The East Penn School district engages in numerous public awareness activities to alert residents about procedures for accessing special education programs. Public awareness activities are included in the district activities calendar, district newsletters, the newspaper (2 times per year), TV, and radio announcements. The district also sends a letter to families in non-public schools, making them aware of their ability to access evaluations for special education.
In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the East Penn School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services. If your child is identified by the district as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures. Individualized services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions:
Autism; Deaf-blindness; Deafness; Emotional disturbance; Hearing impairment; Intellectual Disability; Multiple disabilities; Orthopedic impairment; Other health impairment; Specific learning disability; Speech or language impairment; Traumatic brain injury; Visual impairment.
If you believe that your school age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost, upon written request. Early intervention services are available through the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 for young children (age 3 to school age.) You may request screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the district’s public school program. Requests for evaluation and screening should be made in writing to the Director of Special Education, 800 Pine Street, Emmaus, PA 18049.
All information gathered about your child is subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in federal and state law. The district has policies and procedures in effect governing the collection, maintenance, destruction and disclosure to third parties of this information. For information about those policies and procedures, about rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, as well as for further information on rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation and screening, you may contact in writing the Director of Student Services, 800 Pine Street, Emmaus, PA 18049, or any building principal.