kennesaw, Georgia 30152 Approved: January 30, 2015 Expiration: Jan 30, 2018
Devereux Glenholme School 81 Sabbaday Lane Washington, Connecticut 06793 Approved: July 9, 2015 Expiration: July 9, 2018
Easter Seals of New Hampshire Robert B.
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Approved Out-of-State Special Education Schools as of As of January 11, 2016 – Program Quality Assurance Services

Program Quality Assurance Services
Compliance and Monitoring

Approved Out-of-State Special Education Schools
January 11, 2016

 
American School for the Deaf Educational Residential Program Educational Day Program Extended School Year Educational Day Program 139 North Main Street West Hartford, Connecticut 06107-1269 Approved: July 10, 2015 Expiration: July 10, 2018
The Becket Family of Services – Becket Academy in Maine Central Maine Learning Center (Educational Program) Becket House at Belgrade (Residential Program) Post Office Box 325 Orford, New Hampshire 03777 Approved: July 10, 2015 Expiration: July 10, 2018
The Becket Family of Services – Becket Academy in New Hampshire Mount Prospect Academy (Educational Program in Plymouth, New Hampshire) Mount Prospect Academy (Residential) Becket House at Campton (Residential) Becket House at Rumney (Residential) East Haverhill Academy- Pike (Residential) Becket House at Depot Street (Residential) Post Office Box 325 Orford, New Hampshire 03777 Approved: July 10, 2015 Expiration: July 10, 2018
Bradley Schools Bradley School Partnership Program Bradley School Providence Program Bradley School South County Program Bradley School Portsmouth Program Bradley Hospital, Heritage House (Residential) 225 Chapman Street Suite 302/Box 13 Providence, Rhode Island 02905-4533 Approved: Oct 27, 2014 Expiration: Oct 27, 2017
Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center Education Day Program Group Home Program 1 Verney Drive Greenfield, New Hampshire 03047 Approved: October 1, 2014 Expiration: Oct 1, 2017
Devereux-Ackerman Academy 1291 Stanley Road Kennesaw, Georgia 30152 Approved: January 30, 2015 Expiration: Jan 30, 2018
Devereux Glenholme School 81 Sabbaday Lane Washington, Connecticut 06793 Approved: July 9, 2015 Expiration: July 9, 2018
Easter Seals of New Hampshire Robert B.
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Access to School Meals in Publicly Funded Out-of-District Programs

Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

Access to School Meals in Publicly Funded Out-of-District Programs

To: Superintendents of Schools, Administrators of Special Education, and Directors of Approved Private Special Education Schools
From: Kathleen C. Millett, Executive Director, Office for Nutrition, Health, and Safety Programs; Darlene Lynch, Director, Program Quality Assurance Services
Date: April 26, 2013
  This memorandum addresses a question that has been raised concerning the responsibility of Massachusetts school districts and approved private special education schools to have school meals available to students with disabilities who have been placed in out-of-district programs at public expense. … Read the rest

Reminder about Massachusetts Law Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing – Office of Public School Monitoring

Office of Public School Monitoring

Reminder about Massachusetts Law Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing

To:Principals and Headmasters of Middle and High Schools, Charter School Leaders, Directors of Educational Collaboratives, Directors of Private Schools, Superintendents of Schools
From: Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.,
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Date: May 31, 2016 As part of the Commonwealth’s effort to support safe school environments for students, I want to take this opportunity to remind public and private secondary school leaders of the requirements in state law and regulation prohibiting the practice of hazing, and to offer guidance on ways to meet those requirements. … Read the rest

Question and Answer Guide on the Implementation of Educational Services in the Home or Hospital 603 CMR 28.03(3)(c) and 28.04(4)

Program Quality Assurance Services
Compliance and Monitoring

Question and Answer Guide on the Implementation of Educational Services in the Home or Hospital
603 CMR 28.03(3)(c) and 28.04(4)

Issued February 1999
Revised February 2005

1. What is the Intent of the Massachusetts Regulations on Educational Services in the Home or Hospital?

The Massachusetts regulation requiring educational services in the home or hospital is 603 CMR 28.03(3)(c). … Read the rest