The Hollidaysburg Area School District provides a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of students with a disability. Students participating in a special education program are provided with an individually designed educational program to meet their unique educational needs. Programs are either operated by the district or provided by contract with Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 or neighboring school districts.
Educational disabilities include autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, deafness, hearing impairment, specific learning disability, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, speech or language impairment, visual impairment including blindness, and traumatic brain injury.
The Hollidaysburg Area School District has developed procedures for screening and evaluating school-aged children living within the district that are experiencing academic and/or emotional/behavioral difficulty. This includes children who are residents of the district but attend nonpublic schools.
If you have a reason to believe that your child may have an educational disability, contact his/her school guidance counselor first. The guidance counselor can explain the process of screening and if needed, evaluation.
State and federal laws and regulations outline parent’s rights and safeguards to be followed in providing a free and appropriate education. A copy of procedural safeguards that explain parent rights and confidentiality issues are provided to parents when the evaluation process starts.
The school district conducts screenings and evaluations for children who are thought to be gifted and in need of gifted education. Again, the first contact for parents would be with the guidance counselor.
Gifted programming is operated by the school district and focuses on enrichment and acceleration activities that supplement the regular education program. Instructional services are provided through direct instruction, consultation and classroom enrichment.
Copies of parent rights and confidentiality issues are provided to parents when the evaluation process starts.