• 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.

    In accordance with 34 CFR § 300.624, please be advised of the following retention/destruction schedule for the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA), Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), and Keystone Exam related materials:

    • PSSA, Keystone Exam, and PASA test booklets will be destroyed one year after student reports are delivered for the administration associated with the test booklets.
    • PSSA and Keystone Exam answer booklets and PASA media recordings will be destroyed three years after completion of the assessment.

     

    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

    Dr. Michele Hammersla-Quick, Contact Person

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


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    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

    melissa.butterworth@beasd.net

    Bellefonte Area School District

    318 N. Allegheny Street

    Bellefonte, PA  16823

    Dr. Gina MacFalls, Contact Person

    814-355-4814

    gmacfall@basd.net

    Clearfield Area School District

    2831 Washington Avenue

    Clearfield, PA  16830

    Mr. Tom Mohney, Contact Person

    814-765-5511

    tom.mohney@clearfield.org

    Curwensville Area School District

    650 Beech Street

    Curwensville, PA  16833

    Ms. Shana Bailor, Contact Person

    814-236-2390

    sbailor@curwensville.org

    Glendale Area School District

    1466 Beaver Valley Road

    Flinton, PA  16640

    Mr. Rick Magulick, Contact Person

    814-687-3402

    rmagulick@gsd1.org

    Harmony Area School District

    5239 Ridge Road

    Westover, PA  16692

    Mrs. Sarah Teacher, Contact Person

    814-845-2300 steacher@harmonyowls.com

    Keystone Central School District

    86 Administration Dr.

    Lock Haven, PA  17745

    Dr. Michele Hammersla-Quick, Contact Person

    570-893-4900

    mhammersla@kcsd.k12.pa.us

    Penns Valley Area School District

    4528 Penns Valley Road

    Spring Mills, PA  16875

    Dr. Holly Sawyer, Contact Person

    814-422-2000

    hsawyer@pennsvalley.org

    Moshannon Valley School District

    4934 Green Acre Road

    Houtzdale, PA  16651

    Ms. Wendy Payne, Contact Person

    814-378-7683

    wpayne@movalley.org

    Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District 200 Short Street

    Philipsburg, PA  16866

    Mrs. Casey Marsh, Contact Person

    814-342-5985

    cbmarsh@pomounties.org

    State College Area School District

    240 Villa Crest Dr.

    State College, PA 16801

    Dr. Sharon Salter, Contact Person

    814-231-1072

    sfs14@scasd.org

    West Branch Area School District

    516 Allport Cutoff

    Morrisdale, PA  16858

    Ms. Allison Koleno, Contact Person

    814-345-5627

    akoleno@westbranch.org

    Centre Learning Community Charter School

    2643 West College Avenue

    State College, PA 16801

    Mr. Kosta Dussias, Contact Person

    814-861-7980

    kosta@clccharter.org

    Nittany Valley Charter School

    1612 Norma Street

    State College, PA 16801

    Ms. Kara Martin, Contact Person

    814-867-3842

    kara@nvcs.org

    Sugar Valley Rural Charter School

    36 East Main Street

    Loganton, PA 17747

    Ms. Carrie Doyle, Contact Person

    570-725-7822

    cdoyle@svrcs.org

    Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School

    1530 Westerly Parkway

    State College, PA 16801

    Mr. Levent Kaya, Contact Person

    814-237-9727

    kaya@yscp.org

    Clinton County Jail

    58 Pine Mountain Road

    McElhatten, PA 17748

    Dr. Michele Hammersla-Quick, Contact Person

    570-748-4660

    mhammersla@kcsd.k12.pa.us

    Clearfield County Jail

    115 Twenty First Street

    Clearfield, PA 16830

    Mr. Tom Mohney, Contact Person

    814-765-5511

    ttom.mohney@clearfield.org

    Centre County Correctional Facility

    700 Rishel Hill Road

    Bellefonte, PA 16823

    Dr. Gina MacFalls, Contact Person

    814-355-4814

    gmacfall@basd.net

    Central Counties Youth Detention Center

    148 Paradise Road

    Bellefonte, PA 16823

    Dr. Gina MacFalls, Contact Person

    814-355-4814

    gmacfall@basd.net

     

    Central PA Institute of Science and Technology

    540 N. Harrison Road Pleasant Gap, PA 16823

    Dr. Richard Makin, Contact Person

    814-359-2793

    Clearfield County Career and Technology Center

    1620 River Road

    Clearfield, PA 16830

    Mr. Fred Redden, Contact Person

    814-765-5308

     

    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.