Dr. Gerald Rodichok, Director of Pupil Services
Lisa Bradley, Secretary
Dr. Heather Logue, Supervisor of Special Education
Maura Cullen, Secretary
Sherri Molinaro, Secretary
610.359.4200 ext. 7717
Jacqueline Litz, LSW, Home and School Visitor
Teri Werner, Student Registration/Child Accountant
The public school districts and charter schools of Delaware County Pennsylvania and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit provide special education and related service to resident children with disabilities who are ages three through twenty-one. A complete notice of special education services is available for viewing at the District Special Education Office, Room 210 Gauntlett Center, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, 19073, and in each District school's main office.
Special Education: An education program individually designed for an exceptional student. A special education professional is directly involved as either a consultant, a service provider or a classroom teacher.
Determining Eligibility: A student may be exceptional if both qualifications are met:
1. The student must have an identified physical, sensory, mental or emotional disability or be mentally gifted.
2. The student demonstrates a need for special education services as determined by an IEP Team that typically is composed of a regular education teacher, a special education teacher, a district representative and the student's parents.
Program: Programming for students with disabilities is differentiated through the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process. In many instances, more frequent and sometimes more intensive strategies, adaptations and accommodations are provided than would normally be present in regular education programs. The degree of service for exceptional students is contingent upon individual needs. In order to provide an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment, the district provides a continuum of placement options with the necessary resources to implement each student's IEP.
Gifted support services include appropriate opportunities for individual acceleration and relevant enrichment.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): The federal law that mandates special education services and the rights of students with special education needs and their parents.
Multidisciplinary Evaluation (MDE): The evaluation process to gather information which is used to determine if a student has a disability or is mentally gifted according to state and federal definitions and is in need of special education.
Comprehensive Evaluation Report (CER): The report that is compiled and written by the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (including parents) following a Multidisciplinary Evaluation.
Individualized Education Program (IEP): The plan written by the IEP Team (including parents) that specifically describes the programs and related services necessary for a Free and Appropriate Public Education for the exceptional student.
Free and Appropriate Public Education(FAPE): A program of education and related services for an eligible student that is designed to meet the student's special education needs and allows the student to make meaningful progress in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): Part of the federal and state law that deals with determining an exceptional student's placement. To the maximum extent appropriate, disabled students are to be educated with students who are not disabled. The removal of a student from the regular education environment occurs only when the disability is such that the student cannot satisfactorily be educated in the regular class setting or the student exhibits behaviors that impede his/her learning or that of others.
From: The Offices of Pupil Services & Special Education
If you believe that your son/daughter is having difficulties with learning, socialization or controlling his/her behavior in school and these difficulties are having a negative impact on your child’s academic performance you are advised to contact the Offices of Pupil Services and Special Education to speak to an administrator regarding your concerns. You may also contact the Principal or any professional at your child’s school.
If you have a student transferring into the school district who, has been previously identified as a student needing special education provisions, please contact the Offices of Pupil Services and Special Education to update your child’s educational program.
The Marple Newtown School District maintains a continuum of educational services for students who are struggling in school. An administrator would be happy to assist you in understanding your child’s difficulties and in developing an appropriate educational remediation plan to address specific problematic issues and to “walk you through” the process of obtaining appropriate services for your child.
For further details on Pennsylvania Special Education Law, the obligations of school districts in the Commonwealth to service students with special education needs, and the rights of students with special education needs you may wish to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education or visit their website at www.pde.state.pa.us/ and in the Search entry enter Chapter 14. Chapter 14 of the Pennsylvania Education Code is the law governing special education in the state.
PA Code Chapter 15 Protected Handicapped Students
PA Code Chapter 16 Special Education for Gifted Students
You may also simply contact the district’s Offices of Pupil Services and Special Education to speak with an administrator or to request an evaluation. You may reach the Offices of Pupil Services and Special Education at 610-359-5907 or 610-359-4217.
Learning Support Services for students whose primary need is for help in academic areas. Services are delivered in a curriculum-orientated format in grades K-12. Students receive support in areas appropriate to their needs.
Emotional Support Services serve students whose social, emotional and behavioral needs interfere with learning. Students are assisted with problem solving, interpersonal relationships, inappropriate behaviors and related academic difficulties.
Alternative Education Program serves high school students who are at risk emotionally, academically or demonstrate a reluctance to attend school.
Low Incidence and Significant Disabilities may be served in a variety of settings ranging from regular education through referral to state approved out-of-district programs. Out-of-district programs are designed to meet the student's degree of need whether educational, emotional or physical, that require a more intensive and restrictive program.
Speech and Language Support Services serve students who have impairments in speech and/or language that interfere with learning or communication.
Gifted Support Services serve students who demonstrate outstanding intellectual and creative ability. Services encourage and challenge higher level thinking skills, creativity and enriched learning experiences with the student's grade level general curriculum. (Gifted Support Program Position Statement)
Services provided to an exceptional student in addition to classroom instruction that support the student. Appropriate related services are determined by the IEP Team, and may include:
1. Physical Therapy
2. Occupational Therapy
3. Hearing Services
4. Vision Services
5. Therapeutic Interventions (Social-Emotional)
6. Speech and Language Therapy
7. School Health Services
8. Counseling Services
9. Special Transportation
10. Behavior Management
11. Adaptive Physical Education
12. Assistive Technology
13. Psychological Services
About Homeless Act-McKinney Vento Act
The McKinney–Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act guarantees a free and appropriate public education for all homeless children and youth. B.E.C. 42 U.S.C. 11431 outlines procedures for deciding school placement, enrolling students, and determining responsibility. Federal and state laws make our responsibility clear. With the huge number of homeless children currently attending Philadelphia public schools, we must provide proper educational support and services.
McKinney-Vento Act Basics At-a-Glance:
What is the definition of a “homeless youth” under McKinney-Vento?
“Homeless” is defined as “anyone lacking a fixed, adequate, regular nighttime residence.”
What situations fit this definition?
- Staying in the home of other people due to unavailable housing, financial hardship, or similar circumstances
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks (in some instances – examples: leaking roof, no heat, etc.), public places, or campgrounds due to unavailable suitable housing options
- Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing
- Unaccompanied (not living in direct care of legal parent or guardian) or runaway youth
- Refugee and migrant youth
How does McKinney-Vento help these students?
The law makes sure that these students receive a free and suitable public education by removing barriers to school enrollment and full, basic, daily participation in school activities. This includes:
- Immediate enrollment
- Free and Reduced School Lunch
- Help from school with any necessary enrollment documents
- Help from school setting up transportation service (if the student qualifies)
- Help from school with basic school supplies
- Help from school with any basic clothing needs
- Help from school with basic high school graduation needs and expenses
Where can I find more information for Pennsylvania?
You can visit the PA Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness site.