• 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 (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, including screening and evaluations,  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 21 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 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.  (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, Ms. Angie Sees, 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 Ms. Angie Sees, 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 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 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 school districts, intermediate units and charter schools 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

     

    Ms. Jennifer Starner, Director, Division of Student Services

     

     

    SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES

    BRADFORD COUNTY

     

    Athens Area School District

    401 West Frederick Street, Suite 1

    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

    570-888-6121

    Towanda Area School District

    410 State Street

    Towanda, PA 18848

    570-265-9894

     

    Troy Area School District

    68 Fenner Ave

    Troy, PA 16947

    570-297-2750

    Wyalusing Area School District

    Box 157

    Wyalusing, PA 18853

    570-746-1600

     

    Bradford County Prison

    15927 Route 6

    Troy, PA 16947

    570-297-5047

    TIOGA COUNTY

     

    Northern Tioga School District

    110 Ellison Road

    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 Prison           

    1768 Shumway Hill Road

    Wellsboro, PA 16901

    570-724-5911

    SULLIVAN COUNTY

     

    Sullivan County School District

    777 South Street, PO Box 240

    Laporte, PA 18626

    570-946-8200

     

     

    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

    1605 Four Mile Drive

    Williamsport, PA 17701

    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

    206 Sherman Street

    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

    2780 West Fourth Street

    Williamsport, PA 17701

    570-327-5000

    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.