500 Academy Street, Building C
Hawley, PA 18428
(570)226-4557 ext. 3081
Fax: (570) 251-3146
PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS LETTER
The enclosed Procedural Safeguards Notice describes your rights and the procedures that safeguard your rights under state and federal special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Act, commonly referred to as "IDEA 2004." These laws and regulations require local educational agencies to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students with disabilities who are in need of special education. A free appropriate public education, or FAPE, means special education and related services designed to meet the individual educational needs of your child provided, at no cost to you, in conformity with your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
The information contained in this Procedural Safeguards Notice is important to you and your child. Please take time to review it. While we have attempted to consolidate a great deal of information into readable format, we recognize that the information can be cumbersome. If you need clarification, you can seek help from personnel in the agency that provides educational services to your child. You also have the right to be informed of organizations that are established to assist parents in understanding their rights under these laws. Some of these resources are listed on the next page and are also contained in the Procedural Safeguards Notice.
If you have a concern about your child's educational program, you may wish to contact your child's teachers, principal or school administrators. This type of communication is often helpful in resolving concerns.
You also have the right, under federal law, to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and/or to initiate due process procedures as described in Section VI of this Procedural Safeguards Notice.
Director, Special Education
The Wallenpaupack Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The followin person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Michael Silsby, Superintendent, 2552 Rt. 6, Hawley, PA 18428. Telephone (570)226-4557 x3000.
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS*
*Additional resources are listed on the Procedural Safeguards Notice.
if you have a child with mental retardation and/or emotional disturbance, he/she is entitled, under the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976, to the services of a local Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) Center for an independent medical, psychological and educational evaluation to be performed by a state-certified professional at no cost to you.
NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE OF MH/MR BASE SERVICE UNIT:
LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ARC:
The ARC of Lackawanna County
115 Meadow Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Bar Association
PO Box 186
Harrisburg, PA 17108