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Tracey M. Jones, Director

  

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Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services and Programs,
Services for Gifted Students and Services for Protected Handicapped Students
August 2016

Notice to Parents
Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services and Programs, Services for Gifted Students and Services for Protected Handicapped Students August 2016 Notice to Parents According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. School districts (SDs), intermediate units (IUs) and charter schools (CSs) are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information related to Section 504/Chapter 15 services, the parent may refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, and the Basic Education Circular entitled Implementation of Chapter 15. Also, school districts are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for gifted services via 22 PA Code Chapter 16. For additional information regarding gifted services, the parent may refer to 22 PA Code Chapter 16. If a student is both gifted and eligible for Special Education, the procedures in IDEA and Chapter 14 shall take precedence.

This notice shall inform parents throughout the school district, intermediate unit, and charter school of the child identification activities and of the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of information pertaining to students with disabilities or eligible young children. In addition to this public notice, each school district, intermediate unit, and charter school shall publish written information in the handbook and on the web site. Children ages three through twenty one can be eligible for special education programs and services. If parents believe that the child may be eligible for special education, the parent should contact the appropriate staff member identified at the end of this public notice.

Children ages three to school-age may be eligible for Early Intervention services if they are experiencing developmental delays. Developmental delays, as defined by the State and as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments, include a 25 percent delay or a test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on a standardized assessment in one of the following developmental areas: physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development or adaptive development. A young child may also be deemed eligible if they are determined to have a diagnosed disability as defined by PA Chapter 14 regulations. Eligibility for Early Intervention services is two-pronged. The child must be diagnosed with a developmental delay or a diagnosed disability and display a need for specially designed instruction. Specially designed instruction means adapting the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of the child and to ensure access to the general education curriculum.

Evaluation Process
Each school district, intermediate unit, and charter school has a procedure in place by which parents can request an evaluation. For information about procedures applicable to your child, contact the school which your child attends. Telephone numbers and addresses can be found at the end of this notice. Parents of preschool age children, age three through five, may request an evaluation in writing by addressing a letter to the intermediate unit staff.

Consent
School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation or reevaluation, or with the initial provision of special education and related services, without the written consent of the parents. For additional information related to consent, please refer to the Procedural Safeguards Notice which can be found at the PaTTAN website, www.Pattan.net or your educational agency. Once written parental consent is obtained, the district will proceed with the evaluation process. If the parent disagrees with the evaluation, the parent can request an independent education evaluation at public expense.

Program Development
Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professionals and parents determine whether the child is eligible. If the child is eligible, the individualized education program team meets, develops the program, and determines the educational placement. Once the IEP team develops the program and determines the educational placement, school district staff, intermediate unit staff, or charter school staff will issue a notice of recommended educational placement/prior written notice. Your written consent is required before initial services can be provided. The parent has the right to revoke consent after initial placement.

Confidentiality of Information
The SDs, IUs and CDs maintain records concerning all children enrolled in the school, including students with disabilities. All records are maintained in the strictest confidentiality. Your consent, or consent of an eligible child who has reached the age of majority under State law, must be obtained before personally identifiable information is released, except as permitted under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The age of majority in Pennsylvania is 21. Each participating agency must protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction stages. One official at each participating agency must assume responsibility for ensuring the confidentiality of any personally identifiable information. Each participating agency must maintain, for public inspection, a current listing of the names and positions of those employees within the agency who have access to personally identifiable information.

For additional information related to student records, the parent can refer to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

This notice is only a summary of the Special Education services, evaluation and screening activities, and rights and protections pertaining to children with disabilities, children thought to be disabled, and their parents. For more information or to request evaluation or screening of a public or private school child, contact the responsible school entity listed below. For preschool age children, information, screenings and evaluations requested may be obtained by contacting the Intermediate Unit. The addresses of these schools are as follows:

INTERMEDIATE UNIT

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 814-542- 2501
Ms. Sandi Dinardi
2527 US Hwy 522 S
McVeytown, PA 17051

TIU Early Intervention Programming 814-542- 2501
Ms. Fran Merrifield
2527 US Hwy 522 S
McVeytown, PA 17051

SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES

Central Fulton School District 717-485- 3195
Ms. Ginger Thompson
151 East Cherry Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233-1400

Forbes Road School District 814-685-
3865
Forbes Road High School
Ms. Maria Scott
159 Redbird Drive
Waterfall, PA 16689

Huntingdon Area School District 814-641- 2104
Administrative Office
Ms. Robin Whitsel
2400 Cassady Avenue, Suite 2
Huntingdon, PA 16652-2602

Juniata County School District 717-436-
2111
Administrative Office
Ms. Jill Condo
75 South Seventh Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059

Juniata Valley School District 814-669- 9150
Administrative Office
Ms. Lisa Coble
7775 Juniata Valley Pike, PO Box 318 Alexandria, PA 16611

Mifflin County School District 717-248-
0148
Administrative Building
Ms. Tracey Quigley-Jones
201 Eighth Street, Highland Park
Lewistown, PA 17044

Mount Union Area School District 814-542- 2518
Administrative Center
Ms. Dianne Thomas
603 N. Industrial Drive
Mount Union, PA 17066

Southern Fulton School District 717-294-
3400
Southern Fulton High School
Ms. Diane Younker
3072 Great Cove Road, Suite 100
Warfordsburg, PA 17267

Southern Huntingdon School District 814-447- 5520
Southern Huntingdon County High School Ms. Stacey J. Miller
10339 Pogue Road
Three Springs, PA 17264-9730

Corrections Education 814-658- 4024 Trough Creek Youth Forestry Camp #3 Mr. Ronn Bargiel 4534 Tar Kiln Road James Creek, PA. 16657

NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS LOCATED IN IU 11

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 814-542-2501
Ms. Linda Dell
2527 US Hwy 522 S
McVeytown, PA 17051

CHARTER SCHOOLS

New Day Charter School 814-643-
7112
Ms. Deb Goodman
256 South 5th Street.
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Stone Valley Community Charter School 814-667- 2705
Dr. Kim Connelly
13006 Greenwood Road
Huntingdon, PA 16652

PRISONS

Huntingdon County Prison 814-641-
2104
Ms. Robin Whitsel
2400 Cassady Avenue, Suite 2
Huntingdon, PA 16652-2602

Mifflin County Prison 717-248-
0148
Ms. Tracey Quigley-Jones
201 Eighth Street, Highland Park
Lewistown, PA 17044



The school entity or charter school will not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, handicap, creed, marital status or because a person is a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. No preschool, elementary or secondary school pupil enrolled in a school district, Intermediate Unit, or charter school program shall be denied equal opportunity to participate in age and program appropriate instruction or activities due to race, color, handicap, creed, national origin, marital status or financial hardship

       

 

 

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