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Nonpublic Special Education Services

The revision to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 and the subsequent 2006 IDEA regulations significantly changed the obligation of States and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private elementary and secondary schools. Section 612 (a) (10) (A) of the Act and Sections 300.130–300.144 now require LEAs (Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania) in which the private schools are located, rather than the LEAs in which the parents of such children reside, to conduct child find and provide equitable services to parentally-placed private school children with disabilities.

The Act provides, that, in calculating the proportionate amount of Federal funds under Part B of the Act that must be spent on parentally-placed private school children with disabilities, the LEAs (IUs) where the private schools are located, must conduct a thorough and complete child find process to determine the number of parentally-placed children with disabilities attending private elementary schools and secondary schools located in the LEAs (IUs). In addition, after timely and meaningful consultation with representatives of private elementary schools and secondary schools and representatives of parents of parentally-placed children with disabilities attending private elementary schools and secondary schools located in the LEAs (IUs). In addition, after timely and meaningful consultation with representatives of private elementary schools and secondary schools and representatives of parents of parentally-placed private school children with disabilities, there is an obligation of the LEA (IU) to spend a proportionate amount of funds to provide services to children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private school. The amount of funds available for Equitable Participation is now based on the total number of children with disabilities who are enrolled in the private schools located in the LEA (IU) whether or not the children and their parents reside in the LEA (IU).

For more information, contact:

Donna Vaverka
Consultant for Nonpublic Schools
IU1 Educational Campus at Colonial
6353 National Pike
Grindstone, PA 15442
Phone: 724-938-3241 ext. 537
Fax: 724-785-7646
donna.vaverka@iu1.org

Does your child have special needs? 
 
If you believe that your child may be in need of special education services, an evaluation process to access your child's needs is available to you at no cost through the school district in which you live or the Intermediate Unit 1 (IUl).
Special education services often involve adapting materials and modifying instruction to better meet your child's specific learning/behavior needs. If you request an evaluation, a team of experts trained in assessing children will determine if your child has a disability and, if so, is in need of special education and related services.
You are an important member of your child's evaluation team. Before the school district or lUI proceeds with an evaluation, you will be notified in writing (Prior Written Notice, Permission to Evaluate- Consent Form) of the specific types of tests and procedures to be used, and of your rights throughout this process (Procedural Safeguard Notice).
The evaluation cannot be scheduled until you sign the written notice, indicating that you consent to the proposed testing and assessments, and return the notice to the school district or IUl. Only a parent, guardian, or surrogate can grant permission to evaluate a student.
If the school district conducts the evaluation and your child is found to have a disability and in need of special education and related services, the public school will write an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a written document that specifically describes the special education services your child needs. The services in the IEP will be offered to your child in a public school placement.
This offer is referred to as Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). If you wish to accept the offer, you will have to enroll your child in the public school.
It is also possible to dually enroll your child so that your child attends the nonpublic school for part of the day and the public school for part of the day. The final decision regarding whether dual enrollment will occur is your choice.
If IUl conducts the evaluation and your child is found to have a disability and in need of special education and related services, IUl cannot develop an IEP or offer FAPE.
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that there is no entitlement to the provision of FAPE when parents unilaterally place their child in a nonpublic school. If the parents have given permission to share information with the resident school district, they can pursue an IEP/FAPE with their district if they so desire.
Consultative services can be provided at the nonpublic school to the staff working with your child.
If you are interested in finding out more about the special education process, please speak with your child's principal at your nonpublic school.
For additional information, feel free to contact the school district in which you live or Donna Vaverka, Nonpublic Consultant for Intermediate Unit 1.
REQUESTING AN EVALUATION
To seek an evaluation for your child, make an oral or written
request by contacting either the Special Education Liaison in
your district of residence or the IU 1 Consultant for Non public
Schools. Be sure to include all areas of concern as part of the
evaluation request (academic achievement, speech and
language, emotional or behavioral, attention, motor skills, etc.).
In response to an oral request, the district or IUl will send you
a Permission To Evaluate- Evaluation Request Form within
10 calendar days to document the discussed areas of need. It
will also include school district or IU1 contact information and
a Procedural Safeguard Notice explaining your rights. Once
you have confirmed the accuracy of the information, sign and
return this form to the designated person listed on the form.
In response to a written request or after the completion of a
Permission to Evaluate - Evaluation Request Form, you will
receive a Prior Written Notice, a Permission to Evaluate -
Consent Form, and a Procedural Safeguard Notice
explaining your rights. These forms will describe the process
and timeline that will be used for the evaluation, and ask for
your consent for the evaluation to begin. After determining
that the information is correct, return the signed consent form as
soon as possible to begin the 60 calendar day evaluation
process.
SPECIAL EDUCATION LIAISON PERSONNEL (LEA's) 2018-2019
       
ALBERT GALLATIN CANON-MCMILLAN FRAZIER TRINITY
Sheri Dunham & Joetta Britvich  Rebecca Lieb Billi Jo Huffman Kenneth Cross
Albert Gallatin Area School District Canonsburg Middle School Frazier School District Trinity High School
2625 Morgantown Road 25 East College Street 142 Constitution St. Special Education Office
Uniontown, PA  15401 Canonsburg, PA   15317 Perryopolis, PA 15473 231 Park Avenue
564-7190  x 8111   564-7190 x 8114   Fax 564-7512 873-5231 x 4    Fax 746-9604 736-9507 x 109     Fax 736-0688 Washington, PA   15301
Sheri.dunham@agasd.org  liebb@cmsd.k12.pa.us bhuffman@fraziersd.org 223-2000 x 6518 Fax 228-6241
Joetta.britvich@agasd.org     kcross@trinityhillers.net
       
AVELLA  CARMICHAELS JEFFERSON-MORGAN UNIONTOWN
Matt Erickson Jeanine Hudock Cassandra Bozek Kelly Swartz
Avella Area Elementary School Carmichaels Area Middle Sr. High School 1351 Jefferson Road. Uniontown High School
1000 Avella Road 215 N. Vine St.  P.O. Box 158 205 Wilson Street
Avella, PA   15312 Carmichaels, PA 15320 Jefferson, PA   15344 Uniontown, PA   15401
724-356-2218 ext. 5501 966-5045  x 2205  Fax 966-5839 883-2310 x 1227   Fax 883-3786 438-4501  x 1605  Fax 437-2868
 ericksonm@avellasd.org jhudock@carmarea.org cbozek@jmsd.org kelly.swartz@uasdraiders.org
       
BENTWORTH CENTRAL GREENE LAUREL HIGHLANDS WASHINGTON
Scott Martin Tammy Mandich Lori DiCenzo Carla Herrnberger
Bentworth School District Administration Office Administration Office Washington Park School
150  Bearcat Drive P.O. Box 472 304 Bailey Avenue 801 East Wheeling Street
Bentleyville, PA  l5314 Waynesburg, PA   15370 Uniontown, PA   15401 Washington, PA   15301
239-2861  x 3268      Fax 239-2865 627-8151  x 2 *1232     Fax 627-9591 437-2821  x 1007    Fax 437-2887 223-5055 or 724-249-4482 Fax 223-5123
smartin@bentworth.k12.pa.us tmandich@cgsd.org lori.dicenzo@lhsd.org herrnberger@prexie.us
       
BETHLEHEM-CENTER CHARLEROI MCGUFFEY WEST GREENE
Eric Johnson Elaina Zitney Charissa Rychcik Laura Walters
Bethlehem Center School District Charleroi Area School District Claysville Elementary West Greene School District
179 Crawford Road 125 Fecsen Drive P.O. Box 421, 119 Main  St. 1352 Hargus Creek Road
Fredericktown, PA   15333 Charleroi, PA   15022 Claysville, PA    15323 Waynesburg, PA   15370
267-4940     Fax 267-4906 483-3509  x 1217    Fax 483-3776 663-5364     Fax 663-3696  499-5191 x 2218    Fax 499-5524
Johnsone@bcasd.net ezitney@charleroisd.org rychcikc@mcguffey.k12.pa.us waltersl@wgsd.org
       
BROWNSVILLE CHARTIERS-HOUSTON PETERS TOWNSHIP  
Dr. Beth Hutson John George Patricia Kelly  
Brownsville High School Administration Office District Admninistrative Offices  
5 Falcon Dr. 2020 West Pike Street 631 East McMurray Road  
Brownsville, PA  15417 Houston, PA   15342 McMurray, PA   15317  
785-2021 x 3130   Fax  785-4333 746-1400  x 107    Fax 746-3971 941-6251 x 7271  Fax 941-6565    
bhutson@basd.org john.george@chartiers-houstonsd.com KellyP@pt-sd.org  
      7/30/2018
BURGETTSTOWN AREA CONNELLSVILLE RINGGOLD  
Michele Burton Charles Michael Michelle Engle  
Burgettstown Middle High School West Crawford Elementary Ringgold Administration Office  
104 Bavington Road 215 Falls Ave. 400 Main Street  
Burgettstown, PA    15021 Connellsville, PA   15425 New Eagle, PA  15067  
947-8104    Fax 947-3325 628-4497  Fax 628-2666     258-7141  Fax 258-2222  
MBurton@burgettstown.k12.pa.us cmichael@casdfalcons.org mengle@ringgold.org  
       
CALIFORNIA FORT CHERRY SOUTHEASTERN GREENE  
Rachel Nagy Dawn Smith Dr. Kimberly Tencer  
California Area Elementary  Fort Cherry High School Mapletown Jr/Sr High School  
40 Trojan Way 110 Fort Cherry Road 1000 Mapletown Road  
Coal Center, PA  15423 McDonald, PA 15057 Greensboro, PA   15338  
785-5800  x 2399    Fax  785-5458 796-1551  x 2328   Fax 356-2770 943-3401 x 2241   Fax 943-4376  
nagyr@calsd.org dsmith@fortcherry.org tencer.kimberly@segsd.org  
Additional Information Contacts:
 
Donna Vaverka
Equitable Participation Consultant
Intermediate Unit 1
6353 National Pike
Grindstone, PA 15442
donna.vaverka@ iu1.org
Phone (724) 938-3241 ext. 537
Fax (724) 785-7646
 
Sue Conrady
Director of Adult, Nonpublic, and ESL Education Service
Intermediate Unit 1
One Intermediate Unit Drive
Coal Center, PA 15423
sue.conrady@ iul.org
(724) 938-3241 ext. 242
 
Leigh Dennick
Director of Special Education
Intermediate Unit 1
One Intermediate Unit Drive
Coal Center, P A 15423
leigh.dennick@iul.org
(724) 938-3241 ext. 273
 
Barbara Rothermel
Early Intervention Program Supervisor
McMurray Child Alert
905 East McMurray Rd.
Venetia, PA 15367
barbara.rothermel@iul.org
(724) 747-8476
 
Margaret Sanner
Early Intervention Program Supervisor
Center in the Woods
130 Woodland Ct.
Brownsville, PA 15417
margaret.sanner@iul.org
724-938-3554
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