Student Services

 “TEAMwork - Working Together for One Child at a Time”

During the week of May 6, 2019, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Ashland Public Schools. 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 chairperson(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 contact Doreen Donovan-Barbera, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 3725 or 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 Ashland Public Schools with a report with information about areas in which the Ashland Public Schools meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the Ashland Public Schools requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at                          Español          Português


Special Education services are available to students from ages 3 through 21 who have been diagnosed with disabilities and require specialized instruction in order to make effective progress in accessing curriculum. Individualized special education programs (IEPs) are cooperatively developed by the student's individual planning team lead by a TEAM chairperson, which includes parents, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, and/or other specialists. These TEAMs make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.

Many times the Special Education process can seem confusing to parents with new language, rules, expectations and forms. If, at any time, you have a question or concern regarding your child's progress or IEP do not hesitate to contact the Special Education TEAM Chairperson for your child's school. Their primary role is to assist parents and staff in, and through, the Special Education process. You may also contact the Special Education Administrator.

Determining Special Education Disability Eligibility

The Special Education Department has constructed a flowchart to show the steps in determining Special Education service eligibility for your child(ren), available in English, Spanish and Portuguese:


 Helpful Documents & Links

APS Special Education Manual
Frequently Asked Questions
Procedural Safeguards Notice
A Parent's Guide to Special Education View HTML Page
Special Education Laws and Regulations (DESE) View HTML Page- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
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Speech & Language Therapy
School Psychological and Adjustment Counseling

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Student Services
Contact Information       

Kathryn Silva
Director of Student Services

Colleen Brewer
Administrative Assistant

Jodi-Rene Anderson
Student Services Assistant

87 West Union Street
Ashland, MA 01721

 ph: 508-881-0155
 fx:  508-881-0152

General inquiries should be emailed to:

Special Education Coordinators

Out of District Coordinator
Robin Wurtzel
ph:  508-532-8055

Grades Pre-K 
Sara Davidson
ph:  508-881-0160

Grades K-3
Kathryn Bent
ph:  508-532-8077

Grades 4-7
Robert Bergeron
ph:  508-532-8056   

Grades 8-12 
Deena LaVallee
ph:  508-532-8020

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