Annual Public Notice
Marion Center Area School District Special Education Services and Programs for School Age Children with Disabilities
It is the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Department of Education to insure that all children residing in the Commonwealth, who are in need of special education or related services are identified, located, and evaluated. Included in this are children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. A federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendment of 2004 (IDEA '04) requires this responsibility.
IDEA '04 requires each state educational agency to publish a notice to parents in newspapers or other media before any major identification, location, or evaluation activity. IDEA '04 requires this notice to contain certain information. Another federal law, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which protects confidentiality, requires educational agencies to notify parents annually of their confidentially rights (FERPA Regulations were amended in 1996). Pennsylvania Special Education Regulations require each school district to fulfill the IDEA '04 notice requirement by providing an annual public notice.
Marion Center Area School District provides a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to children with disabilities, who need special education and related services. Students may receive related services such as vision and hearing support, speech or language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or special transportation. Special education programs and services are provided to students who are in need of specially designed instruction and who meet eligibility criteria for one or more of the following disabilities as defined by Pennsylvania State Regulations (Chapter 14):
- Hearing Impairment
- Emotional Disturbance
- Cognitive Impairment
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech and Language Impairment
- Visual Impairment including Blindness
The District also provides related services such as special transportation, speech and language therapy, vision and hearing support, physical therapy, and occupational therapy as needed to enable the student to benefit from their special education program.
Additional information regarding special education services and programs and parental due process rights may be obtained by contacting your child’s school principal or the Special Education office at (724) 397-5551.
To view the District's Annual Public Notice, which includes information on child find, screening, evaluation, and services, click here: