Office of Student Services 

Erica B. Dickson

Director of Student Services

Administrative Assistant 

76 Melrose Ave

Jamestown, RI 02835

(401) 423-7020 x119 Office

(401) 423 -7022 Fax

What's New? 
The purpose of this site is to inform and educate staff and families of the Jamestown School Department 
on changes and updates in Special Education, MLL (Multi-lingual Learner), Title I, Transportation and other student related services. 

News & Updates

Students diagnosed with ADHD and eligible 504 services...

posted Jul 27, 2016, 8:36 AM by Ken Duva

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For more information click below...

Employment First Policy

posted Oct 21, 2014, 6:42 PM by Ken Duva

Commissioner Approves Employment First Policy
Commissioner Deborah A. Gist has approved an Employment First policy for the Rhode Island Department of Education. Employment First is a commitment to students with intellectual/developmental disabilities to support their transition from public education into meaningful, community integrated training and employment opportunities at competitive wages upon exiting public education.

In 2014, the State of Rhode Island entered into a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for operating day activity centers and sheltered workshops for individuals with intellectual /developmental disabilities. As part of this settlement, the State of Rhode Island and the involved agencies that support youth and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities agreed to implement a state Employment First policy.

In approving this policy, RIDE is endorsing the belief Rhode Island students with intellectual /developmental disabilities are capable of working in integrated work settings for competitive wages and RIDE will work in partnership with the adult service system to achieve this outcome.


posted Oct 21, 2014, 6:36 PM by Ken Duva

Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities Federal Guidance and FAQ Document – Time sensitive notice
The USDOE has issued guidance on the role of IEP Teams in determining the inclusion of English Learners (ELs) with disabilities in English language proficiency (ELP) assessments. In order for the IEP Team to accomplish this there are several components that must be in place: (a) the IEP Team must have the right composition; (b) parents with limited English proficiency must be able to meaningfully participate as a member of the IEP Team; (c) the IEP Team must have information on appropriate accommodations to meet the unique needs of ELs with disabilities. Purpose of this guidance is to assist IEP Teams in decision-making so that ELs with disabilities are assessed and included in Title III accountability measures.  Please review the attached Federal Guidance FAQ, letter, and RI guidelines.
IEP team determination of the need for Alternate ACCESS assessments for ELs with disabilities will need to be determined this fall 2014 so ELL Directors and Coordinators can order them at the usual time of ACCESS ordering in November 2014.  IEPs of ELs with disabilities will need to reflect necessary accommodations for this year’s ACCESS administration Jan-Feb 2015.  Various links for support materials are included in the RI Guidelines (attached).
Further questions including requests for technical assistance or professional development on ELs with disabilities may be directed to Emily Klein at 222-8985 or Emily.Klein@ride.ri.gov

NASHIA Resources

posted Oct 21, 2014, 6:31 PM by Ken Duva

The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) Shares Resources


NASHIA is pleased to announce the following recent additions to its website:


Special Education and TBI: A Summary of  State Definitions and Guidance for Educating Students with TBI-related Disabilities 

This summary includes state definitions for TBI and eligibility criteria for special education and related services.


State Services for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Their Families 

This handout provides an overview of how states use various funding resources to support the delivery of TBI rehabilitation and community resources and services. Included is a color coded map to illustrate the programs which the states administer.


TBI/ABI Trust Fund Programs: Overview and Trends  

This handout defines and summarizes trust fund programs administered by the states, including a color coded map and table listing states with information regarding how funds are generated, use of funds and revenue trends.


TBI/ABI HCBS Waiver Programs and Other Options for Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) 

This handout provides an overview of Medicaid; 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (HCBS)  programs; color coded map and table listing states with brain injury HCBS waiver programs.


Two archived webinars on TBI Trust Fund Programs and TBI HCBS Waivers programs are posted on the website along with presenter materials.

ELL & Special Needs

posted Aug 31, 2014, 6:37 PM by Ken Duva


posted Aug 6, 2014, 3:54 AM by Ken Duva   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 7:01 AM by Erica Dickson ]

School Support System Report

posted Feb 3, 2014, 7:27 PM by Ken Duva   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 7:38 AM by Erica Dickson ]

             RIDE School Support System Report 2013 on the Jamestown School Department Special Education programs is now available on-line to view
             Please click here to access the online report. 

Sensory Child Gets Organized

posted Sep 18, 2013, 7:42 PM by Ken Duva

Carolyn Dalgliesh will be doing a “Sensory Child Gets Organized” presentation/book event for parents and teachers, sponsored by the Jamestown Special Education Local Advisory Committee.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:00 pm at the Melrose School.

For more information on Carolyn please visit her website @ http://www.carolyndalgliesh.com/media.htm

Physical Restraint Website

posted Jul 14, 2013, 6:11 PM by Ken Duva   [ updated Jul 14, 2013, 6:12 PM ]

RIDE offers new resources on limiting the use of physical restraints in schools. Their new brochure "Protections for RI Students" which describes the RI Restraint and Seclusion Regulations is now available on the website. 
This informative resource, written in family-friendly language, explains what physical restraint is and what limits are in place for its use in our schools. In addition, it provides direction to parents who have concerns about the use of physical restraint. Since these regulations apply to all students, the information should be shared with all parents, copied, forwarded, or posted, as appropriate. 

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