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Annual Notice

6 months ago

ANNUAL PUBLIC NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND

PROGRAMS, SERVICES FOR GIFTED STUDENTS, AND SERVICES FOR

PROTECTED HANDICAPPED STUDENTS

 

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 and intermediate units 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 and intermediate unit 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 and intermediate unit shall publish written information in the handbook and on the website. 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 their district of residence. Contact information is listed at the end of this public notice.

Children age three through the age of admission to first grade are also eligible if they have developmental delays and, as a result, need Special Education and related services. Developmental delay is defined as a child who is less than the age of beginners and at least three years of age and is considered to have a developmental delay when one of the following exists: (i) The child’s score, on a developmental assessment device, on an assessment instrument which yields a score in months, indicates that the child is delayed by 25% of the child’s chronological age in one or more developmental areas, or (ii) The child is delayed in one or more of the developmental areas, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests. Developmental areas include cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional and self-help. For additional information contact the intermediate unit. Contact information is listed at the end of this public notice.

 

Evaluation Process

Each school district and intermediate unit 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. Parents of preschool age children, age three through five, may request an evaluation in writing by addressing a letter to the Early Intervention Program Director, Central Intermediate Unit #10, 345 Link Road, West Decatur, PA 16878.

 

Consent

School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation 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.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 educational evaluation at public expense.

 

Program Development

Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professionals and the parents determine whether the child is eligible. If the child is eligible, the individualized education program (IEP) 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 or intermediate unit 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 school districts and to some extent the intermediate unit maintain records concerning 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 states. 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 entity listed below. For preschool age children, information, screenings and evaluations requested, may be obtained by contacting the intermediate unit.

 

INTERMEDIATE UNIT OFFICE

Central Intermediate Unit # 10

345 Link Road

West Decatur, PA 16878

814-342-0884 or 800-982-3375 (PA Only)

                                                                                                                                                                               

SCHOOL DISTRICT and CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICES

 

Bald Eagle Area School District

751 S. Eagle Valley Road               

Wingate, PA16823

Ms. Melissa Butterworth, Contact Person

814-355-5731    

Bellefonte Area School District

318 N. Allegheny Street

Bellefonte, PA16823

Ms. Gina MacFalls, Contact Person

814-353-5307

Clearfield Area School District

P.O. Box 710, 438 River Street

Clearfield, PA16830

Mr. Tom Mohney, Contact Person

814-765-5511

Curwensville Area School District               

650 Beech Street

Curwensville, PA16833

Ms. Casey Marsh, Contact Person

814-236-2390

Glendale Area School District

1466 Beaver Valley Road              

Flinton, PA16640

Ms. Ginger Bakaysa, Contact Person

814-687-3402

Harmony Area School District

5239 Ridge Road

Westover, PA16692

Ms. Terri Butterworth, Contact Person

814-845-2300

Keystone Central School District

301 Frederick Street

Lock Haven, PA17745

Ms. Judith Petruzzi, Contact Person               

570-748-4660

Penns Valley Area School District               

4528 Penns Valley Road

Spring Mills, PA16875    

Ms. Bobbi Jo Wakefield, Contact Person

814-422-8814

Moshannon Valley School District

4934 Green Acre Road

Houtzdale, PA16651

Ms. Pamela Stone, Contact Person

814-378-7683, Ext. 3103

Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District

1810 Black Moshannon Road

Philipsburg, PA16866

Ms. Cindi Marsh, Contact Person

814-342-5985

State College Area School District               

154 West Nittany Avenue           

State College, PA 16801

Mr. Pat Moore, Contact Person

814-231-1072

West Branch Area School District

516 Allport Cutoff

Morrisdale, PA16858      

Ms. Wendy Fernburg, Contact Person

814-345-5627

Centre Learning Community Charter School 2643 West College Avenue

State College, PA 16801

Mr. Kosta Dussias, Contact Person

814-861-7980

Nittany Valley Charter School

1612 Norma Street

State College, PA 16801

Ms. Carolyn Maroncelli, Contact Person

814-867-3842

Sugar Valley Rural Charter School

236 East Main Street

Loganton, PA 17747

Ms. Carrie Nixon, Contact Person

570-725-7822

Wonderland Charter School

2112 Sandy Drive

State College, PA 16803

Mr. Harold Ohnmeis, Contact Person

814-234-5886

Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School

1530 Westerly Parkway

State College, PA 16801

Levent Kaya, Contact Person

814-237-9727

Clinton County Jail

58 Pine Mountain Road

McElhatten, PA 17748

Ms. Judith Petruzzi, Contact Person 

570-748-4660    

Clearfield County Jail

115 Twenty First Street

Clearfield, PA 16830

Mr. Tom Mohney, Contact Person

814-765-5511

Centre County Correctional Facility

700 Rishel Hill Road

Bellefonte, PA 16823

Gina MacFalls, Sp. Ed. Supervisor

814-353-5307

Central Counties Youth Center

148 Paradise Road

Bellefonte, PA 16823

Gina MacFalls, Sp. Ed. Supervisor

814-355-5307

 

The school district or intermediate unit 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 or intermediate unit 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.

 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

6 months ago

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.


FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."


  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.


For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.


Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

 

Overview

6 months ago

Special Education Department   

650 Beech Street                                                                                        

Curwensville, PA 16833

(814) 236-2390 phone     (814) 236-2392 fax

 

Lisa Nelen

High School Life Skills

7-12

Teresa Ardary

Learning Support

3-4

Jennifer Butler

Learning Support

5-6

Jason Butler

Life Skills Support

K-6

Haley Strong   

Elem. Emotional/ Autistic Support

K-6

Rose Lee

Speech and Language Therapist

K-6

Renee Weible

Speech and Language Therapist

K-12

Carol Miller

Learning Support

7-8

Sharon LaBorde

Learning Support

9-12

Nick Pisarcik

Learning Support

9-12

Christy Danko

Learning Support

7-8

Rebecca Miller    

Elementary Gifted Program

K-6

Shelli Berry   

High School Gifted Program   

7-12

Amy Finn

Psychologist

K-12

Judy Davis

Special Education Secretary

K-12

Shana Bailor

Special Education Supervisor

K-12

 

Parent Resources

6 months ago

Autism society of America: 
www.autism-society.org
 
Council for Exceptional Children:
www.cec.sped.org 
 
Pennsyvania Association for the Gifted Education:
 
Parent Resources through PATTAN:
National Parent Teacher Association :
 www.pta.org

Pennsylvania Parent Information and Resource Center (PAPIRC) :
 http://www.center-school.org/pa-pirc/
 
Parent Education Network:
http://www.parentednet.org/
 
Pennsylvania Department of Education:
 
Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide