Special Education/Student Support Services

A Guide to Special Education Services and Programs


Any questions regarding this information or other options which may be available should be directed to:

Waynesboro Area School District
210 Clayton Avenue
Waynesboro, Pa 17268

Sherri Sullivan,
Director of Special Education/Student Support Services

(717) 762-1191, Ext. 1126
sherri_sullivan@wasdpa.org

Erica McDonald
Supervisor of Special Education
(717) 762-1191, Ext. 1124
erica_mcdonald@wasdpa.org

This guide lists and explains the Special Education Services and Programs available in the District. The Learning Support, Emotional Support, Autistic Support and Gifted program are operated by the School District. Other special education services and programs are provided in conjunction with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12.

  • Instructional Support:  Every effort will be made to adapt a regular education program to your child's needs before he is evaluated for special education services. Classroom adjustments may include curricular adaptations, modifications in assignments, changes in instructional approaches, and/or changes in instructional or behavioral management approaches.
  • Due Process:  The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ensures everyone "due process" and "equal protection" of the law. Due process is a series of steps to guarantee each pupil a free, appropriate public education. At each step in determining your child's need for specially designed instruction, parents are involved in the decision-making process. An explanation of your due process rights is available upon request in our schools.
  • Confidentiality:  The District ensures the confidentiality of student records in the following ways:
    • Limited access to authorized school personnel for the purpose of aiding the student.
    • Obtaining parental approval for release of information to all other sources.
  • Autistic Support/PDD:  Services and programs for exceptional pupils with a diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).
  • Emotional Support:  Services and programs for pupils with inappropriate behavior and inability to develop interpersonal relationships that adversely affect educational performance over a long period of time.
  • Hearing Impaired Support:  Services and programs for pupils with hearing loss, ranging from mild to severe, interfering with communication.
  • Learning Support:  Services and programs for exceptional pupils whose primary identified need is academic support.
  • Life Skills Support:  Services and programs for exceptional pupils where instruction is focused primarily on functional academics and daily living.
  • Multiple Disabilities Support:  Services and programs for exceptional pupils who are identified as having a combination of physical and mental disabilities.
  • Physical / Occupational Therapy:  Services and programs for exceptional pupils with orthopedic and/or fine motor skill difficulties.
  • Speech and Language Support:  Services and programs for exceptional pupils whose language, voice, fluency or articulation impairments, affect communication.
  • Visually Impaired Support:  Services and programs for exceptional pupils with loss of vision, affecting educational performance.
  • Gifted Support:  Services and programs for gifted identified students who need curriculum enrichment and/or advancement.
The Special Education Consult Line
1-800-879-2301


How To Access Special Education Services And Programs

Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors or others identify students who may have special needs. Forms requesting screenings can be obtained at the school anytime. Assessment data will then be collected and reviewed with the parent and building-level instructional support team (IST). Classroom interventions begin. Recommendations will be made for either continued classroom interventions or formal evaluations. Written parental permission is required for a formal evaluation. At any time during the process a parent has the right to request an evaluation through the school district. A multidisciplinary team (MDT) which includes the parents collects and analyzes data from the evaluation. A Comprehensive Evaluation report is developed by a certified school psychologist who determines the nature and degree of the impairment. An individual education program (IEP) team reviews the recommendations from the MDT and determines if the student needs specially-designed instruction. If the student is eligible for services, the team develops an IEP. IEP's are reviewed and updated annually.

 

ANNUAL PUBLIC NOTICE


To Parents Of Children Who Reside In
Waynesboro Area School District


In compliance with state and federal law, the Waynesboro Area School District conducts ongoing identification activities as part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services (eligible students). If your child is identified by the District as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures. Individual services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions:
  1. Autism / Pervasive Development Disorder
  2. Visual Impairment, including Blindness
  3. Hearing Impairment, including Deafness
  4. Emotional Disturbance
  5. Specific Learning Disability
  6. Speech and Language Impairment
  7. Deaf / Blindness
  8. Other Health Impairment
  9. Orthopedic Impairment
    10. Traumatic Brain Injury
  10. Mental Retardation
  11. Multiple Disabilities
  12. Deafness
If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost, upon written request. You may request screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the District’s public school program. Requests for screening and evaluation are to be made in writing to your child’s building principal. The Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 also provides early intervention services for eligible preschool children, ages three to five, with developmental delays. For more information on Early Intervention Services , contact Mrs. Jody Bering, (717) 624-6502.

Confidentiality
In accordance with federal and state law, information obtained regarding a specific child is maintained in a confidential manner. The district ensures the confidentiality of student records in the following ways:
• Limited access to authorized school personnel for the purpose of aiding the student.
• Obtaining parental approval for release of information to all other sources.
Due Process Rights
Due process is a series of steps to guarantee each pupil a free, appropriate public education. At each step in determining a child’s need for specially designed instruction, parents are involved in the decision-making process. An explanation for due process rights is available upon request in our schools.

For additional information regarding special education and services in the Waynesboro Area School District, contact Sherri Sullivan, Director of Special Education, at (717) 762-1191, extension 1126.
Consult Line is a toll-free parent helpline for special education questions and concerns. Advisors will answer questions and provide information about the special education process and the laws governing such programs for parents of children with disabilities and educational agencies that serve them. 1-800-222-3353, or http://odr.pattan.net

Public Notice for Chapter 15
In compliance with state and federal regulation at C.F.R. Part 104, the Waynesboro Area School District will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. The identification, evaluation and education of students who are qualified disabled persons within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 will be provided in accordance to the regulations. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be school age with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in, or access to , any aspect of the school program. These services and protections for “protected handicapped students” ( Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973) cover students who are disabled but do not need special education services.

For additional information regarding chapter 15 service contracts (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973) in the Waynesboro Area School District, contact Sherri Sullivan, Section 504 Coordinator, at (717) 762-1191, extension 1126.
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