The goal of the ASRSD Special Education and Student Services office is to collaborate with parents, staff and administration to provide comprehensive services that support student access to the curriculum and support the development of the whole child.

The Office of Special Education and Student Services provides support services to all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District community. Services include Special Education Services (academic, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy), School Counselors and School Psychologists, Health, English Learners (EL) and Early Childhood.

Each school has a variety of programs that meet the needs of students. These programs include full inclusion, partial inclusion and substantially separate programs. Two Team Chairpersons conduct team meetings, oversee the completion and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEP), and serves as technical support to all staff in addressing special education concerns.

Nurses are on duty during the full school day in each school to meet the needs of students attending that school.

The counseling staff provides individual and group counseling with students as well as support to administrators in working with staff and parents. In addition, they work with school staff to provide social skills and self-management training opportunities for students in all grades. The focus is to help students develop a sense of self, to develop confidence in their ability to interact positively with others, to manage conflict in appropriate ways, and to make positive choices.

English Learners (EL) are supported by trained staff to acquire the level of English required to be academically successful in the community.

Child Find

The Ayer Shirley Regional School District needs help in locating children who may have a disability. Each year the District is required to conduct a state-required count of all children with disabilities living in the district.

If you know a child or adolescent between the ages of birth through 21 whom you suspect may have a disability and who is not currently receiving services from Early Intervention (birth to age 3) or the school district (ages 3 through 21), then the Ayer Shirley Regional School District wants to hear from you.

Children who are attending or planning to attend a private school/preschool are also included in this notice.

Please help the Ayer Shirley Regional School District locate children who may need special education services.

 All information is confidential.

 There are several ways to contact the school district with this information or to learn more about the activity: 

 • Call the ASRSD Special Education Office at (978) 772-8600 x 1407 

 • Contact your child's private school/preschool and ask them to forward the information to the district.





Back to School Letter from Russell Johnson, State Director of Special Education

Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Transition Conversations for Students with Disabilities

Tara Bozek
Tara Bozek
Special Education Director

(978) 772-8600 ext.1407
Linda Brownell
Linda Brownell
Special Education ETL

(978) 772-8600 ext.1483
Rachael Fusco
Rachael Fusco
School Psychologist

(978) 772-8600 ext.1436
Linda Harrington
Linda Harrington
Special Education Admin Assistant

(978) 772-8600 ext.1408
Doreen Mahoney
Doreen Mahoney
Administrative Assistant, SPED

(978) 772-8600 ext.1480
141 Washington Street | Phone: 978-772-8600
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