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Special Education Department 

751 South Eagle Valley Road
Wingate, PA 16823
Phone: 814-355-5731
FAX: 814-355-5157

Special Education Plan July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

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
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 Hartzell, Contact Person
814-845-2300
shartzell@harmonyowls.com
Keystone Central School District
301 Frederick Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Ms. Marisha Cruz, Contact Person
570-893-4900
mcruz@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
154 West Nittany Avenue
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
236 East Main Street
Loganton, PA 17747
Ms. Carrie Doyle, Contact Person
570-725-7822
cdoyle@svrcs.org
Wonderland Charter School
2112 Sandy Drive
State College, PA 16803
Mr. Harold Ohnmeis, Contact Person
814-234-5886
hohnmeis@wonderlandcharter.com
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. Marisha Cruz, Contact Person
570-748-4660
mcruz@kcsd.k12.pa.us
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
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.