• 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.




    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. 




    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.


    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 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:



    Westmoreland Intermediate Unit
    Dr. Matthew Thomas, Student Services Director
    102 Equity Drive
    Greensburg, PA  15601-7190



    Belle Vernon Area School District

    Dayna Sikora
    Belle Vernon Administration Building
    270 Crest Avenue
    Belle Vernon, PA  15012
    724-808-2500, ext. 1103 


    Ligonier Valley School District
    Ed Moran
    Ligonier Valley Administration Office
    339 West Main Street
    Ligonier, PA  15658-1131
    724-238-5696, ext. 18 


    Burrell School District
    Dr. Gregory Egnor
    Stewart Elementary School
    2880 Leechburg Road 
    Lower Burrell, PA 15068
    724-334-1483, ext. 5004


     Monessen City School Distric
    Tiffany Jamieson
    Monessen Elementary Center 
    1275 Rostraver Street
    Monessen, PA  15062-2099
    Derry Area School District
    Dr. Kathy Perry
    Derry Area Administration Office 
    982 N. Chestnut Street Extension
    Derry, PA  15627-7600


    Mount Pleasant Area School District
    Anthony DeMaro
    Mt. Pleasant Administration Office 
    271 State Street
    Mount Pleasant, PA  15666
    Anna Hare
    Coordinator of Special Education
    Franklin Regional School District
    Franklin Regional Administration Office 
    Dr. Richard Regelski
    3210 School Road
    Murrysville, PA  15668-1553
    724-327-5456, ext. 7615


    New Kensington-Arnold School District
    Shaun Sperl
    Valley Jr. - Sr. High School 
    707 Stevenson Boulevard
    New Kensington, PA     15068
    724-337-4536, ext. 1132
    Greater Latrobe School District
    Dr. Lucinda Soltys
    Greater Latrobe Central Administration Office
    1816 Lincoln Road
    Latrobe, PA  15650 -1598


    Norwin School District
    Dr. Stacey Snyder
    Norwin Administration Building
    281 McMahon Drive
    North Huntingdon, PA  15642
    724-861-3000, ext.1113
    Greensburg Salem School District
    Todd McMillen
    Greensburg Salem Administration Office
    1 Academy Hill Place
     Greensburg, PA  15601-1839


    Penn-Trafford School District
    Greg Karazsia
    Penn-Trafford Administration Building
    1006 Harrison City/Export Road 
    P.O. Box 530
    Harrison City, PA  15636-0530
    Hempfield Area School District
    Jeffery Coover 
    Director of Student Services
    Hempfield Area School District
    4347 Route 136
    Greensburg, PA  15601
    Darla Bryant
    Supervisor of Special Education
    Hempfield Area School District
    4345 Route 136
    Greensburg, Pa  15601



    Southmoreland School District
    Ronald Heitchue
    Director of Student Services
    Southmoreland School District
    200 Scottie Way
    Scottdale, PA  15683
    Jeannette City School District
    Stuart J. Albaugh
    Jeannette Senior High School
    800 Florida Avenue 
    Jeannette, PA     15644-0418
    724-523-5497, ext. 1008



    Yough School District
    Dawn Hildenbrand
    Yough District Administration Office 
    915 Lowber Road
    Herminie, PA     15637
    724-446-7272, ext. 1004


    Kiski Area School District
    Richael Anderson
    Kiski Area School District
    250 Hyde Park Road
    Leechburg, PA     15656
    Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School
    Eric Guldin
    1133 Village Way
    Latrobe, PA     15650
    Nicole Myers
    1133 Village Way
    Latrobe, PA     15650



    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.

Last Modified on August 1, 2018