Child Find Information

  • 2020-2021 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 2020

     

    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

    Pamela Hegland

    570-759-6400, ext. 3538

     

    Bloomsburg Area School District

    728 East Fifth Street

    Bloomsburg, PA 17815

    Brandee Faust

    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

    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.