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The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each school district every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations.

CHESHIRE — During the week of March 14, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Hoosac Valley Regional School District.

The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations.

Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program Team process, and IEP development and implementation.

Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the on-site visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process.

The review chairperson from the Office of PSM will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report.

During the on-site review, the Office of PSM will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Other on-site activities might include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records and on-site observations.

Parents and other individuals can call Sandra Hanig, PSM chairperson, at 413-314-6707 to request a telephone interview.

If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the on-site visit, the review chairperson will provide the school district with a report with information about areas in which the school district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the school district requires assistance to correct or improve practices.

The public will be able to access the report at doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at

413-496-6256 or jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com.

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.