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Title IX Info

Title IX Coordinator
Erika E. Boulware, MSW, LICSW
Director of Student Services
(413) 283-9701, ext. 131
boulware@pathfindertech.org

The Title IX Coordinator has attended the COLLABORATIVE FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TITLE IX: COMPLIANCE AND THE REGULATIONS’ REVISION FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL training

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What is Title I?

Title I is a federal aid program for schools. The goal of Title I is to ensure a high-quality education for every child, by providing extra help to students who need it most. Title I has three primary objectives:

  • to improve student achievement for all participating children

  • to improve staff development

  • to improve parental and community involvement

Title I funds are distributed to districts and individual school based on the number of low-income families served. However, once a school qualifies for Title I funds, academic need, not economic status, determines which students receive extra services. Title I funds are intended to supplement (add to), not replace, state and federal funds.

Title I is different from Special Education programs. Title I does not address student needs based on disability or special needs, but rather on the basis of student performance, achievement and progress. To read a parent tip sheet describing Title I, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, go to Title I, IDEA and 504.

Under new flexibility guidelines for Title I grants, the way Title I funds are used within schools has changed. In the past Title 1 services were programs which supported the general educational mission of a school, but were visibly separate from services funded by the local school district. This often resulted in parallel and separate services for groups of students, and was not the most efficient way to add to the educational experience. Title I programs are now allowed, and encouraged, to collaborate with each school as a whole to fill gaps and introduce innovations in instruction. What does this mean to you and your child? Because we can now combine some Title I funds with other funding sources to enhance the education of all students, the role of Title I in your school may not be as visible to you (and your child) as they have been in the past. This is a good thing! As a educators and parents, we share the goal of providing students with the best education possible. The new guidelines enable us to work together toward this goal.

For more information on Title I: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or U.S. Department of Education

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Pathfinder Title I Parent Compact

District Responsibilities – Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School will:

  • Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating students to meet the Massachusetts curriculum and instruction standards for both academic programs and Chapter 74 CTE programs, and do so in a safe, supportive, and effective learning environment.
  • Hold parent-teacher meetings and conferences annually and as needed and requested, during which this compact will be referenced as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, conferences will be held at the beginning of the school year and again, on an as-needed basis.
  • Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows: mid-trimester progress reports, end of trimester report cards, and additionally if there are significant concerns regarding student success.
  • Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows via email, phone, Zoom meetings, and in-person by appointment when it is appropriate and safe to do so.

Parent Responsibilities – We, as parents, will support and partner with Pathfinder Tech regarding our student’s learning in the following ways:

  • Monitoring attendance and making sure that homework is completed.
  • Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time and monitoring the amount of television and screen time to ensure that it is used appropriately.
  • Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education. Serving, to the extent possible, on available policy advisory groups when necessary and appropriate.
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Care Solace

The Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School District fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, well-being of students, parents, and staff. In an effort to continuously support this commitment, the district has partnered with Care Solace.

Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. Care Solace is a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. Their proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes.

School district families and staff may access Care Solace services in two ways:

1. Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from your Concierge team
Representatives are standing by to take your call or email 24/7/365

2. Visit your custom district link:  www.caresolace.com/pathfindersd
Answer ten easy questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare, and those that have no insurance. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special request.

Care Solace is now available for use by district families and staff at no cost. Care Solace does not require a name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.

Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273- 8255. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting www.caresolace.com/pathfindersd

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 16 unique programs. These exciting programs give students a competitive advantage both in college and in the workforce. Our programs are designed to help students create and follow pathways to a career of their choice.  Pursue your passion and enjoy your education!

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of the school year) having a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student will receive job placement related to their technical area of study during their “shop week” with wages paid by the employer. To be eligible, a student must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. The student must also have their OSHA 10-hour card. Some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

At this time we are not accepting new work requests.

To schedule a tour please contact our Guidance Department:
413-283-9701 Ext. 247
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