The Penn Cambria School District has developed procedures for screening and evaluating school-aged children living within the district who are experiencing academic or emotional/behavioral difficulty. If you believe your child may have an educational disability, you may contact his/her school guidance counselor or principal.
In the elementary schools, Student Support Teams are in place to screen students with suspected disabilities and provide interventions and supports in regular education for students with academic or behavioral needs. In the secondary schools, the responsibility for screening and intervention is provided by Child Study and Student Assistance Teams. If students fail to make reasonable progress with interventions implemented in regular education, a referral can be made for a special education evaluation which includes assessments conducted by a school psychologist. If the evaluation team concludes that the student meets the eligibility criteria for one or more educational disabilities and needs specially designed instruction, a recommendation is made for special education programs and services. The Penn Cambria School District supports an inclusive model, where students with disabilities are provided with opportunities to participate in the regular education curriculum to the fullest extent possible.