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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Special Programs Office during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Q:  Who do I contact if I have a question?
A:  This really depends on the question you may have.  If it is a special programs related question, you may contact the Director of Special Programs, Chris Clark at or 724-478-6034.  You may also contact the teacher case manager of the IEP, GIEP, or 504 plan.  If your question relates to something specific in the classroom, you should contact the classroom teacher.  Finally, if you have general building questions, you should contact the building principal.  If you have questions, you should contact someone and we can direct you to the right people if the person you ask does not have the answer.
Q:  How do we conduct IEP/GIEP/504 meetings?
A:  We are limiting visitors into our buildings at this time.  Meetings will be conducted through phone conferences or through Zoom conferencing if families choose and have the ability to do so.  
Q:  How are services being provided?
A:  Services provided is an IEP Team decision.  We are working at creative was to best meet our students' needs.  Related service providers are speaking to families to learn what best works in that situation.  Not all situations will be the same. 
Q:  Will all services return when school is back in session?
A:  Yes.  All services written into the IEP/GIEP/504 will continue fully once school reopens.
Q:  When will evaluations be done?
A:  We are working very diligently on getting all of our evaluations completed.  We got behind when we were not permitted to do any face to face evaluations but that has been lifted with the 2020-2021 school year.  
Q:  I wish to have my child evaluated for special education services or gifted services.  How can this happen?
A:  We will take your request and send a permission to evaluate.  You will then be contacted by the school psychologist to schedule an evaluation.
Q:  My child is having difficulty following along with the packets and/or Teams.  
A:  Contact the teachers and discuss with them your concerns.  Also, contact the case manager so he/she can help you navigate classroom work.
Q:  Will the Extended School Year (ESY) Program still be offered this summer?
A:  Yes.  The district works with ARIN IU-28 and they will be offering ESY virtually this summer.  If you do not have internet access, they will work with you to create packets for students to work.
Q:  Do homeschool students have to submit evaluations during the COVID-19 closure?
A:  No.  PDE has waived this requirement for the 2019-2020 school year.
Q:  Will I need to submit a new affidavit for homeschooling for the 2020-2021 school year?
A:  Yes.  All affidavits must be submitted by August 1, 2020.