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Hanover Public Schools
Student Services

Last Updated: 12/19/2017


The office oversees a variety of student support services including Special Education, Guidance, Nursing, English Language Education, Home and Hospital Instruction, Child Find, Early Education Care and Integrated Preschool, Homelessness, and Grants Management.

Our goal is to provide every student with a free, appropriate public education allowing each student to achieve to his/her highest educational potential through access to the general education curriculum.

  Nursing / School Health Services
  The role of the school nurse includes:
  • Providing chronic and emergency care for students and staff
  • Conducting mandated health screenings
  • Providing health counseling and education
  • Administering medication and performing assessment
  • Developing Individual Health Care Plans for students with special health care needs
  • Interpreting immunization and health screening data
  • Providing resources to access primary health care services
  • Promoting environmental health and safety
  • Providing linkage to community resources
  • Collaborating with community agencies and accessing resources via the World Wide Web

Please see the Hanover Public Schools Health pages for information about school health services, policies, and staff contact

  English Language Learners
  As part of the Hanover Public Schools registration process, parents/guardians are asked to complete a Home Language Survey. Principals will notify the Director of Pupil Personnel Services of any student whose first language is other than English. These students will be assessed using language screening tools administered by qualified, trained district personnel. Based on the results of the language screening assessment and other pertinent information, a determination will be made as to whether the student is an English Language Learner (ELL) and qualifies for English Language instruction appropriate for the student's level of English language proficiency. Parents/guardians will be notified of the language screening assessment results. Parents/guardians have a right to "opt out" of these services or request a waiver. For the more information, please contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services.
  Home & Hospital Instruction
  Upon receipt of a Physician’s Statement for Temporary Home or Hospital Education form (28R/3) verifying that any student enrolled in a public school or placed by the public school in a private setting must remain at home or in a hospital on a day or overnight basis, or any combination of both, for medical reasons and for a period of not less than fourteen school days in any school year, the principal arranges for provision of educational services in the home or hospital. Such services are provided with sufficient frequency to allow the student to continue his or her educational program, as long as such services do not interfere with the medical needs of the student. The principal coordinates such services with the Hanover Public Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the eligible student.
  Child Find

“Child find” refers to the process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities to ensure that they receive services to which they are entitled. Children and youth, ages birth to 21, living in the Hanover Public School District, who are suspected of having a disability, may be referred for a possible evaluation to determine if they are eligible for special education services. The Hanover Public Schools will hold a screening for any 3 and 4 year old residing in the Town of Hanover who may have difficulties that substantially interfere with learning or present with developmental concerns. We are required by state and federal law to provide a special education program if the learning capacity for any three and four year old student is “significantly limited, impaired, or delayed and is exhibited by difficulties in one or more of the following areas: receptive and/or expressive language; cognitive abilities; physical functioning; social, emotional, or adaptive functioning; and/or self-help skills”. Parents, who are concerned about their child’s development, may contact their district school to request a screening or an evaluation as early as two years and nine months old. Screening is free to all residents in the Town of Hanover and is highly recommended for children who may have special education needs. If your child is three or four years old and requires Special Education Services, he/she can be screened for services now.

For further information, contact your district school:

  • Center Elementary School: 781-826-2631
  • Cedar Elementary School: 781-878-7228

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  Early Education and Care / Integrated Preschool

What is the Integrated Preschool Program?
The Integrated Preschool Program follows a collaborative model, in which the special education teacher, classroom assistant, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and behavioral therapist work closely together as a team to foster and promote your child’s developmental skills. This program is designed for children aged three to five years old with identified special needs as typically developing peers.

How do I refer my child for the preschool program?
A child is typically referred to the program through Early Intervention, a physician, and/or parent concerns. A child initially undergoes a screening process, which is set up through the special education coordinator at each elementary school. The screenings are scheduled on a monthly basis and are performed by members of the preschool team. Results of the screening may indicate further assessment is needed. If so, the child will be evaluated in the areas of concern.

What is the parent’s role?

  • Recognize your child’s area of need which may interfere with their daily living skills
  • Promote carry-over of skills by participating in home programs
  • Keep open lines of communication with Team members
  • Be an active participant in your child’s Team meetings

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  Grants Management

The Grants Management involves the development, preparation and submission of grant proposals to federal and state agencies. The Grant Manager manages and keeps in compliance the various grants including, report writing, file maintenance, preparation for payment of grant expenditures and tracking grant revenues.

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  Contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services & Special Education

Joan Woodward
Director of Student Services
781-878-0786, ext. 5005

Dawnlisa Pellegrino
Administrative Assistant
781-878-0786, ext. 5006

Mailing Address
Hanover Public Schools
188 Broadway
Hanover, MA  02339

Phone: 781-878-0786
Fax: 781-871-3374