East Pennsboro Area School District believes that all students have the capacity to learn when given the right conditions; thus, the school district must vary the class size, staffing, instructional strategies, and placement to accommodate individual differences.
One way EPASD provides the right conditions is through the Special Education Department. Within this department, we offer a wide range of programs and services to meet all student’s unique learning needs.
Special Education Plan 2019-2022
Multidisciplinary Evaluation (MDE)
To identify students who may be eligible for special education services, screening activities are conducted according to state regulations, school policy, upon recommendation of school staff, or upon written request from the parents.
When screening results indicate a student may have a disability, the District will seek parental permission to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE). This evaluation will include an educational psychological evaluation by one of our school psychologists.
A parent can also request an evaluation for their child to determine if they qualify for special education services. More information can be obtained by contacting the Special Education Department at (717) 732-3601 or your child’s guidance counselor.
In Pennsylvania, students qualify for special education services if they have one of the following physical or mental disabilities and need specially designed instruction:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Impairment
- Neurological Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Visual Impairment
- Speech or Language Impairment including blindness
- Learning Support – We provide learning support services in all buildings. Levels of intervention include full-time, supplemental, and itinerant support services. The level of service provided to each student is determined by the student’s individual needs and is outlined in their Individualized Educational Program (IEP).
- Emotional Support – We provide emotional support services in all buildings for students who have emotional needs. Itinerant and supplemental services are provided K – 12.
- Speech and Language Support – Three full-time and one part-time speech clinicians are available to students who have identified speech and/or language impairments.
- Autistic Support – Students with autism receive autistic support services within the regular classroom whenever possible. We have special education teachers who work with both the teachers and students to provide specially designed instruction to produce a learning environment where the student with autism can be successful.
- Deaf or Hearing Impaired Support and Blind or Visually Impaired Support – We contract with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) or our consortium for itinerant services in these areas.
- Multiple Disabilities Support and Life Skills Support – Students who have intense needs and are identified as having multiple disabilities or an intellectual disability may receive services through the Capital Area Intermediate Unit or the consortium. The placement of students at a CAIU program is determined by the IEP team.
Chapter 15 – Services for Protected Handicapped Students
Children who have disabilities that substantially limit their participation in or access to school programs, but who do not need special education, may qualify for reasonable accommodations in the regular classroom under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other Pennsylvania education regulations.
For further information or answers to questions regarding the evaluation process or specific special education programs and services, contact Colleen Livingston, Director of Special Education.
Chapter 16 – Gifted Support
Chapter 16 regulations and standards apply to students who are termed “mentally gifted.” For students to be considered for gifted education, a comprehensive Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (GMDE) must be conducted. Chapter 16 defines Mentally Gifted as “outstanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which requires special services and programs not ordinarily provided in the regular education program.” This term includes a person who has an I.Q. of 130 or higher when multiple criteria is set forth in Department of Education Guidelines indicate gifted ability. Determination of gifted ability cannot be based upon an I.Q. score alone. A person with an I.Q. score lower than 130 may be admitted to the gifted program when other educational criteria of the profile of the person strongly indicate gifted ability.
There are multiple screening measures that the District uses. Benchmark data is analyzed three times a year. All students in grades 2nd, 4th and 6th grade are screened using the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).
Parents may also request an evaluation for their child at any time in writing. For further information on gifted services, contact Colleen Livingston, Director of Special Education.
Extended School Year (ESY) Information
- CAIU- https://www.caiu.org/
- PDE- https://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- ARC of PA- https://thearcpa.org/
- Special Olympics-https://www.sopam.org/
- Cumberland County Services-https://www.ccpa.net/
- Autism Society of America-http://www.autismharrisburg.org/