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Iroquois School District - Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Law

You have the right to request access to Iroquois School District’s public records. Request for public records are to be made to the Open Records Officer. Requests may be submitted in person, by mail, by email, or by facsimile. Requests may be made using the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Uniform Request Form. The form is available from the Open-Records Officer, in the Iroquois District Administration Office or online at https://www.openrecords.pa.gov... or https://www.openrecords.pa.gov...

The Iroquois School District Open-Records Officer may be contacted at:

  • Name: Mr. Shane S. Murray
  • Address: Iroquois District Administration Office, 800 Tyndall Avenue, Erie, PA 16511
  • Phone: (814) 899-7643 ext. 4002
  • Email: smurray@iroquois.iu5.org
  • Fax Number: (814) 898-2099

The Pennsylvania Office of open records may be contacted at:

  • Address: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, 333 Market Street, 16th Floor
  • Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
  • Phone: (717) 346-9903
  • Email: openrecords@state.pa.us

ANNUAL PUBLIC NOTICES

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES & PROGRAMS, SERVICES FOR GIFTED STUDENTS, & SERVICES FOR PROTECTED HANDICAPPED STUDENTS

The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit and its Member School Districts, Charter Schools and Private Rehabilitation Residential Institution (PRRI)

Conneaut SD
Corry Area SD
Crawford Central SD
The SD of the City of Erie
Erie RISE Leadership CS
Fairview SD
Fort LeBoeuf SD
General McLane SD
Girard SD

Harbor Creek SD
Iroquois SD
Millcreek Township SD
North East SD
Northwestern SD
Penncrest SD
Union City Area SD
Warren County SD
Wattsburg Area SD
Erie RISE Leadership CS
Montessori Regional CS
Perseus House CS of Excellence
Robt B. Wiley Community CS
Tidioute Community CS
Harborcreek Youth Services

NOTICE TO PARENTS
According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. School districts, intermediate units and charter schools are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information related to Section 504/Chapter 15 services, the parent may refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, and the Basic Education Circular entitle Implementation of Chapter 15. Also, school districts are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for gifted services via 22 PA Code Chapter 16. For additional information regarding gifted services, the parent may refer to 22 PA Code Chapter 16. If a student is both gifted and eligible for Special Education, the procedure in IDEA and Chapter 14 shall take precedence.

This notice shall inform parents throughout the school district, intermediate unit, and charter schools of the child identification activities and of the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of information pertaining to students with disabilities or eligible young children. In addition to this public notice, each school district, intermediate unit and charter schools shall publish written information in the handbook and on the website. Children ages 3-21 can be eligible for special education programs and services.

If parents believe that the child may be eligible for special education, the parent should contact the school district where the child attends or the Director of Special Education for the NW Tri-County Intermediate Unit identified at the end of this public notice.

Children age three through the age of admission to first grade are also eligible if they have developmental delays and, as a result, need special education and related services. Developmental delay is defined as a child who is less than the age of beginners and at least three years of age and is considered to have a developmental delay when one of the following exists: (i) The child’s score, on a developmental assessment device, on an assessment instrument which yields a score in months, indicates that the child is delayed by 25 percent of the child’s chronological age in one or more developmental areas, or (ii) The child is delayed in one or more of the developmental areas, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests. Developmental areas include cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional and self-help. For additional information you may contact the Early Intervention Department at the Intermediate Unit. (See Evaluation Process below for contact info.)

EVALUATION PROCESS
Each school district, intermediate unit and charter schools have a procedure in place by which parents can request an evaluation. For information about procedures applicable to your child, contact the school, which your child attends. Parents of preschool age children, age three through five, may request an evaluation in writing by addressing a letter to the Early Intervention Supervisor, NW Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5, 252 Waterford St., Edinboro, PA 16412 or call 1-800-677-8461.

CONSENT
School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation or reevaluation, or with the initial provision of special education and related services, without the written consent of the parents. For additional information related to consent, please refer to the Procedural Safeguards Notice which can be found at the PaTTAN website at www.pattan.net. Once written parental consent is obtained, the school district, intermediate unit, charter schools, or PRRIs will proceed with the evaluation process. If the parent disagrees with the evaluation, the parent can request an independent education evaluation at public expense

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professionals and the parents determine whether the child is eligible. If the child is eligible, the individualized education program (IEP) team meets, develops the program, and determines the educational placement. Once the IEP team develops the program and determines the educational placement, school district staff, intermediate unit staff or charter school staff will issue a notice of recommended educational placement/prior written notice. Your written consent is required before initial services can be provided. The parent has the right to revoke consent after initial placement.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION
The school districts, intermediate units, charter schools and PRRIs maintain records concerning all children enrolled in the school, including students with disabilities. All records are maintained in the strictest confidentiality. Your consent, or consent of an eligible child who has reached the age of majority under State law, must be obtained before personally identifiable information is released, except as permitted under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The age of majority in Pennsylvania is 21. Each participating agency must protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction stages. One official at each participating agency must assume responsibility for ensuring the confidentiality of any personally identifiable information. Each participating agency must maintain, for public inspection, a current listing of the names and positions of those employees within the agency who have access to personally identifiable information.

For additional information related to student records, the parent can refer to the FERPA at the following URL: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

This notice is only a summary of the special education services, evaluation and screening activities, and rights and protections pertaining to children with disabilities, children thought to be disabled, and their parents. For more information or to request evaluation or screening of a preschool or school aged child, public or private, contact the school or district where your child attends. Additionally one may contact the name and number or e-mail listed below:

Christine Carucci
Director of Special Education
Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5
252 Waterford Street
Edinboro, PA 16412
1-800-677-5610
christine_carucci@iu5.org

The school district, intermediate unit and charter school will not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, handicap, creed, marital status or because a person is a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. No preschool, elementary or secondary school pupil enrolled in a school district, intermediate unit, or charter school program shall be denied equal opportunity to participate in age and program appropriate instruction or activities due to race, color, handicap, creed, national origin, marital status or financial hardship.


The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit, It's Member School Districts, Charter Schools and Private Rehabilitation Residential Institutions (PRRIs) Hereby Provide

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

    The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. The LEA maintains a list of these school officials.
    Another exception permits the disclosure of LEA educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
    It is the policy of the LEA to not release directory information except as specified in the above statements or without providing parents an opportunity to deny such releases.

    The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the LEA to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

      Family Policy Compliance Office
      U.S. Department of Education
      400 Maryland Avenue, SW
      Washington, DC 20202-8520
      Or call 1-800-872-5327


PRIVACY ACT/ARMED FORCES EXCLUSION

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Iroquois School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a child’s education records. However, the Iroquois School District may disclose appropriately designated directory information without written consent, unless a parent/guardian has advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District policies. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Iroquois School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: a playbill showing your student’s role in a drama production; the annual yearbook; honor roll or other recognition lists; graduation programs; sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing the weight and height of team members.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent/guardian’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.

In addition, two federal laws require local education agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories: names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If a parent/guardian does not want the Iroquois School District to disclose directory information from their child’s education records with prior written consent, the parent/guardian must notify the District in writing within the first 10 days of the school year. The District has designated the following information as directory information:

Student’s name
Grade level
Address
Date of birth
Telephone number

Parent/Guardian’s name