Questions

Which Somerville schools are not fully handicapped accessible?

The Somerville Public Schools is committed to having all activities in all schools accessible to all students, parents/guardians and community members. Most of our buildings are fully accessible, with the exception of two -- the Brown School and the Cummings School (home to the Parent Information Center). Due to their age, these two buildings are not totally accessible to individuals with disabilities, although sections of each building are accessible. If you have questions concerning the accessibility of a school site, please call the school Principal. Accessible features will be discussed and reasonable accommodations will be made, including relocation of an activity or event to an accessible location, if appropriate.

Handicap Access to the Brown School  Handicap access to the Brown School can be found at the school entrance located on Kidder Avenue. The ramp at this doorway provides access to the Brown School basement where the kindergarten classes and handicap restrooms are located.

For assistance, please contact Mr. Shawn MaGuire, Principal of the Brown School, at 617-625-6600 Ext. 6410.

Handicap Access to the Edgerly Building and Full Circle/Next Wave  A ramp located on the Bonair Street side of the Edgerly Education Building provides access to all schools/programs/offices in the Edgerly Building. This ramp directs visitors with mobility to the first floor elevator which provides access to all floors of the building.

If the ramp door is locked, please call the office you are trying to reach for assistance:

  • Full Circle/Next Wave Alternative Schools - 617-625-6600 x6870
  • Special Education Office - 617-625-6600 x6800

Handicap Access to Parent Information Center located in the former Cummings School  A ramp located at 42 Prescott Street provides handicap access to the Parent Information Center. (Some small wheelchairs and other mobility devices such as walkers and canes may be accomodated by the ramp.)

For assistance, please contact Regina Bertholodo, Director of the Parent Information Center at 617-625-6600 x6962.

 

My son/daughter has mobility challenges wants to enroll at Full Circle/Next Wave Alternative Schools. How will you accommodate my teen?

Accommodations will be made so that students with mobility challenges will have full access to a therapeutic middle and high school instructional program in a fully accessible site.

Students with mobility challenges who seek to enroll in the Full Circle or Next Wave schools should follow the normal school registration procedure. If your student is accepted for an open slot at Full Circle or Next Wave please contact the Special Education Director at (617) 625-6600, x6800 to discuss accommodations.

 

What do I need to do to ensure I can get into the Brown School with my mobility challenges?

To facilitate the provision of accommodations, please contact Principal Maguire at (617) 625-6600, x6410 or by email, at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to a scheduled event.

 

What do I need to do to ensure I can get into the Parent Information Center with my mobility challenges?

To facilitate the provision of accommodations, please contact the Director of the Parent Information Center at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to a scheduled event. 

The Director of the Parent Information Center is Ms. Regina Bertholodo. She can be reached by phone at 617-625-6600 x6962 or by email.

 

Who do I contact if I have more questions or concerns about handicapped accessibility within the Somerville Public Schools?

Contact Mrs. Mary Skipper, Superintendent of Schools at (617) 625-6600, x6005 or Mr. Rich Melillo, Director of Student Services at (617) 625-6600 X6028.