The Franklin Area School provides a continuum of services for students determined to be eligible for special education without discrimination or cost to the student or family. If a child is identified by the District as possibly in need of such services parents will be notified of applicable procedures. A child with a disability is a student who has been evaluated by the school district’s multidisciplinary team and has been determined to have one or more of the following disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.
Autism Mental Retardation
Deaf-Blindness Multiple Disabilities
Deafness Orthopedic Impairments
Emotional Disturbance Specific Learning Disability
Hearing Impairment Speechor Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Parents who believe that their school-age child maybe in need of special education services may request screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not their child is enrolled in the District’s public school program. Requests for screening and evaluation are to be made to the building principal or Director of Student Support Services in writing.
The Franklin Area School District will provide to 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. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability that substantially limits a major life activity 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 with disabilities enrolled in special education programs.
Parents may contact the Director of Student Support Services to request further information on the rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time and location), and due process procedures. All information gathered about a student 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 of this information to third parties. For information about these policies and procedures, as well as rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, parent should contact the Director of Student Support Services.