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Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road / Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / 412.963.9600

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Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services and Programs, Services for Gifted Students, and Services for Protected Handicapped Students

IDEA – Chapter 14: In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Fox Chapel Area School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services. Child Find refers to activities undertaken by public education agencies to identify, locate, and evaluate children residing in the State, including children attending private schools, who are suspected of having disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, and determine the child's need for special education and related services. The purpose is to locate these children so that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) can be made available. Identification Activities are performed to find a child who is suspected as having a disability that would interfere with his or her learning unless special education programs and services are made available. These activities are sometimes called screening activities. The activities include: review of group data, conducting hearing and vision screening, assessment of student's academic functioning, observation of the student displaying difficulty in behavior, and determining the student's response to attempted remediation. Input from parents is also an information source of identification. If your child is identified by the District as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures. Individualized services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions: autism/pervasive development disorder, blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment, deaf blindness, orthopedic impairment, developmental delay, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment. We offer a continuum of services for students with disabilities that begins with full inclusion in the child's home school and class to separate programs within other schools in which peers without disabilities would not participate.

If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, or your child (age 3 to school-age) may be in need of early intervention, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the need of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost, upon written, request. You may request screening and evaluation at anytime, whether or not your child is enrolled in the District's public school program. Requests for school-age evaluations and screenings are to be in writing to: Special Education Department, Fox Chapel Area School District, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15238. Requests for children age 3 to school-age should be made in writing to Project DART, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120.

Potential Signs of Developmental Delays and Other Risk Factors That Could Indicate a Need for Special Education Services
Some indications that your child may be a child with a disability who is in need of special education are:

• Exhibition of an emotional disturbance over a long period of time which affects your child's ability to learn
• Consistent problems in getting along with others
• Difficulty communicating
• Lack of interest or ability in age-appropriate activities
• Resistance to change
• Difficulty seeing or hearing that interferes with the ability to communicate
• Health problems that affect educational performance including attention problems
• Difficulty performing tasks that require reading, writing, or mathematics; and
• When, a child who is at least 3 years of age but before s/he has started school as a beginner, scores on a developmental assessment device, on an assessment instrument which yields a score in months, which score indicates that the child is delayed by 25% of the child's chronological age in one or more developmental areas, or if the child is delayed in one or more of the developmental areas, as documented by tests performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests.

Section 504 – Chapter 15: In compliance with state and federal law, the 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 without discrimination. A protected handicapped student must be school age with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. You may request screening and evaluation of Chapter 15 services 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 Pupil Services Department, Fox Chapel Area School District, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15238.

Gifted Education – Chapter 16: In compliance with state law, services designed to meet the unique needs of gifted students are provided. Students are identified individually based on state law and district policy, and those students who possess superior intelligence scores or meet multiple criteria indicating gifted ability may receive services. If you believe that your school-age child may be eligible for gifted services, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess his/her eligibility is 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 Pupil Services Department, Fox Chapel Area School District, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15238.

Confidentially: All information gathered about your child 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 to third partied of this information. For information about this, as well as the rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, you may contact in writing the department named above.