Peters
Township
School District
631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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Special Education

About Us

The Peters Township School District, in conjunction with Intermediate Unit 1 and other contracted services and agencies, provides services for children identified as having special needs. The need for special education services is based upon data gathered by a multi-disciplinary team and reviewed by an Individual Education Planning (IEP) Team. Parents of a child recommended for special education are involved throughout the screening and evaluation process, as well as in the development of an individual education program for their child.

Classes are provided for learning disabled, emotionally disabled and mentally challenged students at their home schools. Classes for other special education programs are located in nearby school districts, with transportation provided by the Peters Township School District.

Speech, hearing, and vision therapists work on an individual and small group basis with children who have identified speech, hearing and / or vision problems that interfere with learning. Likewise, physical and occupational therapy are provided as recommended by the Individual Education Planning Team to support the child's IEP.

School psychologists are available through the Intermediate Unit 1 and independent contractors. Upon the request of a building principal, these psychologists, as members of the multi-disciplinary team, assist in the analysis of student data and make recommendations concerning placement and / or services.

Special Education Plan
The Special Education Plan is available for public inspection in the District’s Administrative Offices. This plan will be approved by the Board of Directors at April’s Legislative Board Meeting. Please contact Mrs. Patty Kelly, Director of Pupil Services, for more information.
Receiving District Emails
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Early Intervention Transition: Child Find

Act 212 of 1990, the Early Intervention Systems Act. Established early intervention services in Pennsylvania for children with disabilities from age three to the age of beginners (that is the minimum age established by each school district for admission to first grade. According to 20 U.S. C. 1419 and under Pennsylvania’s State Special education Plan, all students transitioning from early intervention programs to kindergarten or first grade programs within their school district of residence are to do so without interruption in program. All children who are not provided with transition procedures will remain eligible for the early intervention services described in their preschool IEPs when they enter kindergarten or first grade.

Early intervention programs are annually responsible for identifying, by February 1, all children who are approaching the age for kindergarten or first grade in their district of residence, notifying families of children approaching kindergarten age that their children may remain in early intervention for another year, informing families about the transition process; convening transition meetings (which must also be attended by the district of residence); and ascertaining whether the family intends to register the child with their school district of residence for the next year.

For those children whose parents have indicated their intention to register them in a district kindergarten or firs grade, school districts must conduct multidisciplinary evaluations (MDE) and develop individualized educational programs (IEP) in accordance with the timelines mandated in Pa. Code Chapter 14.

Screening and Evaluation

The Peters Township School District employs the following procedures for locating, identifying and evaluating the needs of school age students requiring special education programs and / or services. These procedures, as required by State regulations, are as follows:

As prescribed by Section 1402 and 1403 of the School Code, the district routinely conducts health screening for kindergarten (K) through 12th grade students: Vision (K-8, 10); Hearing (K-3-11); Height / Weight (K-12); Mandated Physical Exams (K, 6,11) and Sports Physicals; Dental Screening (K, 1,3,7,10); Scoliosis Screening (6,7).

Speech and language skills are screened in kindergarten and on a referral basis by the speech clinicians in each building.

Gross motor and fine motor skills, academic and social emotional skills are assessed by the teachers and support staff on an ongoing basis. Various screening activities on an ongoing basis include: review of group-based data such as cumulative enrollment and health records, report cards, ability and achievement test scores. Identified needs from these screening sources, as well as information obtained from parents and outside agencies, are assessed, noted within the student's record and discussed with parents. Screening information will be used by teams of professionals (i.e. Instructional Support, and/or Student Assistance, etc.) within the student's school to meet his or her specific needs or to document the need for further evaluation. If it is determined that a child needs additional services, the teams of professionals will make adjustments relative to such things as the child's learning style, behavior, physical inabilities, and speech difficulties to be more in keeping with traditional classroom experience. If a student does not make progress, parents will be asked to give written permission for further individual professional evaluations.

Following the professional evaluation, an evaluation report is prepared with parent involvement and includes specific recommendation of the type of intervention necessary to address the needs of the student. When the evaluation report is competed in accordance with the State regulations, an education planning team meeting with parents' involved is scheduled to develop an appropriate education plan for the student.

Parents of students who suspect their child is in need of special education may request a multidisciplinary team evaluation of their child through a written request to the building principal or director of pupil services.

Evaluation Report

Following the professional evaluation, an evaluation report is prepared with parent involvement and includes specific recommendation of the type of intervention necessary to address the needs of the student. When the evaluation report is competed in accordance with the State regulations, an education planning team meeting with parents' involved is scheduled to develop an appropriate education plan for the student.

Parents of students who suspect their child is in need of special education may request a multidisciplinary team evaluation of their child through a written request to the building principal or director of pupil services.

Services for School Age Students With Disabilities or Mental Giftedness

The Peters Township School District provides a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities and/or mental giftedness according to state and federal mandates. To be eligible, the child must be of school age, have a disability or mental giftedness and be in need of specially designed instruction. In addition, the student must meet eligibility criteria for mental giftedness and/or one or more of the following physical or metal disabilities as set forth in the Pennsylvania State Regulations; autism, deaf-blindness, visual impairment, including blindness, deafness, hearing impairment, metal retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, other health impairment, traumatic brain injury, or speech/language impairment.

Services designed to meet the needs of disabled students or mentally gifted students include the annual development of an individualized education program (IEP) for disabled students, triennial, multidisciplinary reevaluation (except for those students with metal retardation where the reevaluation occurs on a biennial basis). In addition, types of program interventions are supportive intervention in the regular class, supplemental intervention in the regular class; a special education resource program; placement in a part-time or full-time special education class in a regular school; or, placement in a full0time special education class outside of the regular school. The extent of special education services for disabled or mentally gifted students and the location of the delivery of such derives are based upon student's identified needs and/or abilities, chronological age and the level of intensity of the specified interventions. Parents are an integral part of the IEP team and are encouraged to be physically present at the IEP meeting. The school district also provided related services, such as transportation, physical therapy and occupational therapy that are required to enable the student with disabilities to derive educational benefits.

Prior to the initiation of services, parents of a student with disabilities are presented a "Notice of Recommend Educational Placement" (NOREP) and parents of a mentally gifted student with a “Notice of Recommendation Assignment (NORA) with which they may agree or disagree. If parents disagree with the program being recommended, they have the right to request a pre-hearing conference, mediation, and/or a due process hearing.

Services for Students In Non Public Schools

Public special education is accessible to resident students attending nonpublic schools by permitting the nonpublic school student with a disability to enroll on a part-time dual enrollment basis in a special education program operated in a public school.

Parents of nonpublic school student who suspect that their child in disabled and in need of special education may request a multidisciplinary team evaluation of their child through a written request to the building principal.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Peters Township School District will not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, handicap, marital status or because a person is a disabled veteran or a veteran. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for employees and program participants who are disabled. No preschool, elementary or secondary school student enrolled in an Intermediate Unit program shall be denied equal opportunity to participate in age and program appropriate instruction or activities due to race, color, disability, handicap, creed, national origin, marital status or financial hardship. Participation in instruction and activities for a student identified as exceptional may be modified according to the Individual Educational Program (IEP) developed for the student. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for students who are disabled.

The policy of nondiscrimination extends to all legally protected classifications. Publication of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Inquiries should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent's office at Peters Township School District , 631 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317.

Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities

Transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school including successful participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. These three areas are often referred to as "post-school outcomes" and are the driving force behind IEPS written for students in high school. Transition planning can begin in middle or early high school as students explore what they want their post-outcomes to be through career awareness and career exploration activities. It continues through high school as instruction supports these outcomes. During the course of transition planning, families are provided with information about community agencies such as the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation. These agencies and others, may be able to assist students after they leave high school. For additional informational regarding Transition Planning, please contact the Special Education Supervisor.

Contact Us

Inquiries should be directed to:

Mrs. Patricia Kelly
Director of Pupil Services
Tel 724 941-6251 ext 7271
Email: kellyp@pt-sd.org

 

Patricia Myers
Secretary
Tel 724 941-6251 ext 7225
Fax 724 941-6565

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Peters
Township
School District
Peters Township School District
631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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