WPS Updates

Here you’ll find updates from and correspondence with Woburn Public Schools. The Woburn SEPAC strives for clear and open communication with the district. Please reach out to us at wps.SEPAC@gmail.com with any questions or requests for specific information.

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ESSER III Grant Feedback

At our November 17, 2021, Open Meeting, Director of Special Education Maureen Ryan updated us on the ESSER III Grant drafted up by Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Mike Baldassarre. The grant was written with the goals of safe reopening of WPS and equitable access for all students, as well as a focus on academic instruction and social/emotional learning.

You can access the implementation plan here and via the link below. Ms. Ryan invites you to e-mail her or Dr. Baldassarre with any questions or feedback.

Woburn Public Schools ESSER III – Implementation Plan

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WPS Training on Trauma-informed IEP Goals

On November 2, 2021, special education advocate and consultant Jennie H. DunKley presented A Guide to Trauma-informed IEP Goals to WPS Staff. It’s important for families to know what is taking place in professional trainings, and this training in particular has some useful information for parents as well as team members.

If you’d like to take a look at the slides, reach out to us at wps.SEPAC@gmail.com and we can provide you with a copy.

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SEPAC Transportation Update, September 2021

On September 10, 2021, SEPAC attended the School Committee’s Student Services and Achievement (SSA) subcommittee meeting. A representative from SEPAC attends SSA every month.At this meeting, there was a discussion about the current state of school bus transportation in Woburn, especially as it pertains to special education students who are utilizing North Reading Transportation (NRT). SEPAC was able to share a number of parent stories and concerns related to both recent and past school transportation issues, and we thank you for sharing that information with us.

While SEPAC is aware that school bus transportation is an issue statewide, we’re reminding WPS Administration that special education families have been experiencing NRT-related transportation problems in Woburn for years. As always, we are pushing for accountability. Please continue to share your stories and concerns with us so we can continue to advocate for you.

Click here for the rest of the SSA details, including meeting minutes, posted on our Facebook page. Below, you’ll find WPS’ letter on Special Education Transportation via NRT from Wednesday, September 8.

Dear parents/guardians,We are excited to welcome our students back tomorrow.  For those that receive special education transportation on NRT, please be patient as we anticipate some challenges. If your child is not picked up at the start of the day within 20 minutes of the expected pick-up time or does not arrive home when expected, please call the Special Education Office at 781-937-8233  xx11253.  If you do not speak with a person, please email bhegarty@woburnps.com.The building staff will assist students that arrive late on the vehicles to ensure they arrive safely and get to their classrooms.  We appreciate your patience. We look forward to a great start to the school year.

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SEPAC Letter to WPS, August 2021

In August of 2021, the SEPAC Board drafted up a letter to Woburn Public Schools Administrators to address problems parents have raised with the ACE Program specifically, as well as accountability and better communication from the district in general.

Click the link below to read our letter and suggested timeline.

SEPAC ACE Letter to WPS

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RECAP: SEPAC Coffee Chat

On May 26, 2021, WPS Director of Special Education Maureen Ryan joined us for an informal “Coffee Chat” Q&A session. You can access a recap of the session below, along with DESE’s latest COVID-19 guidelines, which will go into effect in the fall.

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Special Education Services and COVID-19 Information: Spring 2020

With Woburn Public Schools closed through, at the very least, May 4th, parents have been reaching out to us with questions about students with special needs. Districts are still required to provide a free, appropriate pubic education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Click here for the most recent guidelines set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Click here for a statement from Woburn Director of Special Education Maureen Ryan. We’ve also posted recent WPS documents below.

Supporting Children with ASD During COVID Closures

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If you’d like general information regarding Special Education programming in Woburn, click here. General information about family resources and extending learning resources can be found via this link.
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SEPAC Budget Response

Below is the letter that was read on behalf of the SEPAC at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. We are still waiting to hear if Mayor Galvin will fund the additional school budget or if cuts will need to be made.

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Town Hall with Dr. Baldassarre

Thanks to all who came out for a Q&A session with Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Michael Baldassarre on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. We covered a great deal of ground, with updates from the district and addressing parental concerns.

We’ve posted some documents from the Town Hall below for your perusal.

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