• Special Education Annual Notice

    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, PA 16823
    Ms. Melissa Butterworth, Contact Person
    814-355-5731
     
    Bellefonte Area School District
    318 N. Allegheny Street
    Bellefonte, PA 16823
    Ms. Gina MacFalls, Contact Person
    814-353-5307
    Clearfield Area School District
    P.O. Box 710, 438 River Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Mr. Tom Mohney, Contact Person
    814-765-5511
    Curwensville Area School District
    650 Beech Street
    Curwensville, PA 16833
    Ms. Casey Marsh, Contact Person
    814-236-2390
     
    Glendale Area School District
    1466 Beaver Valley Road
    Flinton, PA 16640
    Ms. Ginger Bakaysa, Contact Person
    814-687-3402
    Harmony Area School District
    5239 Ridge Road
    Westover, PA 16692
    Ms. Terri Butterworth, Contact Person
    814-845-2300
    Keystone Central School District
    301 Frederick Street
    Lock Haven, PA 17745
    Ms. Judith Petruzzi, Contact Person
    570-748-4660
     
    Penns Valley Area School District
    4528 Penns Valley Road
    Spring Mills, PA 16875
    Ms. Bobbi Jo Wakefield, Contact Person
    814-422-8814
    Moshannon Valley School District
    4934 Green Acre Road
    Houtzdale, PA 16651
    Ms. Pamela Stone, Contact Person
    814-378-7683, Ext. 3103
    Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District
    1810 Black Moshannon Road
    Philipsburg, PA 16866
    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, PA 16858
    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.
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