Child Find Information

  • 2019-2020 Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services and Programs, for Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Local School Districts and Other Local Agencies Providing Services for Gifted Students and Protected Handicapped Students

    August 2019

    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.

    Children ages three to school-age may be eligible for Early Intervention services if they are experiencing developmental delays. Developmental delays, as defined by the State and as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments, include a 25 percent delay or a test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on a standardized assessment in one of the following developmental areas: physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development or adaptive development. A young child may also be deemed eligible if they are determined to have a diagnosed disability as defined by PA Chapter 14 regulations. Eligibility for Early Intervention services is two-pronged. The child must be diagnosed with a developmental delay or a diagnosed disability and display a need for specially designed instruction. Specially designed instruction means adapting the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of the child and to ensure access to the general education curriculum.

    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. Parents of preschool age children, age three through five, may request an evaluation in writing by addressing a letter to the intermediate unit staff.

    Consent
    School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation or reevaluation, 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 or your educational agency.  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 education evaluation at public expense.

    Program Development
    Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professionals 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 SDs, IUs and CSs 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.

    In accordance with 34 CFR § 300.624, please be advised of the following retention/destruction schedule for the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA), Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), and Keystone Exam related materials:
    PSSA, Keystone Exam, and PASA test booklets will be destroyed one year after student reports are delivered for the administration associated with the test booklets.

    PSSA and Keystone Exam answer booklets and PASA media recordings will be destroyed three years after completion of the assessment.

    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 UNIT 16
    Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
    570-523-1155, ext. 2212
    Jennifer C. Williams
    90 Lawton Lane
    Milton, PA  17847

    CSIU Early Intervention
    570-523-1155, ext. 2226
    Terri Locke
    90 Lawton Lane
    Milton, PA  17847

    SCHOOL DISTRICT/VOCATIONAL SCHOOL OFFICES
    Benton Area School District
    600 Green Acres Road
    Benton, PA  17814
    Lindsay Rado
    570-925-0913

    Berwick Area School District
    500 Line Street
    Berwick, PA  18603
    Wendy Kupsky
    570-759-6400, ext. 3538

    Bloomsburg Area School District
    728 East Fifth Street
    Bloomsburg, PA  17815
    Brandee Faust (elementary)
    Kaitlyn Hall (secondary)
    570-784-7885, ext. 1148

    Central Columbia School District
    4777 Old Berwick Road
    Bloomsburg, PA  17815
    Christina Fish
    570-784-2850, ext. 4004

    Danville Area School District
    931 Ironmen Lane
    Danville, PA 17821
    Donna Christensen
    570-271-3268, ext 3719

    Lewisburg Area School District
    1951 Washington Ave., PO Box 351
    Lewisburg, PA  17837
    Pamela Kramer
    570-522-3277

    Line Mountain School District
    185 Line Mountain Road
    Herndon, PA  17830
    Amy Dunn
    570-758-2640, ext. 6021

    Midd-West School District
    568 East Main Street
    Middleburg, PA  17842
    Lee Bzdil
    570-837-0046, ext. 141

    Mifflinburg Area School District
    178 Maple Street, Box 285
    Mifflinburg, PA  17844
    Linda Kline
    570-966-8281

    Millville Area School District
    330 East Main Street, PO Box 260
    Millville, PA  17846
    Dee Davis
    570-458-5538, ext. 1007

    Milton Area School District
    700 Mahoning Street
    Milton, PA  17847
    Catherine Girton
    Jennifer Oiler
    570-742-0539

    Mt. Carmel Area School District
    600 West Fifth Street
    Mount Carmel, PA  17851
    Nicole Edmondson
    570-339-1500, ext. 3149

    Selinsgrove Area School District
    401 North 18th Street
    Selinsgrove, PA  17870
    Susan Lipsey
    570-372-2215

    Shamokin Area School District
    2000 West State Street
    Coal Township, PA  17866
    Sherry Glosek
    570-648-5731, ext. 3601

    Shikellamy School District
    200 Island Boulevard
    Sunbury, PA  17801
    Stephanie Michaels
    570-286-3724

    Southern Columbia Area School District
    800 Southern Drive
    Catawissa, PA  17820
    Jennifer Snyder
    570-356-3510

    Warrior Run School District
    4800 Susquehanna Trail
    Turbotville, PA  17772
    Julie Petrin
    570-649-5138, ext. 228

    North Central Secure Treatment
    13 Kirkbride Drive
    Danville, PA 17821
    Charles Bomboy
    570-271-4752

    Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School
    5050 Sweppenheiser Drive
    Bloomsburg, PA  17815
    James Dunkelberger
    570-784-8040

    Northumberland County Career and Technology Center
    1700-2000 West Montgomery Street
    Coal Township, PA  17866
    Dr. James E. Catino
    570-644-0304

    SUN Area Technical Institute
    815 East Market Street and 21st Century Drive
    New Berlin, PA  17855
    Jennifer Hain
    570-966-1034

    NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS LOCATED IN IU 16
    Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
    570-523-1155, ext. 2314
    Rae Ann Crispell
    90 Lawton Lane
    Milton, PA  17847

    CHARTER SCHOOLS
    SusQ-Cyber Charter School
    240 Market Street, Box 1A, Suite 15
    Bloomsburg, PA  17815
    Patricia Leighow
    570-245-0252, ext. 309

    PRISONS
    Columbia County Prison
    721 Iron Street
    Bloomsburg, PA  17815
    David Varano
    570-784-4815

    Montour County Prison
    117 Church Street
    Danville, PA  17821
    William Wilt, III
    570-271-3039

    Northumberland County Prison
    1 Kelley Drive
    Coal Township, PA 17866
    Bruce Kovach
    570-988-4232

    Snyder County Prison
    600 Old Colony Road
    Selinsgrove, PA  17870
    Shawn Cooper
    570-374-7912

    Union County Jail
    Union County Courthouse
    Lewisburg, PA  17837
    Douglas Shaffer
    570-524-8711

    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.