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

(Revised May 20, 2009)

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 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 3 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. (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 you may contact, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Supervisor of Early Intervention Services, BLaST IU #17.

 

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 Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Supervisor of Early Intervention Services, BLaST IU #17.

 

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 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 education evaluation at public expense. 

 

Program Development

 

Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professional 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 CSs 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

 

BLaST Intermediate Unit #17

2400 Reach Road –PO Box 3609

Williamsport, PA  17701

570-323-8561

 

BLaST Intermediate Unit #17

33 Springbrook Drive

Canton, PA  17724

570-673-6001

 

Mr. Gary L. Nuss, Assistant Executive Director

 

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES

BRADFORD COUNTY

 

Athens Area School District

204 Willow Street

Athens, PA 18810

570-888-7766

 

 

Canton Area School District

509 East Main Street

Canton, PA  17724

570-673-3191

 

Northeast Bradford  School District

526 Panther Lane

Rome, PA  18837

570-744-2521

 

Sayre Area School District

333 West Lockhart Street

Sayre, PA  18840

570-888-7615

 

Towanda Area School District

PO Box 231

Towanda, PA  18848

570-265-9894

 

Troy Area School District

30 Taylor Street

Troy, PA  16947

570-297-2750

Wyalusing Area School District

Box 157

Wyalusing, PA  18853

570-746-1600

 

Bradford County Prison

543 Main Street

W. Burlington Twp, PA  16947

570-297-5047

TIOGA COUNTY

 

Northern Tioga School District

117 Coates Avenue

Elkland, PA  16920

814-258-5642

 

 

 

Southern Tioga School District

241 Main Street

Blossburg, PA  16912

570-638-2183

Wellsboro Area School District

227 Nichols Street

Wellsboro, PA  16901

570-724-4424

 

Tioga County Detention Center

PO Box 766

Wellsboro, PA  16901

570-724-5766

Tioga County Prison

1768 Shumway Hill Road

Wellsboro, PA  16901

570-724-5911

 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY

 

Sullivan County School District

Northern Central Bank Building

PO Box 346

Dushore, PA  18614

570-928-8194

 

 

LYCOMING COUNTY

 

East Lycoming School District

349 West Cemetery Street

Hughesville, PA  17737

570-584-2131

 

 

Jersey Shore Area School District

175 A& P Drive

Jersey Shore, PA  17740

570-398-1567

 

Loyalsock Township School District

1720 Sycamore Road

Montoursville, PA  17754

570-326-6508

 

Montgomery Area School District

120 Penn Street

Montgomery, PA  17752

570-547-1608

 

Montoursville Area School District

50 North Arch Street

Montoursville, PA  17754

570-368-2491

 

Muncy School District

46 South Main Street – 2nd Floor

Muncy, PA  17756

570-546-3125

South Williamsport Area School District

Raymond R. Rommelt Building

515 West Central Avenue

South Williamsport, PA  17702

570-327-1581

 

Williamsport Area School District

 Service Center

201 West Third Street

Williamsport, PA  17701

570-327-5500

Lycoming County Prison

277 West Third Street

Williamsport, PA  17701

 

 

 

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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