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Students are screened for possible enrollment in CES Programs at the request of the Special Education Director or Department in the student’s local public school district, and upon receipt of the referral packet by CES.
Parents who may be interested in CES Programs for their child should contact the Special Education Director in their local public school system.
Once a referral is received at the Collaborative, a Program Coordinator is assigned the responsibility of screening the potential student and will contact the Special Education Director of the referring town to confirm appropriateness of the student for enrollment. School staff wishing to arrange a visit to a particular program prior to a referral should contact the Special Education Program Director at the Collaborative office.
The referral and selection process may include a presentation of the program to parents, including a tour of the school site or program and an opportunity to talk with staff. Students are typically part of the visit. Recommendations for the optimal student support come as a result of the student’s IEP, evaluation of the student’s needs, and the team process.
Referrals should be sent by schools and school districts to the Special Education Office:
Office of Special Education
228 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060
413.586.4900, Option 4 Phone