NOTE: The following quotes from the DESE Advisory are important points of understanding to the implementation of this policy.
“School districts and parents have reported that, typically, observations are between one and four hours. While useful as a general rule, the Department recommends that district policies and practices specify that the duration and extent of observations will be determined on an individual basis. Districts should avoid rigid adherence to defined time limits regardless of the child’s needs and settings to be observed.
The complexities of the student’s needs, as well as the program or programs to be observed, should determine what the observation will entail and what amount of time is needed to complete it. Discussion between school staff and the parent or designee is a good starting point for resolving the issue.”
“The observation law states that districts may not condition or restrict program observations except when necessary to protect:
- the safety of children in the program during the observation;
- the integrity of the program during the observation;
- and children in the program from disclosure by an observer of confidential or personally
- identifiable information he or she may obtain while observing the program.”
Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015