Student Services

Special Education Procedures Manual



Special Education Department Summer Newsletter

Hingham High School Unified Track Team

Ed Talk

Special Education Department Winter Newsletter

Hingham Tiered System of Support Survey Results

New Resources Page

Walker Report & Response

Analysis of the Endrew Ruling

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS): Digging into Student Performance: presented at the School Committee meeting January 30th.

Title II Effective Communication

Welcome to the Office of Student Services

Dr. Suzanne Vinnes

Director of Student Services

“Dear Special Education Community” letter

220 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043

781-741-1500 ext. 3

[email protected]

Elizabeth O’Neill
Assistant Director of Student Services

220 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043

781-741-1500  ext. 3

[email protected]

Hingham Public Schools is committed to an inclusive philosophy of education. Students with disabilities are educated, to the maximum extent possible, with their typically developing peers. The district operates several substantially separate programs and classrooms designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to find personal and academic success. The Student Services and related services departments seek to provide the necessary infrastructure to support all students’ learning in our strong general education curriculum. This infrastructure includes committed school-based and district-wide leadership, democratic classrooms, supportive school cultures, responsive instruction, knowledgeable and accessible support staff, and an engaging and relevant curriculum.

The Director of Student Services ensures that the Hingham Public Schools implementation of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks is accessible to all students. Hingham Public Schools has developed a comprehensive District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) which is used uniformly across all grades and curriculum areas.

The Director of Student Services monitors the implementation of procedures to identify students eligible for special education and/or related services and to further provide these students with a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The Assistant Director of Student Services monitors the collaborative and private school placements of students who are unable to be educated in Hingham Public Schools.

The Director of Student Services strives to continuously improve special education.

Parents are encouraged to participate in planning and evaluating programs and procedures through the Special Education Parent Advisory Council, which works collaboratively with the Director of Student Services to create and maintain high quality programs of excellence.

For more information regarding Student Services and/or related services, as well as the Parent Advisory Council, please browse these pages and/or contact the Student Services Office at 781-741-1500 ext. 3.