Student Services Department
Contact the Student Services Department
Central Office Staff:
to the Student Services Director
Phone: (978) 448-5505 ext.3820
Marla De La Cruz
Coordinator of Behavioral Health & Related Services
Phone: (978) 448-5505
Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Announcement: Special Education and Civil Rights Tiered Focus Monitoring
During the week of May 8, 2023 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Groton Dunstable Regional School District. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school 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 (IEP) 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 onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring 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 onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairpersons(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call Charles Agong, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3753 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 onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the District with a report with information about areas in which the District meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the District requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.
Family and Staff Resources
For all documents related to the Student Services Department, including the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan, Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards, and others, please visit the Student Services Documents folder.
GDRSD Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
To view the GDRSD Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan or to report an incident of bullying, cyberbullying, retaliation, harassment, hate, and/or bias, please click the button below:
Department of Developmental Services Residential Prevention Program
The DESE/DDS Program is a wraparound program designed to provide intensive home and family supports in order to reduce the need for restrictive, residential placement for students. Students work in their homes with Skill Trainers and other therapists to develop life-long skills.
For more information, please click here.
To view the application, please click here.
GDRSD District Curriculum Accommodation Plan
This plan, developed by the district’s general education program, is intended to guide school personnel in ensuring that all possible efforts have been made to meet student needs in the general education program.
To view the GDRSD District Curriculum Accommodation Plan, please click here.
Groton-Dunstable Special Education Parent Advisory Council
The Groton-Dunstable SEPAC’s mission is to provide a network in which families of children with special needs have access to relevant information, training, and emotional support and to encourage an atmosphere of effective communication, understanding, and mutual respect among all students, parents, educators and the community-at-large. Please visit the Groton-Dunstable Special Education Parent Advisory Council webpage.