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Notice of DESE Site Visit

16 days ago

Bellingham Public School District

Department of Elementary and Secondary Site Visit


During the week of December 9, 2019, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Bellingham 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 licensure, professional development, parent engagement, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include curriculum review, parent and student engagement, 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.


Prior to the onsite visit, the chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send an online survey to all parents of students with disabilities receiving services. The survey focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the activities of the onsite review and the development of the final 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 and onsite observations. 


After the conclusion of the review, the public will be able to access the report at


Parents and other individuals may call Julie Evans, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3754 to request additional information, or contact Rachel Lawrence, the district coordinator, at 508-883-1706.



Annual Toy Drive

16 days ago

Annual Toy Drive

Bellingham High School's student council is starting its annual Toy Drive on Monday, November 18th. The toys will be donated to St. Blaise Church. This toy drive will run until December 12th. Donations can be dropped off in the HS office. We appreciate any donations to help our local families around the holidays.