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Restraint Reporting Form (updated 3/8/2016 to remove bugs on starting time and ending time validation)
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This form is designed to log individual instances of restraint and save that data on the linked spreadsheet. Please read the instructions found below.
Restraint Tracking Form Instructions
Please read these instructions prior to using the Restraint Reporting Form.

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Individual Restraint Review
As of January 1, 2016 school principals are required to conduct weekly reviews of restraint data to identify students who have been restrained multiple times during the week. Principals may use this optional form to guide their review.

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Administrative Monthly Restraint Data Review
As of January 1, 2016 school principals are required to conduct a monthly review of school-wide restraint data. Principals may use this optional form to guide their review.

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Guidelines for the Specialized Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments
The Guidelines for the Specialized Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments have been prepared to ensure a common understanding of the purpose and complexity of conducting assessments of students with visual impairments, both for eligibility identification and for ongoing services. The document will assist IEP Teams in designing instruction and support to ensure access to the general curriculum and the life of the school. Various types of assessments are reviewed and sample assessments are provided for an initial or a three-year reevaluation. Additional resources are provided to help educators and related services providers meet the unique needs of students with visual impairments and to prepare them for employment and independent living.

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Guidance for Parent Advisory Councils
This guidance document was designed to ensure that every special education parent advisory council operating in the state understands the capacity and potential that they have to collaborate with the school community to influence special education programs and policies in their district.

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IEP Process Guide
The IEP Process guide was developed to lead the reader through the revised IEP process as well as suggest sound practices.

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Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards
The Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards is designed to assist the parent in understanding the special education process, and the rights of parents when their child has been referred for or is receiving special education services.

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State Complaint Due Process Comparison Chart

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A Parent's Guide to Special Education
Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "A Parent's Guide to Special Education" was developed to serve as a resource for parents and the organizations that serve them.

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Is Special Education the right Service?
Along with statutory requirements and state regulations, this document offers guidance on how to ensure a responsive general education environment and guidelines to assist practitioners and parents in identifying students with disabilities.

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A Parent's Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts
Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "A Parent's Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts" was developed to assist parents in choosing an advocate in the Special Education process when needed.

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Requirements for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in MCAS
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the participation of students with disabilities in statewide tests and to familiarize educators and parents/guardians with available test accommodations.

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Massachusetts Student-Driven Secondary Transition Model
Created in collaboration with statewide stakeholders, this model visually represents the secondary transition process for students with disabilities, from the time when the student is in school until the student achieves his/her postsecondary goals.

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District/School Secondary Transition Needs Assessment
This document is a self assessment designed to assist schools and districts to evaluate their current secondary transition policies, practices, and procedures in the light of best practice quality indicators, and to prioritize their most critical needs.



Last Updated: April 1, 2016
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