FITCHBURG — Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District is set to undergo a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring.
According to a recent press release, school districts and charter schools receive a visit from PSM every three years. The visits are to monitor compliance with federal and state regulations on special education and civil rights. This review is set to happen during the week of March 13.
Monty Tech said special education review areas include student assessments and determination of eligibility. The Individualized Education Program is also a major area of review including development and implementation.
On the civil rights side, Monty Tech said the review focuses on bullying, student discipline, physical restraint and equal access to school programs for all students.
The PSM review process also includes parent outreach, Monty Tech said. All parents of students with disabilities will receive an online survey, focusing on key areas of their child’s special education program, which will be used to develop a report.
In addition, PSM will interview the chair of Monty Tech’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council and may also interview district staff and administrators. Student records may also be reviewed and onsite observations may be made.
Parents or others looking to request a phone interview with Charles Agong, the PSM chair, can do so by calling 781-338-3755. Accomodations, such as translation, may be made if necessary to participate in an interview.
Approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the district will be provided with a report on where improvements are needed and where it meets or exceeds regulatory requirements. The report will be publicly accessible at doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.