The Student Services Office provides appropriate and comprehensive programming through the use of local, state, and federal funding and grants. Educational programs for students Pre-K to age 22 ensure high standards and expectations for both staff and students through quality training, research-based instruction, and data driven decisions. The Student Services Office is responsible for Special Education students ages 3 to 22, Child Find, students on 504 Plans and McKinney Vento. A range of programs and a continuum of services are available to all our learners and can be viewed on our website. Our goal is always to provide services for student’s success, achievement, and transitions throughout their school years so they have every opportunity to become independent, lifelong learners, and productive citizens in a global, competitive society.
Special Education Child Find Notice
Under federal and state special education regulations, Hopkinton Public Schools has a duty to locate, identify, refer, evaluate and, if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities who reside in the town of Hopkinton. For parents or guardians of children ages 3-21 years of age who have a disability or developmental delay, and who would like more information, please contact Dr. Karen Zaleski, Director of Student Services and Child Find Coordinator, at 508.497.9850.
- Disability Definitions
- Parental Notice of Procedural Safeguards
- Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools,
- Parent Information - Special Education - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Special Education - Education Laws and Regulations
- 603 CMR 46.00: Prevention of Physical Restraint and Requirements
- MCAS Alternative Assessment
- ESY - Extended School Year
- ESY Brochure
- Archived Newsletters
- Helpful Transportation Reference Guide for Families
For those families currently utilizing specialized transportation please refer to the links below for further information:
Hopkinton Public School District partners with ACCEPT Transportation to provide transportation to eligible students. Please click on the following link to view the Transportation Overview.
Please click on the link to the ACCEPT Transportation Handbook. This handbook references the policies and procedures with respect to transportation.
Dr. Karen Zaleski holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. She has been serving in the role of Director of Student Services for the Hopkinton Public School District since 2015. She holds licenses as Special Education Administrator, Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, Principal/Assistant Principal, and School Adjustment Counselor. Prior to her work in Hopkinton she served as the Director of Pupil Services, and Middle School Assistant Principal in the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District in Spencer, Ma. She is also a licensed mental health and substance abuse clinician and began her career working at Adcare and Umass Hospital in Worcester, Ma.