Programs for Eligible or Protected Handicapped Students
The School District of Pottstown has a variety of special services available to provide students the opportunity to mature intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, and physically. Requests for special services are initiated through the Instructional Support Team (IST) in each elementary building and the middle school. The teams meet regularly to discuss students who may have needs within the school environment.
Guidance counselors are resources to the staff in finding ways to meet the instructional, social, and emotional needs of students. Counselors provide support within the school environment by meeting with students, either individually or in small groups. Consultation with parents is also an aspect of this support service.
Special Education Services
In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Pottstown School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services (eligible students). 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/pervasive development disorder Neurological impairment
Blindness or visual impairment Other health impairments
Deafness or hearing impairment Physical disability
Developmental delay Serious emotional disturbance
Mentally gifted Specific learning disability
Mental retardation Speech and language impairment
The School District of Pottstown provides early intervention services for children from 3-5 years of age through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit #23. Information and requests for evaluation can be obtained by contacting the Intermediate Unit at (610) 539-8550 and asking for the early intervention supervisor.
If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs or your young child (age 3 to school age) may be in need of early intervention, 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. 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 are to be made in writing to David P. Krem, Pottstown School District .
Homebound instruction is provided for any district student who is unable to attend school due to a prolonged illness or disability. If the service is needed, the parent or guardian should send, to the student’s principal, a letter from the family physician which includes the following: a request for homebound instruction; diagnosis of the illness or disability with any pertinent instructions; and an estimate of the time the student will be absent from school. When this letter is received, a homebound teacher will be assigned to work with the student. For students receiving special education services, the parents should contact the Pupil Services Office at (610) 970-6621. In cases where a student enrolled in a private school is in need of homebound instruction, the Pupil Services Office at (610) 970-6621 should be contacted. In the last two cases, the Pupil Services Office will assign the homebound instructor.
In compliance with state and federal law, the Pottstown School District will provide each protected handicapped student, without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be school age with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. These services and protections for "protected handicapped students" are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.
For further information on the rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation, and screening (including purpose, time, and location), and rights to due process procedures, you may contact, in writing, the person listed above or any building principal.
Confidentiality: 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 these policies and procedures, as well as rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, you may contact, in writing, the person named above or any building principal.