School Psychologist/ Pupil Personnel Director
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Alex Gray, Ed.D.
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Special Education Secretary
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Office located in Valley High School, 701 Stevenson Blvd.
The district’s Special Education Plan
Special Education Services for School Age Exceptional Students
New Kensington-Arnold School District provides a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to exceptional students. To qualify as an exceptional student, the child must be of school age, in need of specially designed instruction and meet eligibility criteria for one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities, as indicated by Pennsylvania State regulation: autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment including deafness, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment including blindness.
The district engages in identification procedures to ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate educational program consisting of special education and related services, individualized to meet the needs of the respective student. At no cost to the parents, these services are provided in compliance with state and federal regulatory guidelines and are reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefit and individual progress.
Relative to the identification of eligible students, various screening activities are completed. These screening activities include review of group-based data (enrollment records, health records, report cards, cumulative records, ability and achievement test scores) and hearing, vision, physical and speech/language screening which is reviewed by a building level team when a student is referred. When screening information suggests that an individual might be exceptional, the district seeks parental consent to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE). At anytime, the parent may request a multidisciplinary evaluation through written request. Parents of students enrolled in the district can make a request for an evaluation by contacting the building administrator or the district LEA at 724-337-6416.
The services designed to meet the needs of exceptional learners include the annual development of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), biennial or triennial multidisciplinary reevaluation, supportive intervention in the regular class, supplemental intervention in the regular class or in a special education resource program, placement in a part-time or full-time special education class in a regular school, or placement in a full-time special education class at a location other than the regular school. The extent of special education services and the location for the delivery of such services are determined by the IEP team and are based on the student’s identified needs and abilities, chronological age, and the level of intensity of the special intervention. The district also provides related services, such as transportation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, required for the student to benefit from the special education program.
Services for Protected Handicapped Students
Complying with federal and state regulatory guidelines, the New Kensington-Arnold School District will provide protected handicapped students without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are necessary to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the individual’s abilities.
To qualify as a protected handicapped individual, the student must be of school age with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. Services and protections for protected handicapped students are distinct from those applicable to exceptional students enrolled or seeking enrollment in special education programs.
Inquiries relative to procedures and provisions of services to protected handicapped students should be directed to the building administrator or the district LEA at 724-337-6416.
The New Kensington-Arnold School District provides an appropriate public education to students who qualify for gifted programs. The district engages in identification procedures to ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate educational program. Parents of students enrolled in the New Kensington-Arnold School District may obtain additional information about this program by contacting the building administrator or the district LEA at 724-337-6416.
Services for Preschool Students
The Early Intervention Services System Act entitles all preschool children with disabilities to appropriate early intervention services. Young children experiencing developmental delays or physical or mental disabilities and their families are eligible for early intervention services.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing services to preschool children from ages three through five. For more information, contact the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit at 724-836-2460.
The New Kensington-Arnold School District implements components of confidentiality as indicated by federal and state regulatory guidelines, as well as policy numbers 207 and 216. Confidentiality procedures are inclusive of the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of student records.