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.
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.
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.
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 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 UNITWestmoreland Intermediate UnitDr. Matthew Thomas, Student Services Director102 Equity DriveGreensburg, PA 15601-7190724-836-2460
SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICESBelle Vernon Area School District
Dayna SikoraBelle Vernon Administration Building270 Crest AvenueBelle Vernon, PA 15012724-808-2500, ext. 1103Ligonier Valley School DistrictEd MoranLigonier Valley Administration Office339 West Main StreetLigonier, PA 15658-1131724-238-5696, ext. 18Burrell School DistrictDr. Gregory EgnorStewart Elementary School2880 Leechburg RoadLower Burrell, PA 15068724-334-1483, ext. 5004Monessen City School DistricTiffany JamiesonMonessen Elementary Center1275 Rostraver StreetMonessen, PA 15062-2099724-684-7862Derry Area School DistrictDr. Kathy PerryDerry Area Administration Office982 N. Chestnut Street ExtensionDerry, PA 15627-7600724-694-1408Mount Pleasant Area School DistrictAnthony DeMaroMt. Pleasant Administration Office271 State StreetMount Pleasant, PA 15666724-547-4100Anna HareCoordinator of Special Education724-547-4100Franklin Regional School DistrictFranklin Regional Administration OfficeDr. Richard Regelski3210 School RoadMurrysville, PA 15668-1553724-327-5456, ext. 7615New Kensington-Arnold School DistrictShaun SperlValley Jr. - Sr. High School707 Stevenson BoulevardNew Kensington, PA 15068724-337-4536, ext. 1132Greater Latrobe School DistrictDr. Lucinda SoltysGreater Latrobe Central Administration Office1816 Lincoln RoadLatrobe, PA 15650 -1598724-539-4213Norwin School DistrictDr. Stacey SnyderNorwin Administration Building281 McMahon DriveNorth Huntingdon, PA 15642724-861-3000, ext.1113Greensburg Salem School DistrictTodd McMillenGreensburg Salem Administration Office1 Academy Hill PlaceGreensburg, PA 15601-1839724-832-2913Penn-Trafford School DistrictGreg KarazsiaPenn-Trafford Administration Building1006 Harrison City/Export RoadP.O. Box 530Harrison City, PA 15636-0530724-744-4496Hempfield Area School DistrictJeffery CooverDirector of Student ServicesHempfield Area School District4347 Route 136Greensburg, PA 15601724-850-2229Darla BryantSupervisor of Special EducationHempfield Area School District4345 Route 136Greensburg, Pa 15601724-850-2457Southmoreland School DistrictRonald HeitchueDirector of Student ServicesSouthmoreland School District200 Scottie WayScottdale, PA 15683724-887-2009Jeannette City School DistrictStuart J. AlbaughJeannette Senior High School800 Florida AvenueJeannette, PA 15644-0418724-523-5497, ext. 1008Yough School DistrictDawn HildenbrandYough District Administration Office915 Lowber RoadHerminie, PA 15637724-446-7272, ext. 1004Kiski Area School DistrictRichael AndersonKiski Area School District250 Hyde Park RoadLeechburg, PA 15656724-842-0452Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter SchoolEric Guldin1133 Village WayLatrobe, PA 15650724-537-9110Nicole Myers1133 Village WayLatrobe, PA 15650724-537-9110
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.