Notice to Parents of Children Who Reside in the Weatherly Area School District

5 months ago

In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Weatherly Area School District that it 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 procedures, individualized services, and programs for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Visual Impairment including Blindness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, or young child (age 3 to school-age) may be in need of early intervention, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs for 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 evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to the Special Education Facilitator.

In compliance with state and federal law, the Weatherly 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.  In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be school age with physical or mental disability which 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.

Welcome

11 days ago

Welcome to the Weatherly Area School District's Special Education Page


The Weatherly Area School District believes that all students have the potential to learn. We never forget that our future is in the hands of our students. We believe that a strong commitment from family, school and community are essential tools needed for the success of our students. All students at Weatherly Area School District are provided equal opportunities regardless of their exceptionality.

The Weatherly Area School District and in cooperation with the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit provides a full range of special education programs and related services. Most education services are provided within the district.

A gifted program is provided at all levels for students who qualify. All of our programs are instructed by highly qualified teachers. Guidance and psychological services are available for grades K-12.

What should I do if I suspect my child has a learning disability or is educationally gifted?  Any concerns that you may have regarding your child's educational performance should first be addressed by contacting the relevant teacher or by contacting the Special Education Facilitator.  Your child may be referred to the Child Study Team (CST), which consists of you as a parent, your child's teacher(s), school counselor, principal, and other appropriate school personnel (school psychologist, nurse, etc.).  The CST then meets to discuss any school-related concerns that exist, as well as possible courses of action that are likely to help.  The CST may, as part of this process, recommend that your child be evaluated for special education eligibility.

Gregory M. Mentzer
Special Education Supervisor

Weatherly Area School District


Public Notice for Chapter 15

5 months ago

In compliance with state and federal regulation at C.F.R. Part 104, the Weatherly 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 Weatherly Area School District, contact the Special Education Facilitator.

Procedural Safeguards

Information about parents’ rights, mediation, due process, special education programs, and educational records is available upon request by contacting the Special Education Department at 570-427-8687, ext. 3020.

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