Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,
The Co-Directors of Special Education welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We are looking forward to seeing our students in their schools in-person this year! To our Barnstable families who were with us last year, thanks so much for your patience and willingness to problem solve as everyone navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic at home and school.
We recognize each family and child was impacted in different ways, and may still experience difficulties as we return to school. Email, school webpages, and phone calls are our primary methods of communication. To receive updates from your child’s school, our offices, and the district, please be sure you have updated your contact information to start the year and if changes occur during the school year.
To be more accessible and have an authentic understanding about your child’s special education services and programming, the special education district office consists of Co-Directors of Special Education, rather than just one person overseeing our preschool- grades 12+ programs. Catherine Zinni focuses mainly on grades PreK-5. She has worked in the field of education as a special education teacher, general education teacher, school principal, and special education college professor, and is also a parent of two children. Eric Bruinooge focuses on grades 6-12+. Eric has experience in Barnstable since 2001 as a school psychologist, curriculum director, and coordinator of special education, and is also a parent of two children. We have a new administrator in Barnstable. Kathleen Turner is our district’s Executive Director of Social Emotional Learning and Student Services. She has worked in Cape Cod districts and large school systems for a total of over 30 years.
Our office phone number is 508 862 4953. When calling listen carefully to the menu of options. Because we work in our offices and also visit the schools, you most likely will leave a message so we can return your call at a later time.
Please save the flyer about our Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meetings. These will be held in English, Portuguese, and Spanish via a virtual Zoom link. This is a great way to connect with other families of students with disabilities and learn more about special education.
For information about school specific staff to contact, explanations about special education regulations, other answers to overall questions, and our SEPAC, please refer to our website’s special education department page.
Eric Bruinooge and Catherine Zinni
Co-Directors of Special Education