Annual Public Notice
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Public and Parental Information Notice
SOUTHERN FULTON SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLIC AND PARENTAL INFORMATION NOTICE v SCREENING AND EVALUATION SERVICES FOR SCHOOL-AGE EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
The Southern Fulton School District provides exceptional students free, appropriate public education. To qualify as an exceptional student, the child must be of school age, in need of specially designed instruction, and meet the eligibility criteria for mentally gifted and/or one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities, as outlined in the Pennsylvania State standards: autism, blindness/visual impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disability and speech/language impairment, deaf-blindness, orthopedic impairment, hearing impairment (including deafness).
The district uses an identification procedure to ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate educational program consisting of special education and related services, individualized to meet the student's needs. At no cost to the parent, these services are provided in compliance with state and federal law and are reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefits and student progress.
Various screening activities are conducted on an ongoing basis to identify students who may be eligible for special education. These screening activities include reviewing group-based data, cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards, ability, and achievement test scores, hearing, vision, physical, and speech/language screening, and review by the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team. When screening results suggest that a student might be exceptional, the district seeks parental consent to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation.
Parents who suspect their child is exceptional may request a multidisciplinary evaluation at any time through a written request to the building principal.
Services designed to meet the needs of exceptional students include the annual development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), bi-annual and tri-annual multi-disciplinary reevaluation, support intervention in the regular class, supplemental intervention in the regular class or in the special education resource program, placement in a part-time or full-time special education class in a regular school or placement in a full-time class in another location other than the regular school. The extent of special education services and the location for the delivery of such services are determined by the IEP team and are based on the student’s identified needs and abilities, chronological age, and the level of intensity of the specific intervention. The district also provides related services, such as transportation, speech and language therapy, and physical and occupational therapy if the student qualifies for the service and will benefit from the special education program.
Parents may obtain additional information regarding special education programs and services and due process rights by contacting the child’s school principal or calling the central office at 717-294-3400.
SERVICES FOR PROTECTED HANDICAPPED STUDENTS
In compliance with state and federal law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Southern Fulton School District will provide each handicapped student enrolled in the district. The services or accommodations needed to provide equal opportunity for students to participate in and obtain benefits from the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. These related aides are provided without discrimination or cost to the student and family. To qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be of school age with a mental or physical disability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. Services and protections for protected handicapped students are distinct from those that apply to exceptional students enrolled in or seeking special programs.
Students who meet the criteria of a protected handicapped student will have a 504 Plan developed for use in school. The Plan specifies the nature of the impairment, the major life activity affected by the impairment, the accommodations necessary to provide access based on the student’s needs, and the person(s) responsible for implementing the accommodations. Services and protections for protected handicapped students are distinct from those applicable to exceptional students enrolled or seeking enrollment in special education programs.
Protected handicapped students fall under Pennsylvania Chapter 15, Title 22, Regulations of the State Board of Education (Section 504, 1973 Rehabilitation Act). In contrast, students with disabilities who qualify for special education services are covered by the regulations contained in Chapter 14. For further information about protected handicapped students, contact the building principal or central office at 717-294-3400.
Act 212, the Early Intervention Services System, entitles all pre-school children with disabilities to appropriate early intervention services. Young children experiencing developmental delays, physical or mental disabilities, and their families are eligible for early intervention services. At-risk children are eligible for screening and tracking. The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning is responsible for providing services to infants and toddlers, defined as children from birth to two years of age. For information contact the central office. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing services to preschool children ages 3 thru 5. For information, contact Tuscarora Intermediate Unit, Early Intervention Program 717-899-7143.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS
The privacy rights of parents and students are mandated by federal legislation known as the Family Educational Rights of Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), state regulations (Chapter 14 – Student Rights and Responsibilities), and district policy. The different categories of information maintained by the school district are educational and health records, personally identifiable information, and directory information. Except for receiving school districts, educational and health records and personally identifiable information cannot be disclosed or released without parent consent if a student is eighteen. Information known as directory information can be released without consent. Directory information means information that would be considered not harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. This information includes the student’s name, address, date, and place of birth, courses taken, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. Written parental, or a student age eighteen or older, the request is required to disclose educational and health records and personally identifiable information. The consent must: specify the records that may be disclosed, the purpose of the disclosure, and identify the party to whom the disclosure may be made. A written record of the disclosure must be maintained by the school district. Informational access and school records are available to parents, their representatives, and to students eighteen years of age or older.
It is the policy of the Southern Fulton School District not to discriminate based on race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, handicap, or limited English proficiency in its educational programs, services, facilities, activities, or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Section 504 Regulations of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 204 Regulations of the 1984 Carl D. Perkins Act or any applicable Federal statute. For information regarding programs, services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped persons; or for inquiries regarding civil rights compliance, contact: the Southern Fulton School District or the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C. This information has been prepared by the Southern Fulton School District to provide parents and/or guardians information about special education services which are available throughout the school district and procedure for accessing these services. Any questions regarding this information or options available to students should be directed to the building principal or special education director.