Special Education Services

Last Updated: 1/28/2020 12:33 AM

 Director: Mrs. Julie Petrin,  jpetrin@wrsd.org


The Warrior Run School District provides a full range of meaningful programs aimed at meeting the special needs of exceptional children.  The district in conjunction with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit has developed policies in accordance with federal and state regulations and guidelines to insure that students receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment.  Parents of exceptional children receive a written copy of these rights as part of the guaranteed due process afforded children with exceptionalities.  Individuals may review a copy of these rights available through the special education office. 

Students in the Warrior Run School District receive services through a combination of district operated programs and services contracted through the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and neighboring school districts.  Special education is designed to meet the needs of each exceptional student, including specially designed instruction conducted in the classroom, home, community settings, hospitals, and other appropriate settings. 

Related services available to students include transportation, developmental, corrective and other support services to help an exceptional student benefit from a special education program.  Examples include: speech pathology and audiology; occupational and physical therapy, vision support services; and psycho-educational evaluation. 

Special education services are available to children who qualify in accordance with the state and federal regulations and have one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities: autism; deaf-blindness; deafness/hearing impairment; emotional disturbance; intellectual disability; specific learning disability; speech and language impairment; blindness/visual impairment; multiple disabilities; orthopedic impairment; other health impairments; or traumatic brain injury.  Furthermore, these children must be determined to be in need of special education based upon recommendations resulting from a multidisciplinary evaluation. 

Children who qualify for special education services go through a process of screening or evaluation.  If a disability is suspected parents, teachers, or other school personnel may refer a child for a screening or evaluation by contacting the principal or the district special education office. 

Parents who suspect that their child has a disability; or parents of children who have questions regarding their child's program should immediately contact the school.  Detailed information regarding parents rights and special education services and programs are available from the school district upon request.


PA Alternate Assessment Update, January 2020 ~

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments. Each local educational agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0 % of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA. A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6 (c)(3) regulations.  LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information. The Warrior Run School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent threshold for PASA participation for the 2019-20 testing cycle.  The necessary justification information has been submitted to the Bureau of Special Education.  Questions on the Warrior Run School District participation rates should be directed to Julie Petrin, Special Education Supervisor, jpetrin@wrsd.org, 570-649-5138 ext. 5010




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