Beth Goldsnider         Director of Student Support Services

The Office of Student Support Services oversees the administration, identification and programming of special education and Section 504 plans.    Under federal and state statutes, children requiring special education are those children who have one or more of the following disabilities which adversely effect their educational performance and who require specially designed instruction: autism, deaf-blind, hearing impaired, learning disabled, intellectually disabled, multi handicapped, traumatic brain injury, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, emotionally disturbed, speech/language impaired, visually impaired/blind, developmentally delayed (infants and preschool age).

Under state statutes, school districts are required to identify gifted and talented students.  However, programming for such students is optional and left to the discretion of each local board of education.

The following is a list of programs and services offered within the Bolton Public Schools Department of Special Education:

Bolton Center School

Preschool Services:  The Special Education Preschool Program serves 3 and 4 year olds, and is delivered in an integrated setting with typical peers.  The program is aligned with state curriculum guidelines with an emphasis on learning through play based activities.  The members of the Preschool Team include a special education teacher, speech and language pathologist, school psychologist, occupational and physical therapists and instructional assistants.  Students may receive direct services or consultative services as needed.

Resource Room:  It is the philosophy of the Bolton Public Schools to educate all children in the least restrictive environment and to offer all children the opportunity to receive their education with their typical peers to the fullest extent possible.  Students at the Bolton Center School receive specialized instruction in the resource room which may include Wilson reading instruction or Read Naturally (fluency) instruction. 

Bolton High School

Resource Room:   The resource room program provides specialized instruction to students who have been identifying as meeting requirements for identification of special education.  Students may take their academic classes in the general education classrooms and receive supplementary instruction in the resource room, or receive their academic instruction directly in the resource room from a special education teacher.  The emphasis of instruction is on creating independent learners and including students in the regular education classes to the fullest extent possible.

Specialized Resource Room:  This program offers a specialized learning program for students with moderate to severe disabilities, multiple disabilities, or intellectual/cognitive disabilities.  The program provides specialized and individualized educational programming in academic, social, behavioral, communication, and daily living skills.  Students in this program have access to special education teachers, instructional assistants, school psychologists, social workers, guidance personnel, speech and language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists and nursing staff as indicated in their IEP.  Peer tutoring is also an integral part of this program.

Other Services System Wide

School Psychological/Social Work/Consulting Psychiatric Services:   These services include individual and small group counseling, psychological testing, crisis interventions, home-school collaboration, consultation and collaboration with teachers and school based psychiatric evaluations.

Speech and Language Services:  These services are provided in individual and small group settings in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, pragmatic language, and alternative/augmentative communication devices as appropriate for students.

Physical Therapy and/or Occupational Therapy Services:  These services are provided to students with disabilities in the fine motor/ sensory motor/ or gross motor domains which impact their learning in a school setting.  BCS enjoys the use of a sensory room where children may receive their services.