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Hanover Public Schools
Special Education
  Office of Pupil Personnel Services & Special Education

Joan Woodward
Director of Student Services
781-878-0786, ext. 5005

Dawnlisa Pellegrino
Administrative Assistant
781-878-0786, ext. 5006

Mailing Address
Hanover Public Schools
188 Broadway
Hanover, MA  02339

Phone: 781-878-0786
Fax: 781-871-3374


The office oversees a variety of student support services including Special Education, Guidance, Nursing, English Language Education, Home and Hospital Instruction, Child Find, Early Education Care and Integrated Preschool, Homelessness, and Grants Management.

Our goal is to provide every student with a free, appropriate public education allowing each student to achieve to his/her highest educational potential through access to the general education curriculum.

  Special Education
  Special Education refers to specially designed instructional services beyond the regular classroom program. It is for children who have hidden or seen disabilities in any of these areas: health, physical, developmental, sensory, intellectual, neurological, emotional, speech and communication or specific learning issues - children who are not making effective progress in school.

A child may be referred by a teacher, parent, counselor, or principal for an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. If it is determined that the child will be evaluated, then parental written permission will be obtained prior to commencing the evaluation process. Assessments regarding the suspected disability, educational status and progress in the general curriculum, as well as the results of school and state tests will be part of the evaluation.

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team will collect and examine all relevant information to establish the presence of a disability, will make a judgment on whether the student is making effective progress in the general education program, whether the lack of progress is a result of the disability, and whether the student requires specially designed instruction in order to make progress and access the general education curriculum. The Team may find a student eligible for special education services or may make a finding of no eligibility. If a student is found eligible for special education services, an IEP will be developed to address the unique needs of each student.