Blacklick Valley School District

    Notice of Special Education Services and Programs

    Child Find


    Each school district, along with other public agencies in the Commonwealth, must establish and implement procedures to identify, locate, and evaluate all children who need special education programs and services because of the child’s disability.  This notice is to help find these children, offer assistance to parents and describe to the parent’s their rights with regard to confidentiality of information that will be obtained during this process.


    The content of this notice has been written in English.  If a person does not understand any of this notice, he or she should contact the school district (see Contacts) and request an explanation.


    Identification Activity


    Child find refers to activities undertaken by public education agencies to identify, locate, and evaluate children residing in the State, including children attending private schools, who are suspected of having disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, and determine the child’s need for special education and related services.  The purpose is to locate these children so that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) can be made available.  The types of disabilities that, if found, causes a child to need services are: Autism, def-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment due to chronic or acute health problems, specific learning disabilities, speech or language, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment including blindness.  In the case of a child that is of preschool age, developmental delay.


    Each school district is required to annually provide notice describing the identification activities and the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of personally identifiable information.  This notice is intended to meet this requirement.


    Identification activities are performed to find a child who is suspected as having a disability that would interfere with his or her learning unless special education programs and services are made available.  These activities are sometimes called screening activities.  The activities include: Review of group data, conducting hearing and vision screening, assessment of student’s academic functioning, observation of the student displaying difficulty in behavior and determining the student’s response to attempted remediation.  Input from parents is also an information source for identification.  After a child is identified as a suspected child with a disability, he or she is evaluated, but is not evaluated before parents give permission for their child to be evaluated. 




    If, after screening, a disability is identified, upon your permission your child will be evaluated.  A written record of the results is called an education record, which is directly related to you child.  Personally identifiable information includes the child’s name, the name of the child’s parents or other family member, the address of the child or their family, a personal identifier such as a social security number, a list of characteristics that would make the child’s identity easily traceable. 


    The school district will gather information regarding your child’s physical, mental, emotional, and health functioning through testing and assessment, observation of your child, as well as through review of any records made available to the school district through your physician and other providers of services such as day care agencies.


    The school district protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information by one school official being responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of the records; training to be provided to all persons using the information and; maintaining for public inspection a current list of employees’ names and positions who may have access to the information.  The school district will inform you when this information is no longer needed to provide educational services to your child and will destroy the information at the request of the parent, except general information such as your child’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record and classes attended, grade level completed, may be maintained without time limitation. 


    As the parent of the child, you have a number of rights regarding the confidentiality of your child’s records.  The right to inspect and review any education records related to your child that is collected, maintained, or used by the school district.  The school district will comply with a request for you to review the records without unnecessary delay and before any meeting regarding planning for your child’s special education program (called and IEP meeting), before a hearing should you and your school district disagree about how to educate your child who needs special education, and in no case, take more that 45 days to furnish you the opportunity to inspect and review your child’s records. 


    You have the right to an explanation and interpretation of the records; to be provided copies of the records if failure to provide the copies would effectively prevent you from exercising your right to inspect and review the records and; the right to have a representative inspect and review the records. 


    Upon your request, the school district will provide you a list of the types and location of education records collected, maintained, or used by the agency.


    You have the right to request the amendment of your child’s education records that you believe are inaccurate or misleading, or violate the privacy or other rights of your child.  The school district will decide whether to amend the records within a reasonable time of receipt of your request.  If the school district refuses to amend the records, you will be notified of the refusal and your right to a hearing.  You will be given, at that time, additional information regarding the hearing procedures and, upon request, the district will provide you a records hearing to challenge information in your child’s education files. 


    Parent consent is required before personally identifiable information contained in your child’s education records is disclosed to anyone other than officials of the school district collecting or using the information for purposes of identification of your child, locating your child, and evaluating your child, or for any other purpose of making available a free appropriate public education to your child.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.   Additionally, the school district, upon request, discloses records without consent to officials of another school district in which your child seeks or intends to enroll.


    When a child reaches age 18, the right of the parent with regard to confidentiality of personally identifiable information is transferred to the student.


    A parent may file a written complaint alleging that the rights described in this notice were not provided:


    Pennsylvania Department of Education

    Bureau of Special Education

    Division of Compliance

    333 Market Street

    Harrisburg, PA  17126-0333


    The Department of Education will investigate the matter; issue a report of findings and necessary corrective action within 60 days.  The Department will take necessary action to ensure compliance is achieved.


    Complaints alleging failure of the school district with regard to confidentiality of personally identifiable information may also be filed with:


    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education

    400 Maryland Avenue, SW

    Washington, D.C. 20202-4605


    The Blacklick Valley School District will provide ongoing screening services.  If you wish to learn more, have questions, or believe your child may need to identified, please contact:
    Dr. John Mastillo, Superintendent
    Blacklick Valley School District
    555 Birch Street
    Nanty Glo, PA   15943


    Dr. Laura Fisanick, Principal
     Blacklick Valley Jr. Sr. High School
    555 Birch Street
    Nanty Glo, PA   15943
    Mr. Sam Brunatti, Principal
     Blacklick Valley Elementary Center
    1000 W. Railroad Street
    Nanty Glo, PA   15943

     Mr. Ryan Lehman, Special Education Supervisor

    Blacklick Valley Jr. Sr. High School
    555 Birch Street
    Nanty Glo, PA   15943



    Early Intervention Identification


    In Pennsylvania, a child between 3 years of age and the school district’s age to begin school who has a developmental delay or one or more of the physical or mental conditions listed above, is identified as an “eligible young child.”  The parents of these children have the same rights described above.


    The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for provided programs and services to eligible young children under Act 212 of 1990, the Early Intervention Service System Act.  To schedule an appointment for screening or for additional information, please contact the IU 8 Pre-School Program at 1-800-228-7900.