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Special Education

Special Education refers to “specially designed instruction (SDI)” to meet the needs of an exceptional student whose school performance is adversely affected. The term “exceptional” includes children with a physical, emotional or mental disability.

Special Education supports and services in the Pleasant Valley School District include a full continuum of services and are in compliance with both federal -Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state Chapter 14, Chapter15 or Chapter 16 of Pennsylvania School Code laws.

Pleasant Valley School District collaborates and utilizes resources outside the district including the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, local approved private schools and other state licensed educational programs. Related services are available to assist a student with a disability including transportation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility and psychological services.

A student who is identified as exceptional, who is in need of specially designed instruction (SDI) within the Pleasant Valley School District, is supported by a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) team. All IEP’s or GIEP’s are reviewed and or revised at least once a year.

All students with an IEP are re-evaluated every three years per state mandates. Those students with a disability of Intellectually Disabled, are re-evaluated every two years.

Special Education Timelines