New- DESE back to school Information for Parents:
The Berlin-Boylston Schools are currently accepting applications for its Integrated Preschool Program. The school district is looking for children who will be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2020. The Berlin and Boylston preschool programs include both a 2-day and a 3-day option. The Program descriptions can be found on the district’s website at https://www.bbrsd.org/Page/1203 or under the student services tab and select Preschool Information on the left sidebar. Tuition for these programs is currently set at $2,520 for the 3-Day Program and $1,680 for the 2-Day Program.
Parents may pick up an application form at any of the district schools. Forms may also be accessed through our website at the link mentioned above. Completed application forms must be received or brought to Tahanto by no later than 1:30 pm on January 6, 2020.
If you would like your child to participate in the optional preschool screening, please contact Jannel Fitzpatrick, Preschool and Special Education Coordinator, and she will schedule you for an appointed time. Jannel may be reached at 508-869-2333, ext. 2320 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screening is done in a play atmosphere and allows us to get a snapshot of your child’s capabilities and can be particularly helpful if you have concerns regarding your child’s development or ability to learn. Parents will be given feedback on their child’s performance and will be notified if concerns arise from the screening.
The screening will take place at the Tahanto Preschool, 1001 Main St., Boylston, MA on January 6th at your appointed time. The deadline to schedule this screening has been extended to Friday, December 20th.
Community Resources for Motor Skills Development
Our Physical therapist, Mary Jo Flatley, has developed a list of free and low-cost activities to support motor development. Many are available nearby to families and are fun weekend activities that also support improved motor skills.
If you have or know of a child, who is age 3 or 4, and may have a substantial disability which may interfere with their educational progress when he/she enters school..
If you know of a boy or girl with a disability under the age of 22 who has dropped out of school without a diploma please CONTACT THE OFFICE OF PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES FOR INFORMATION Regarding eligibility and referrals. You may reach this office by calling 508-869-2837 Ext. 1106, or writing to 215 Main St, Boylston, MA 01505-2023.
From DESE, Commissioner's Weekly Update – February 24, 2017:
The changes at the federal level this week have not changed the protections in place for transgender students in Massachusetts. States can issue their own guidance, which can exceed federal guidelines. The Massachusetts state statute, which predates the federal guidance, ensures protections for all students and prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. An Act Relative to Gender Identity (Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011), amended several Massachusetts statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of specified categories, including gender identity, and subsequently, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidance (http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/lgbtq/GenderIdentity.pdf) to school districts to implement the gender identity provision. Additional resources are available at http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/lgbtq/default.html.
Records Destruction Notice: 2009-2010 recordsThe Office of Pupil Personnel Services for the Berlin and Boylston Public Schools will be destroying student files with a June 2014 graduation date. The temporary records have been held for seven years and the anticipated date of records destruction is June 30, 2021. Additional files to be destroyed are those of students who have moved or left the school districts during the 2009 - 2010 school year. Should you wish to obtain your special education temporary record, you may do so by calling the Office of Pupil Personnel Services at 508-869-2837 Ext. 1106 by May 31, 2021. Your file may also be mailed to you for a fee.