The following Process Guide can be used for families transitioning out of Early Intervention and participating in the referral process with Franklin Public Schools, OR for families participating in the referral process due to a recommendation from screening or outside agency.
Early Intervention Transition Process
A child receiving services through an early intervention agency may transition in the Franklin Public Schools (FPS) on his/her third birthday, provided he/she qualifies for special education as determined through the following process:
- The early intervention agency facilitates a release of records and sends a referral to the Franklin Public Schools.
- This can occur up to six months prior to a child’s third birthday
- The early intervention agency will send a referral and relevant records to Franklin Public Schools on behalf of the parents.
- Within five days of receiving the packet at FPS, a letter containing information regarding how to obtain proof of residency will be mailed to the family.
** Parents MUST provide proof of residency BEFORE the transition with FPS can begin!*
- The FPS will attend a transition meeting with early intervention therapists in your home or other mutually convenient location.
- During the transition meeting:
- The team chairperson from FPS will observe your child working with early intervention staff.
- The team chairperson will explain the evaluation process and present a "consent to evaluate" that you are encouraged to sign at this meeting.
- If your child is being evaluated in the area of educational, you will be asked to drop off a medical form (provided by FPS) to your pediatrician.
- You will receive an invitation to a team meeting to discuss all testing results. You are a part of the team!
- After receiving your consent to evaluate:
- Members of the FPS will contact you to schedule days/times to bring your child to our school F X O’Regan Early Childhood Center 224 Oak St. Franklin.
- Observations of your child may be completed at their early intervention group, daycare or other program in which they are enrolled.
- From the date of the signed consent, the district has 30 school days to complete the evaluation.
- The team will meet within 45 days to discuss eligibility for special education.
- Two days before the team meeting, you will be able to pick up the evaluation reports at the school.
- Please note that the FPS DOES NOT utilize “clinical judgment” when determining eligibility for special education.
- Please bring your completed Parent Input Questionnaire (provided by FPS) to the team meeting.
- You may invite whomever you would like to the team meeting. FPS always invites an early intervention therapist.
Please note: A diagnosis does not indicate automatic eligibility for special education.
- Findings at the TEAM meeting may include one of the following:
- No eligibility for special education services
- Eligible for walk in services only ( ex: speech and language (SLP, OT, PT)
- Eligible for a placement in our school with related services (OT, SLP, PT)
Eligibility for special education will be determined at the team meeting and will be determined based on individual student need.
F. X. O’Regan Early Childhood Center Staff
Kelty Kelley, M.Ed Principal
Sarah Martin, Team Chairperson
Laura Flanagan, Administrative Assistant
Speech and Language Pathologists:
Diane Peavey, MA CCC-SLP, CEIS
Linda Cournoyer, MS CCC-SLP
Occupational Therapist: Sandra Wong MS, OTR/L
Physical Therapist: Joanne MacNeil, PT, DPT
School Nurse: Suzanne Roma, RN
Teachers: Marylin Bennett, Chris Duggan, Rebecca Hackney-Bliss, Jen Jacobs, Julie Levesque, Megan Maloney, Elizabeth Reynard