Special Services Director
717 464-3311 ext. 1015
Special Education Programming
All students at Lampeter-Strasburg are regarded as individuals with worth and are treated with respect for their unique talents and abilities. Students with special needs are educated in the regular classrooms to the extent that they receive an appropriate education. When specialized instruction is needed, the students receive services as determined by a team of people including parents and school professionals. All educational decisions are made in partnership with parents.
Learning Support is available in grades Kindergarten through twelve. Special education teachers provide instruction that is designed to meet the needs of individual students, and those needs drive Least Restrictive Environment decisions. The instruction may be remedial, use specialized curriculum and teaching techniques, incorporate community based instruction, focus on career development, or support the regular classrooms. Close communication between special education teachers, general education teachers, and parents facilitates success in the general education classes. The goal of Learning Support is to enable students to make progress in the general education curriculum and prepare them for life after graduation.
Life Skills Support
Life Skills Support is available within the district in grades three through twelve. The district currently contracts with IU 13 for children in need of life skills support in kindergarten through grade two. The district Life Skills Support program consists of special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and at the high school level a job trainer, supporting students through academic and daily living skills instruction, community-based instruction, and job training. The curricular focus is currently undergoing revision, aligning to the state’s new alternate eligible content – based upon the new PA Core standards. Focusing on life after graduation and helping students achieve post-secondary outcomes, this program addresses academic, social, and career development.
Emotional Support is available within the District in grades three through twelve. The district currently contracts with IU 13 for children in need of emotional support in kindergarten through grade two. The district emotional support program consists of special education teachers, paraprofessionals, psychologists, and social worker, supporting the academic and social/emotional development of students. The program has a strong focus on the mental health of the students and provides daily groups run by the teachers, counseling provided by the school psychologists, and adventure-based learning / service learning provided by the social worker.
Speech and Language Support
Students who have a Speech or Language Impairment that interferes with their success in school may receive services from the Speech and Language Therapist. The services are provided as outlined in each student's Individualized Education Program and range from consultation with the general education teachers to direct instruction through speech and language therapy. Direct speech and language therapy may be offered in a special classroom or in the general education classroom to individual students and in small groups.
There are currently three professional teaching staff who support students on the autism spectrum, grades kindergarten through twelve. The itinerant services provided include staff consultation as well as direct student services. Itinerant autistic support focuses instruction on social cognition, emotional regulation, problem solving, executive functioning and perspective taking.
General Education Accommodations
General education teachers provide accommodations in their classrooms. These modifications and/or adaptations are noted in Individualized Education Programs and are used to help students access the general education curriculum. Two PaTTAN publications, Inclusive Practices and Supplementary Aids and Services, highlight examples and general considerations for determining appropriate adaptations and/or modifications.
Other ServicesWhen a student requires educational services that are not available through the staff at Lampeter- Strasburg, the school district contracts with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 or other professionals to provide the needed services. Some examples of these services include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Vision Support
- Orientation & Mobility Services
- Hearing Support
- Diagnostic Kindergarten
- Full-time Autistic Support
- Multiple Disabilities Support
- Physical Support
- Intensive transition planning programs
- Early Intervention Services
What is a Multidisciplinary Evaluation?
A multidisciplinary evaluation is a team process of gathering and reviewing information that will help answer the following questions: 1. Does the student have an exceptionality as defined in state regulations and standards? 2. Does the student need special education to make meaningful progress in school? The team is comprised of parents, a school psychologist, the child's teacher(s), and other people as needed. Following the meeting an evaluation report (ER) is provided to the parents and as applicable, forwarded to the IEP team who makes recommendations for the student's educational program.
What is an Individualized Education Program?
Federal and state law require that an Individualized Education Program (IEP) be developed for all students who need special education services. This plan is developed by a team including school personnel and parents. Reflecting the student's individual strengths and needs, each plan includes goals and possibly objectives that are developed specifically for the individual student. The IEP is used by general and special education teachers to provide an education that is meaningful for the individual student. IEPs must be reviewed and revised on a yearly basis or upon request by any team member.
What should I do if I suspect my child needs special education?
Contact your school guidance counselor to further discus your concerns. If you would like to request the school district conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation, please download and complete the Parent Request form.
The Family Educational rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) specifies rights related to educational records. This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to: 1) Inspect and review his/her child's educational records; 2) make copies of these records; 3) receive a list of all individuals having access to those records; 4) ask for an explanation of any item in the records; 5) ask for an amendment to any report on the ground that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child's rights; and 6) request a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.
Equal Rights and Opportunities Policy
Lampeter-Strasburg School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, marital status, or handicaps and disabilities in its programs, services, activities or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures and information regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped persons, contact the Assistant Superintendent, Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 Compliance Officer for the School District, at 1600 Book Road, PO Box 428, Lampeter, PA 17537.
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