• Notice to Parents of Children Who Reside in the Pleasant Valley School District - Programs for Eligible Students

     Special Education (Chapter 14)
     
    The Pleasant Valley School District, either directly or through various other education agencies including Colonial Intermediate Unit #20, provides special education services which may be required by children with special needs.

     

    In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Pleasant Valley School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a 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 school district as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures.  Individualized services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions:

     

    1.        Autism

    2.        Deaf-blindness

    3.        Deafness

    4.        Emotional disturbance

    5.        Hearing impairment

    6.        Mental retardation

    7.        Multiple disabilities

    8.        Orthopedic impairment

    9.        Other health impairment

    10.     Specific learning disability

    11.     Speech or language impairment

    12.     Traumatic brain injury

    13.     Visual impairment, including blindness

     

    If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, 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 evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to the building principal or Mrs. Ellen B. McMasters, Elementary Supervisor of Special Education or Mrs. Cheryl L. Caines, Secondary Supervisor of Special Education, or the building principal.

     

    Preschool Children With Special Needs

    (Age 3 to School Age)

     

    Parents whose child has a developmental delay or one or more conditions as listed in the Special Education (Chapter 14) Notice above, and/or who have questions regarding their child's seeing, hearing, learning, talking, moving about, manipulating objects, understanding, showing emotions, getting along with others, playing with toys, taking care of himself/herself, should telephone Colonial Intermediate Unit #20 (CIU #20), which offers early intervention, a preschool program for children with special needs.  CIU #20 can provide information, screening, evaluation, programs, therapy, parent support, and referral to community agencies at no cost to the parent.  For further information, call CIU #20 at 610-252-5550 or Mrs. Ellen B. McMasters, Pleasant Valley School District, at 570-402-1000, Ext. 1310.

     

    Protected Handicapped Students (Chapter 15)

     

    In compliance with state and federal law, the Pleasant Valley 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.  In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be school age with a physical or mental disability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.  These services and protections for "protected handicapped students" are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.

     

    For further information on the rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation and screening, and rights to due process procedures regarding protected handicapped students, you may contact, in writing or by telephone, Mrs. Ellen B. McMasters, Elementary Supervisor of Special Education or Mrs. Cheryl L. Caines, Secondary Supervisor of Special Education at 570-402-1000, ext. 1310, or any building principal.

     

    Gifted Education (Chapter 16)

     

    The Pleasant Valley School District provides gifted education services to school-age students identified as gifted who require these services to reach their potential.  In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Pleasant Valley School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of gifted education services.  If your child is identified by the school district as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures.  If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of gifted education services, you may request screening and evaluation at any time whether or not your child is enrolled in the school district's public school program.  Requests for evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to the building principal, Mrs. Ellen McMasters, Elementary Supervisor of Special Education, and/or Mrs. Cheryl L. Caines, Secondary Supervisor of Special Education.

     

    Confidentiality:  All information gathered about your child is subject of the confidentiality provisions contained in federal and state law.  The school district has policies and procedures in effect governing the collection, maintenance, destruction and disclosure to third parties of this information.  For information about these policies and procedures, as well as rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, you may contact in writing or telephone Mrs. Ellen B. McMasters or Mrs. Cheryl L. Caines at 570-402-1000, ext. 1310, or any building principal.