Special Education Services

Palisades SD Special Education Comprehensive Plan 2022 2025.pdf

The Palisades School District is committed to providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for all students. Through a process of data collection and review of student’s academic, behavioral, and social and emotional performance, our schools work to identify the needs of all learners and provide remedial interventions and enrichment opportunities when warranted.

In instances where these interventions and opportunities are not sufficient to address the student’s needs, the District recognizes its obligation to Child Find, a process required by federal and state regulations to identify, evaluate and determine if a student has a disability, a physical impairment or mental impairment, and/or gifted abilities, that would require a need for special education, related services, accommodations or gifted services, for that student to be successful in the general education curriculum.

If you feel that your child needs such considerations or would like more information regarding the Child Find process and/or special education services, please contact Lou deFonteny, Director of Student Services at 610-847-5131 ext. 4009.

Special Education Resources:

Palisades School District Special Education Comprehensive Plan:
As per the Pennsylvania Depart of Education's requirement, each school district's special education plan must be posted for a period of 28 days, providing the public opportunities to review and comment on the proposal prior to it being presented to the school board for approval. Linked, on the 14th day of April, 2022, is the proposed special education comprehensive plan for your review. Comments may be directed to Lou deFonteny, Director of Student Services at [email protected].

Palisades School District Special Education Comprehensive Plan

  1. How a district makes a determination of eligibility for special education services.
  2. How a district goes about developing a special education plan.
  3. What the district’s responsibilities are to children with disabilities.
  4. What options parents have in regards to special education services.

Parent and Student Rights:

The Procedural Safeguards Notice describes your rights and the procedures that safeguard your rights under state and federal special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly referred to as “IDEA 2004.” These laws and regulations require local educational agencies to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students with disabilities who are in need of special education. A free appropriate public education, or FAPE, means special education and related services designed to meet the individual educational needs of your child provided, at no cost to you, in conformity with your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Transition Services:  At the age of 14, students are required to be invited to their IEP meetings to begin the process of developing a transition plan. This plan takes into consideration a student’s strengths and interests and begins to develop a course or activities and experiences that the student will engage in through graduation. The following are resources to help better understand the transition process and to assist student in obtaining their post-secondary goals.