PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Iroquois School District hereby notifies parents and guardians of special education services available to eligible students ages 3–21. All services are at no cost to the parents and are in place to meet the eligible child’s unique needs.
The Iroquois School District has a screening and evaluation process to identify students who may require special education services. If parents or guardians think their child might need special education services,they can refer their child by contacting the principal of the school in which the child attends or the school district’s Pupil Services Office.For preschool children, ages 3 to 5, parents and guardians should contact the Early Intervention Project at the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5 at 734-5610 or toll free at 800-677-5610. Screenings and evaluation occur throughout the year.
If your child is eligible for special education services, there is help through the Iroquois School District with a variety of services available. Some services are in the District while others are in districts within our region, depending on the individual needs of the student. The types of support include:
Autistic Support – for students diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum
Early Intervention – for children 3 to 5 years of age with developmental delays or disabilities; supports are provided in conjunction with the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5
Learning Support– for students with learning problems in academic areas associated with learning disabilities or mild intellectual disabilities
Emotional Support – for students with emotional or behavioral mental health problems
Speech/Language Support – for students with speech and language communication problems affecting their learning
Life Skills Support – for students who require instruction in daily living skills and readiness for basic skills associated with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities
Sensory Support – for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have visual impairments
Physical Support– for students with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or other physical disabilities
Multiple Disabilities Support – for students who have a combination of two or more disabilities such as intellectual disability and physical disability
Parents are also advised that in Pennsylvania special education for students who are mentally gifted is also available. Parental rights of access to these programs are governed by regulations found in Chapter 16 of the School Code. If parents feel their child is gifted, they should contact the principal of the school in which their child attends to initiate the evaluation process.
Parents are also advised that in Pennsylvania, children with disabilities who do not require special education are protected by the regulations of Chapter 15 of the School Code. Parents who feel their child may be a “protected handicapped student” should contact the principal of the school in which their child attends for information.
Notice is also given to parents/guardians regarding confidentiality requirements for students who are referred for special education services. These requirements are found in both federal and state regulations. Records generated by the identification, evaluation and programming process are confidential and cannot be released outside the school district or intermediate unit without written parent consent. District Policy 113.4: Confidentiality of Special Education Student Information describes the District’s system of safeguards to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information in the education records of students with disabilities.
For more information or for learning more about your child’s rights for a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), please call or write:
Director of Special Education
Iroquois School District
800 Tyndall Avenue
Erie, PA 16511
(814) 899-7643 ext 4010
Northwest Tri-County IU #5
252 Waterford Street
Edinboro, PA 16412