Special Education

  • In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Muhlenberg School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying disabled students who may be in need of special education and related services (eligible students). Individualized services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions:
    1. Autism/pervasive development disorder
    2. Blindness or visual impairment
    3. Deafness or hearing impairment
    4. Developmental delay
    5. Mentally gifted
    6. Intellectual Disability
    7. Multihandicapped
    8. Neurological impairment
    9. Other health impairments
    10. Physical disability
    11. Serious emotional disturbance
    12. Specific learning disability
    13. Speech and language impairment

    If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, or 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 Distric's public school program. Requests for evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to building principals or Dr. Shawn Rutt, Director of Special Education.

    Students Eligible for Service Agreements

    (504/Chapter 15)

    In compliance with state and federal law, the Muhlenberg 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 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.

    To read a full copy of the Section 504 - Procedural Safeguards Notice see the Documents section of the page.

    Students Who are Gifted

    In compliance with state law, the Muhlenberg School District provides services designed to meet the unique needs of gifted students. The Muhlenberg School District identifies "gifted" students on a case by case basis based on state law and District policy. Such students may possess superior IQ scores or meet multiple criteria indicating gifted ability. If your child is suspected to be in need of such services, you will be notified of evaluation procedures. If you believe your school age child may qualify for gifted education services, you may contact the District at any time to request a determination of eligibility. Please note that entitlement to gifted services includes only those rights provided for by Pennsylvania law.

    • To read about the Gifted Program's Objectives and Programming see the Documents section of the page.
    • To read a full copy of Gifted Notice of Parental Rights see the Documents section of the page.
    • To read a copy of the school district's policy for Screening, Referring, Evaluating, And Identifying Students Who Are Mentally Gifted see the Documents section of the page.

    Student Records

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    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.

    Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools, see the Documents section of the page.

    To read a copy of the school district's Student Records Policy, see the Documents section of the page.

    Special Education Services

    Information about early intervention, parent rights, mediation or due process procedures, specific special education services and programs offered by Muhlenberg, and our educational records policy are available upon request. A parent may request that the district initiate a screening or evaluation of their student's specified needs at any time by contacting the building principal. Further information about these procedures may be obtained by calling the Special Education office at 610-921-8034 ext. 3522.

    • To read a full copy of the Special Education Services Notices-2010 (English version) see the Documents section of the page
    • To read a full copy of the Special Education Services Notice-2010 (Spanish version) see the Documents section of the page

    Staff

    Dr. Shawn Rutt- Director of Special Education
    Mrs.  Amy Coyle - Supervisor of Special Education
    Ms. Katie Frederick - Special Education Teacher Consultant/ Elementary Special Education Department Chairperson
    Mrs. Jennifer Hausman - Special Education Resource Teacher/ Secondary Special Education Department Chairperson 
    Mrs. Christine Marco Fies- School Psychologist
    Ms. Alicia Miller - School Psychologist
    Mrs. Sarah Aduddell - School Psychologist
    Ms. Victoria Spannuth - Secretary
    Mrs. Sharon Heckman - Secretary
    Mrs. Phyllis Young - Secretary
    Mrs. Christine Weaver -Secretary
     

Documents