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Washington School District, as required by law, issues notification to parents concerning special education programs, privacy rights of parents and students, screening and evaluation, Chapter 15 and other protected children with disabilities.  It is the policy of the Washington School District not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, handicap or age in its educational and vocational programs, activities or employment as required by Title IX, Section 504 and Title VI.  For audio tapes and information regarding civil rights or grievance procedure, contact:

Michelle Engle, Special Education Supervisor
801 East Wheeling Street
Washington, PA  15301
(724) 223-5055

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Public Notice on Screening & Evaluation

Washington School District uses the procedures required by law in locating, identifying and evaluating specific needs of school-age students requiring special programs or services.  The procedures are as follows:

The district, as prescribed by Section 1402 of the School Code, conducts screening of a child’s hearing acuity in kindergarten first, second, third, seventh and eleventh grades.  Visual acuity is evaluated yearly in kindergarten through grade 12 and speech and language evaluation is done in the mid-year of kindergarten.  Gross motor and fine motor skills, academic skills and social/emotional skills are assessed by classroom teachers on an ongoing basis.  Specified needs from all of these screening sources are noted within the child’s official file.  These school records are always open and available to parents, but are only open to those school officials with a “legitimate need to know.”  Information from the records is released to other persons only with the signed permission of parents or guardians.  Any parent concerned with the development of his/her child may contact the building principals at any time to request a screening or evaluation.  Communication with parents and exceptional students will be in English or the native language of the parents.

Kindergarten screening will occur at the Washington Park Elementary School.  Parents will be notified as to dates and times.

Screening information will be used by the Instructional Support Team (IST) within the student’s school to meet his/her specific needs or to document the need for further evaluation.

If it is determined that a child needs additional services, the IST will make adjustments relative to such things as the child’s learning style, behavior, physical disabilities and speech problems to be more in keeping with traditional classroom expectancies.  Parents will be notified if a child is receiving instructional support and encouraged to participate in all team meetings.  If a student does not make progress with IST involvement, parents will be asked to give written permission for necessary individual professional evaluations.

After all the evaluations are completed, an Evaluation Report will be compiled with parent involvement and will include recommendations for the types of intervention necessary to deal with the child’s specific needs.  Parents are then invited to participate in a meeting where the results of the Multidisciplinary Evaluation will be discussed.  An Individual Education Program (IEP) will be developed when necessary for specialized student services.  Parents will then be presented with a Notice of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP) with which they may agree or disagree.  If parents disagree with the program being recommended, the issue may be taken to mediation, a pre-hearing or a due process hearing.

Information about early intervention, parent’s rights, mediation or due process procedures, specific special education services and programs offered by the district and the district’s educational records policy are available upon request from the child’s principal.  A parent may request that the district initiate a screening of evaluation of his/her child’s specified needs at any time by contacting the building principal.  Further information about these procedures may be obtained by contacting:

Office for Special Education K-12
Washington School District
801 East Wheeling Street
Washington, PA  15301
(724) 223-5055

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act was signed into law in December 2004 and took effect July 2005.  Washington School District has trained staff and complied with the many changes within the reauthorization.  Implementation of new forms and formats and procedures required continue to be adopted upon federal and state release.