Oxford Schools Info On Peer Models, Disabled Students, Records Destruction

Oxford Public Schools offers a Peer Model Program as part of the Oxford Preschool. This is an exciting educational opportunity for selected preschool children.

The Preschool Program is located at Quaker Farms School and is looking for three and four year old children to participate in the preschool classroom as role models for their peers with special needs. In order to be considered, students must be 3 or 4 years old and be an Oxford resident. The Oxford Preschool is an interdisciplinary, language/literature/ motor/play-based program whose curriculum is based upon the Connecticut Framework for its design and planned activities. We see the role of teachers as supporters of development and, as such, our role is to promote active learning on the part of the child. Our goal is to provide an appropriate learning environment incorporating both early childhood special education and developmental preschool programs, to prepare all children, those with disabilities and peer models, for the greatest opportunities for educational success. We understand that our children learn best through self-initiated activity; therefore, our learning activities reflect this philosophy. Children selected as role models will participate in an age appropriate curriculum that will foster cognitive and social growth in preparation for kindergarten.

We have a new procedure. We are accepting peer models on a rolling admission throughout the school year provided they are 3 or 4 years old and have passed the screening intake. Once your application is received and reviewed, we will coordinate a screening with you and the preschool team. Children will be selected based on strong language skills and appropriate social/peer interactions. Decisions will be based upon screening. Program specifics including tuitions and schedules will be shared at the time of the screening. The application is available online on the Oxford Public School website under Pupil Personnel Services. Please fill out the application and email it to: gotshallm@oxfordpublicschools.org OR mail the application to Pupil Personnel Services, 144 Oxford Road, Unit 1B, Oxford, CT 06478 OR fax it to 203-881-5038. Please call 203-881-2599 for further information

Student Info Sought

On behalf of the Oxford Public Schools, Department of Pupil Personnel Services, I request your assistance to locate all children with disabilities from Birth to 21 years of age, who need special education and related services, whose parents/guardians reside in Oxford, including children enrolled in private schools, including religiously affiliated school children, elementary and secondary, migrant and homeless children, and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education, even though they are advancing from grade to grade. We are particularly interested in learning of students with disabilities within the mentioned age range who are not enrolled in our public schools but who may need special services. Our inquiry also extends to children who may be temporarily residing with an Oxford family. The department’s intent is to assist these children’s needs early to afford a greater opportunity to benefit from the system’s educational program offerings. We ask that you contact the Oxford Pupil Personnel Services Department at 203-881-2599 or fax a note to 203-881-5038. This notice is posted in order that the Oxford Public Schools continue to be in compliance with federal and state child find regulations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Individual Disabilities Education Act of 2004.

Records Destruction

In compliance with Federal and State regulations on confidentiality, the Pupil Personnel Services Department plans to destroy special education records of any Oxford student who withdrew or graduated and exited from the district on or before June 2012. According to law, confidential records are destroyed six years after the student has graduated or left Oxford Public Schools. The records of these students will be destroyed on or about July 1, 2018. Anyone interested in receiving his or her special education records or those of their children, should make the request in writing to the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, 144 Oxford Road, Unit 1B, Oxford, CT 06478.

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