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Warwick School District

Lititz, PA

 


 

Chapter 14

A Guide to Special Education Programs and Services


Warwick School District conducts ongoing activities to identify students who may be in need of special education services.  If a child is identified by the district as possibly in need of such services, parents will be notified of applicable procedures.  A child with a disability is a student who has been evaluated by the school district's multidisciplinary team and has been determined to have one or more of the following disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.


  • Autism

  • Deaf

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Hearing Impairment including Deafness

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech and Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment including Blindness



How to Access Special Education Programs and Services

Every effort will be made to adapt the general education program to your child’s needs before he/she is evaluated for special education services. Classroom adjustments may include curricular adaptations, modifications in assignments, and/or changes in instructional or behavioral management approaches.


Parents who believe that their school-age child may be in need of special education services may request screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not their child is enrolled in the District's public school program.  Requests for screening and evaluation are to be made to the building principal, school counselor, or learning facilitator in writing.




Special Education Process

 

  • Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors or others identify students who may be eligible for special education services.

  • Written parental permission is required for a formal evaluation to be conducted.

  • Forms for parents requesting evaluation can be obtained at the school anytime.

  • An evaluation team collects and analyzes data to determine if the child has a disability and is in need of specially designed instruction. This information is compiled in an evaluation report.

  • If the student is eligible for special education services, the team develops an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

  • IEP’s are reviewed by the educational team and updated annually.

  • Reevaluations are conducted every two years for students with intellectual disabilities and every three years for all other disability areas.


The Warwick School District will provide to each student with a disability, 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.  


Confidentiality

All information gathered about a student is subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in federal and state law.  The District has policies and procedures in effect governing the collection, maintenance, destruction, and disclosure of this information to third parties.  For information about these policies and procedures, as well as rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, parents should contact the building principal in writing.


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 student 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.  In each Warwick School District building, an explanation of your due process rights are available upon request.  


Parents may contact the building principal to request further information on the rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time and location), and due process procedures. 


For further information on evaluations or programming, please contact your child's building principal.