Special Education & Intervention Services
Manager of Special Education & Intervention Services
Kay C. Seale
20 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609
The Worcester Public Schools focus on learning through the TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) approach has resulted in the development of a multitude of programs within the city to meet the special needs of our students and guarantee them the Least Restrictive Environment.
Today there are approximately 5,000 students in the Worcester Public schools identified as a student with special needs. To meet their needs the district employs over 400 special education teachers and therapists and 350 instructional assistants who are assigned to every school building and education program supported by the Worcester Public Schools. The dedication and hard work of these individuals helps provide our students Equal Access to all the district can provide.
Child Find Notice
It is the responsibility of the Worcester Public Schools to identify any child who is a resident of Worcester, who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. It is also the responsibility of the Worcester Public Schools to evaluate those students to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) or 306 CMR 28 (Massachusetts Special Education Regulations).
The Worcester Public Schools is committed to identifying children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year olds. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development and would like to have him/her screened, please call Mary Meola at the Special Education office for an appointment at 508-799-3311 or Peg Iandoli-Cole, Assistant Director for Special Services for more information at 508-799-3093.
If you have any concerns about your child, at any age, please contact the Principal at your child’s school for information about the SSP process (Student Support Process) available to you. Through this school-based process, strategies are developed to support your child and help determine if a referral for a special education evaluation is needed.
ESE Family Engagement Survey
Worcester Public Schools families are asked to participate in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Family Engagement Survey.
Special Education Departments
- Assistive Technology
- Emotional Disabilities
- Home & Hospital
- Learning Disabilities
- Life Skills
- Occupational/ Physical Therapy (OT/PT)