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 education 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.
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, a finalized 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, and special designed instruction that are developed specifically for the individual student. The IEP is used by general and special education teachers to provide an educational plan 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.