Special Education / Pupil Personnel Services

Dear Parents/Guardians—
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I hope everyone is holding up during this first week of school closure, and that you are all staying healthy and safe.

I am writing today to let you know that our PPS Administrators (Team Chairs) are beginning to offer to hold IEP Team meetings remotely. Parents should keep an eye out for an email from their Team Chair, to connect with them, explain the process and find a mutually agreeable date and time to hold the meeting.  Once the meeting is scheduled, the Team Chair will send an email with the log-in information and/or an access code so families can join the meeting along with the rest of the school-based team.  

Team Chairs will be asking parents to verify a preferred email, as our PPS office staff will be sending the IEPs and/or related notices electronically in a PDF attachment once the meeting is completed.  Responses (accept/reject/reject in part) will also be collected and recorded electronically, via the email chain. The procedure for selecting a response will be outlined in the email, but please don’t hesitate to contact the team chair with questions. 

PPS recognizes that virtual meetings and phone conferences are new ways of communicating and interacting, and we don’t want families to worry about being unfamiliar or unsure.  The Team Chairs are new at this, too, and they are happy to help answer any questions families may have.  While we do encourage families to give remote meetings a chance for success, if they prefer to wait until school resumes to hold a face-to-face meeting, that is perfectly fine.  They simply need to tell their Team Chair of their preference and the meeting will be scheduled when school reopens. 

Please note that at the start of each remote meeting, the Team Chair will be asking each meeting participant to confirm that they understand that the meetings are confidential. 

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact your Team Chair or me.  The fastest way to reach me is dconnerty@salemk12.org

Be well-


Welcome to the Salem Public Schools' Pupil Personnel Service Department. The Pupil Personnel Service Department (PPS) oversees the district's large network of special education providers and services that work to ensure that each child is provided a free and appropriate education in accordance with special education law (IDEA 2004). 

This large community of professionals work together so that each child with special needs is provided a least restrictive education that fosters their ability to develop skills and utilize strengths. It is our mission to see every child with a disability thrive within their learning environment. The success of a child with special education needs relies on coordination of a variety of personnel from identification through intervention. Please explore the special education menu to learn more about the educators, processes, services, and initiatives offered to increase the educational, social, emotional, and adaptive successes of our students with special education needs. 

If you are in need of more information please call 978-740-1249, or contact a PPS staff member, so that we may direct your question or concern to the most appropriate person. Beginning January 2, 2019, the PPS office located in Ste. 115 of the Collins Middle School, will be open and staffed from 8:00am-4:00pm.

Thank you,

Deborah Connerty,
PPS Director

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