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Volume 31,  Issue 3 |  October 2019

 

SPANISH HS - CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Student holding awardCongratulations to the 2018-2019 Spanish Honor Society members at Kennard-Dale High School for being selected and awarded one of the five Chapter of the Year Awards by the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. Some members are pictured holding the check and plaque they received for their achievement.



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TRAUMA INFORMED CARE INITITATIVE

South Eastern School District has been selected to participate in a trauma informed care training program designed for schools.  The training is funded by a grant through the York County Human Services Systems of Care initiative.  The York County Systems of Care has an ultimate goal of improving behavioral health outcomes for children and youth.   The practice of trauma informed care has been identified as a method to help in reaching this outcome. Research shows that at least 67% of the population has experienced at least one adverse childhood experience. Trauma-based adversities can lead to a multitude of toxic physical, mental, and social outcomes throughout a person’s lifetime. In order to assist York County’s education system in understanding trauma informed care, a three-part training package, entitled “Neurologic” has been designed by the Lakeside Education Network, specialists in trauma informed practices, and is being offered to selected school districts through York County Human Service’s System of Care.  The South Eastern School District has been awarded $11,000 in training from the Lakeside Education Network for this initiative.

Traumatic stress can arise from a variety of sources, from significant one-time events such as the death of a loved one to the day-to-day exposure to events such as divorce or homelessness. Both children and adults can be affected by traumatic stress.  In a trauma-informed school, adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. In a trauma informed culture, the focus shifts from looking at situations from the lens of what is wrong with a person to the lens of what might have happened to a person.  Utilizing trauma informed practices means that students and staff are provided with clear expectations and strategies to help guide them through stressful situations. The goal is to provide tools to cope with extreme situations as well as create an underlying culture of respect and support.

All district staff, including contracted staff such as bus drivers and food service personnel, completed the first component of the year-long training package on August 13, 2019.  All staff participated in a half-day intensive training session with Josh McNeil from the Lakeside Education Network.  The session focused on an introduction to brain basics, the concept of trauma, and the trauma informed classroom.  For the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, staff will continue the exploration of trauma informed practices through the opportunity to participate in a series of eight, one-hour webinar sessions that will build upon the information from the intensive training and introduce new strategies and interventions.  In addition, a core group of twenty staff members comprised of individuals representing each of the district’s schools, will have the opportunity for nine hours of coaching from a professional in trauma informed practices from the Lakeside Education Network.  During monthly coaching sessions, the designated coach may teach a brief lesson, review information, or share new interventions and strategies. The coaching sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss specific district concerns relating to implementing and sustaining trauma informed practices.

Teachers cannot teach effectively if their students are not able to focus on learning. Students cannot learn effectively if they are weighed down by the effects of trauma or if they do not have the appropriate skills to deal with traumatic situations or events.  Access to appropriate, evidence-based intervention as a response to trauma can assist in reducing or eliminating the need for a student to receive future mental-health services. Students who are exposed to evidence-based interventions and the support of a trauma-informed environment can acquire skills that can contribute to stronger resilience and better long-term outcomes for success and a healthy life.  The training provided as part of the grant will provide SESD the opportunity to positively impact school culture and assist us in meeting the needs of our students.



WHO SHOULD I CALL?

Follow these guidelines when questions or problems arise during the school year:

Classroom related question
:   Contact the school office where the classroom is located.  The office will connect you with the teacher or leave a message for the teacher to return your call.

School related questions (curriculum, procedures, discipline, etc.): Contact the appropriate school administrator.

    Delta-Peach Bottom Elem.                
    Fawn Area Elem.                                 

    Stewartstown Elem.                            
    South Eastern Intermediate School       

    South Eastern Middle School                
    Kennard-Dale High School 
         
(717) 456-5313                        
(717) 382-4220
(717) 993-2725
(717) 382-4851
(717) 382-4851
(717) 382-4871

 
Any issues regarding cafeteria meals
Contact Chartwells at 382-4843, ext. 6850.
Questions regarding transportation
:   Contact the Transportation Dept. at 382-4843, ext. 6227.
Questions regarding Tax Bills:
   Contact your local tax collector or SESD’s Business Office, at 382-4843, ext. 6221.



SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

In the event of inclement weather or a mechanical breakdown, the necessity may arise to close schools early, delay the opening of, or close schools entirely.  In the event of a weather/emergency related delay or closing,

PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD KNOWS WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO GO IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE HOME. 

SOURCES OF NOTIFICATION FOR DELAYS/CLOSINGS

 

SchoolReach Automated Calling System        
WGAL, Lancaster ............................ TV
          
FOX 43, Harrisburg ......................... TV
WBAL, Baltimore ............................  TV

ABC, York ............................ TV
CBS, Harrisburg ...................  TV
District Website ...................   sesdweb.net 




2019-2020 INSTRUCTIONAL TIMES

Pre-K
School Hours-AM:            8:30 am-11:40 am
School Hours-PM:            12:25 pm-3:25 pm        
May Enter Building-AM:    8:15 am
May Enter Building-PM:    12:10 pm
Early Dismissal-AM:          8:30-10:00 am
Early Dismissal-PM:          10:30-11:45 am

Kindergarten - Grade 6 
School Hours:                  8:30 am-3:25 pm
May Enter Building:          8:15 am
Early Dismissal:               11:45 am
Grades 7-8
School Hours:            7:25 am-2:25 pm
May Enter Building:    7:10 am
Regular Dismissal:      2:25 pm
Early Dismissal:          10:45 am  

Grades 9-12 
School Hours:             7:25 am-2:36 pm
May Enter Building:     7:10 am
Regular Dismissal:       2:36 pm
Early Dismissal:           10:56 am


Inclement Weather Make-up Days

When school is closed for inclement weather, power outages or mechanical breakdowns, the day missed will be made up on the following dates: 

First:         February 17, 2020                
Second:     April 9, 2020                         
Third:        April 13, 2020  
Fourth:      June 1, 2020                
Fifth:         June 2, 2020



HOW TO RETRIEVE MISSED PHONE MESSAGES

Should you miss a phone call from the District’s SchoolMessenger system?   Don’t worry - you can retrieve the message.  Simply call (844) 484-0468.  Note: You will need to use the phone that you normally receive the messages on, as the system will only recognize that specific phone number.  The retrieval system will allow you to listen to the last 10 messages sent from South Eastern School District.  

Important:  Your caller ID will display the number 844-484-0468 for SchoolMessenger calls.  You will not see 717-382-4843 anymore. 



SESD – FOOD AND WELLNESS POLICIES


Link to new Wellness & Food Services Policies:  http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/seas/Board.nsf/Public#

These links may also be accessed through the district website: sesdweb.net, click the “School Board” tab and follow the  “Policies” link.           

     • Policy 246 – WellnessPolicy
     • 808 – Food Services



FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT POLICY

The Board is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students with severe or life-threatening food allergies and shall establish policy to address food allergy management in district schools in order to: reduce and/or eliminate the likelihood of severe or potentially life-threatening allergic reactions; ensure a rapid and effective response in the case of a severe or potentially life-threatening allergic reaction; and protect the rights of students by providing them, through necessary accommodations when required, the opportunity to participate fully in all school programs and activities, including classroom parties and field trips.


SECEF Graphic


SOU
TH EASTERN COMMUNITY EDUCATION FOUNDATION

SECEF has been established as a non-profit organization with a mission “to support educational and cultural activities, events and classes that benefit the children and adults of the South Eastern School District Community.”  Each year, SECEF awards educational grants to the staff of South Eastern School District for use in the classroom.  For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call 382-4993.



MILITARY FAMILIES – NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT


As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, we are required to collect data regarding children of the military.  If you are the parent and/or guardian of a student and are currently an active duty member of a branch of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, Coast Guard) including full time Reserve or National Guard duty, please contact your child’s school office and request that your military status be updated.


 

BUDGET REPORT FOR 2019-2020

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In accordance with the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006, 5,286 homeowners that were approved for homestead/farmstead exclusions will see a property tax reduction itemized on their real estate tax bills. SESD’s portion of the $595.0 million in property tax relief from the state amounts to $994,164.63. The homestead/farmstead reduction of the tax liability for the approved properties is $188.07 for a property approved for 100% of the exclusion.



RIGHT TO KNOW

District records are subject to disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law unless the entire record, or certain information contained therein, is expressly exempted from disclosure by one of the exceptions set forth in Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, or other state or federal law that prohibit such public access.  

Any requester seeking access to or duplication of a public record must submit a written request addressed to the Open Records Officer. All district employees are directed to forward written requests for access to public records received by them to the Open Records Officer. A requester must complete the Right-to-Know Request Form created by either the district or the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records when submitting a written request. Copies of the district form may be obtained by request or on the district's website. The written request must identify or describe the public record sought with sufficient specificity to allow the Open Records Officer to determine which record is being requested, the medium in which the record is requested, and the name and address to which the district should send its response.


 

FERPA

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.

Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school system or postsecondary schools in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment/transfer or where the student is enrolled and receiving services. Parents and eligible students may request a copy of and be provided the opportunity to challenge the contents of the records sent.

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA

  • The right to privacy of personally identifiable information in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:  Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Ave-SW, Washington, DC 20202-8520.

 



VACINATIONS | MEDICAL SERVICES |
INSURANCE


School Vaccination Flyer


STUDENT MEDICAL AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE

CHIP INSURANCE:  CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program - Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance - maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work, or maybe it just costs too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help.  Go to chipcoverspakids.com to apply.

ACCIDENT INSURANCE:  All students participating in extracurricular activities are required to be covered by personal or school purchased accident insurance.  Student Accident Insurance covering accidents to students while in school and/or during student extracurricular activities is made available for all parents/guardians to purchase.  Premiums are collected during the month of  September.

 


 

RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Collection of Information for Marketing

Parents/guardians have the right to inspect the material and opt out the student from participating in any activity that results in the collection and disclosure of personal information for the purposes of marketing or selling that information.  This does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for or to students.

Post-Secondary Institutions and Military Recruitment

Post-Secondary institutions and military recruiters shall have access to secondary students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers, unless the student or parent requests that such information NOT be released without prior written parental consent. Parents/guardians should submit written notification of their request NOT to have student information released to post-secondary institutions and military recruiters to the building administrator by May of the student’s Junior year.

 NCAA Academic/Athletic Eligibility

The NCAA Clearinghouse determines academic eligibility to participate in Division I or Division II college athletics.  To be eligible, a student athlete must meet specific minimum requirements concerning GPA, SAT/ACT scores and completion of certain core academic courses approved by the Clearinghouse.  For detailed information on eligibility requirements and to register online, go to the NCAA website at www.eligibilitycenter.org.  It is not necessary to register until the student’s junior year, but scheduling the appropriate courses by the student should be a consideration during all four years of high school.


 

MANDATED CHILD ABUSE REPORTING

The Board requires district employees, independent contractors, and volunteers to comply with identification and reporting requirements for suspected child abuse, as well as the training requirement for recognition and reporting of child abuse in order to comply with the Child Protective Services Law (“CPSL”) and the School Code.



PA BULLYING PREVENTION CONSULTATION LINE

The Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), announces the availability of the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line.  The Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying.  This supportive resource has been developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available, at no cost, to students, parents/guardians, and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania.

Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours.  The Consultation Line number is 1-866-716-0424.



VOLUNTEERING IN SESD SCHOOLS

​Parents/guardians who work with children within the school district in a volunteer capacity must complete specific paperwork and obtain set clearances, as required by law.  Please visit the district website at www.sesdweb.net and click on Volunteering In our Schools for all of the information. 

Paperwork must be submitted to the Administration Building in order for you to be approved to begin volunteering at one of our district schools.  Parents/guardians must volunteer at least once a year for their clearances to remain active.   New clearances will need to be obtained every 5 years; this is a new requirement.


 

VISITOR REGULATIONS

For the safety and security of our students:

Parents/guardians are welcome and are urged to visit our schools.  Simply call the school office at least twenty four hours in advance to make an appointment with the teacher or administrator with whom you wish to meet.  A mutually convenient appointment will be scheduled.  All visitors must sign in at the school office where they will receive a visitor’s badge in exchange for a Photo ID.  The Photo ID will be returned once the visitor has signed-out and returned the visitor’s badge.  Failure to comply with sign in procedures may result in trespassing charges.



CURRICULUM REVIEW


by Parents/Guardians and Students  


District curricula is available to parents/guardians and students on the district website.  We welcome your questions regarding course content, academic standards, instructional materials, and/or assessments.  Please direct your inquires or requests to Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Nadine Sanders, at sandersn@sesd.k12.pa.us or 717 382-4843, ext. 6225.



SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES FOR 2019-2020

Elementary:         $2.35     
SEIS:                         $2.35     
SEMS:                      $2.60     
Kennard-Dale    $2.60
Milk:                         $   .60
Breakfast:             $1.10 
Adult:                      $4.15



 

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

South Eastern School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents, fungus, bacteria, and weeds (collectively “pests”). Our goal is to protect all students and staff from pesticide chemical exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. When it becomes necessary to use chemicals to manage a pest problem, the District will try to use the least toxic product possible.  Notices will be posted in the areas subject to application 72 hours prior to the application and for 2 days following the application. Notification will also be made on the District’s website, by email to all staff, through the District’s automated notification system, as well as all persons who are registered on our notification list.  To register for the IPM notification list, contact Amber Harris at  717 382-4843, ext. 6800 or harrisa@sesd.k12.pa.us.  Please include your email address and phone number.



RAMS ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES (ROLO)

Rams Online Learning Opportunities - ROLO provides an option to have our academic program delivered outside of the traditional school setting.  Students in grades 3-12 may take advantage of this option on a full or part-time basis.  All students who are interested in cyber courses may be required to complete an assessment to determine if they have the requisite skills needed to be a successful cyber student. An orientation is also required. Students graduating from ROLO will earn a Kennard-Dale High School diploma.      Please email the following individuals for more information about the ROLO program offered at South Eastern School District:

Grades K-8:  Preston Faulkner - faulknerp@sesd.k12.pa.us
Grades 9-12:  Rachel Bontoyan - bontoyanr@sesd.k12.pa.us



dollars for scholars logoSEDFS UPDATE 

South Eastern Dollars for Scholars has been active in the community celebrating 21 years helping students achieve their post-secondary educational goals!  Over 650 students have received scholarships totaling more than $886,000!  At the 2019 ceremony, 58 scholarships were awarded totaling $82,150.  We are fortunate to be part of a caring community who supports our students in numerous ways.  There are many local civic and businesses who support students with scholarships, as well as families who started memorial scholarships to recognize their loved one’s contributions to our community.  It is also possible for this organization to help students through community members who support us by attending our fundraising events, volunteering, and through monetary donations. If you would like to be part of this wonderful organization, please consider assisting by: 

Volunteering:  Share your time, skills, and/or ideas by becoming a chapter member or participating in fundraising events. 

Donations:  Any gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated. They may be given as a lump sum payment, bequests in your will or in your estate, or a contribution to the endowment fund. All contributions are tax-deductible. 

Walkway of Distinction: The memorial walkway leads to the front door of Kennard-Dale High School. You can honor an individual or an organization by ordering an engraved brick. Your message can be to celebrate a graduate, the memory of a loved one, or to honor achievements.    Please contact Sandy Clark at 717-382-4843 or email sedollarsforscholars@gmail.com for information about volunteering, making a donation, or purchasing a brick.




Camera ClipartPUBLIC RELATIONS FORM

 

ATTENTION Parents/Guardians

 
The South Eastern School District has numerous opportunities throughout the year to release pictures and/or news information about our students to the local newspapers, radio, and television stations.  This information is also used in district-wide publications.  The purpose of the pictures and information is to promote our district’s programs and goals.  If the opportunity arises for your child to be part of a particular news release, we shall assume we have your permission.  If you prefer that pictures of or information about your child not be used for this purpose, please complete and return the bottom portion of this page to your child’s school.

PUBLIC RELATIONS FORM - 2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR

Please do not include pictures of or information about  __________________________________________________   (print student’s full name)  in any school news release.                                                                                                                                                      

My child attends:    ____ Delta-PB Elem.                        ____ South Eastern Intermediate School
                                ____ Fawn Area Elem.                     ____ South Eastern Middle School                                              ____ Stewartstown Elem                  ____ Kennard-Dale HS

 
                                                                                                                                    
Parent Signature: ___________________________________________________________          

Date: __________________



KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE safe2say logo

 

1-844-SAF2SAY

Submit a tip without being named. We’ll make sure the right people know. That’s it. Safe2Say Something is a school safety tool that will save lives.  Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. 

1.  Report an anonymous tip.
2.  Crisis Center may ask a few questions to understand what’s going on.
3.  Within seconds, the right people will be notified.


 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NOTICES

Annual Public Notice to Parents

The purpose of this annual notice is to describe the special education programs and services that are available, the process by which students are screened, evaluated, and determined to be eligible for special education services, gifted services, or Chapter 15/504 services, and information regarding the confidentiality of student educational records.  It is the responsibility of school districts, charter schools, or the intermediate unit to ensure that all children residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located and evaluated.  This responsibility is required by the federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as amended in 2004 (IDEA 2004). The IDEA 2004 requires each school entity to publish a notice to parents, in newspapers or other media.  To comply with the requirement, this publication is just one way the South Eastern School District provides annual public notice to the community. 

Services – Age 3 Until School Age

Children age three through the age of admission to first grade are eligible for specialized services if they have developmental delays and, as a result, need special education. A child between three and the age of beginners is considered to have a developmental delay when one of the following exists:  (i) the child’s score on a developmental assessment device, which yields a score in months, indicates that the child is delayed by 25% of the child’s chronological age in one or more developmental areas; (ii) the child is delayed in one or more of the developmental areas, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests. Developmental areas include cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional, and self-help.

Screening for preschool children is available on an on-going basis.  Evaluations for preschool-aged students residing in the South Eastern School District are typically conducted at the Shrewsbury Elementary School or the York Learning Center.  Scheduling and questions regarding preschool screening can be directed to 717-624-6491 or toll free 1-888-669-7735 extension 6491.

Services for School Age Exceptional Students

It is the responsibility of the South Eastern School District to ensure that, to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities, including those in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with students who are not disabled.  Special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of students with disabilities from the general education environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes, even with the use of supplementary aids and services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily.  Special education services are provided according to the educational needs of the child, not necessarily the category of disability.

Screening

Screening is a pre-evaluation/pre-referral process that occurs in regular education. To identify students who may be eligible for special education, various screening activities are conducted on an ongoing basis. These screening activities include: review of group-based data (cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards, ability and achievement test scores); hearing, vision, physical and speech/language screening; and review by child study or multi-tiered system of support team. 

Evaluation

When screening results suggest that a student may be exceptional, the district seeks parental consent to conduct an evaluation.  An evaluation for special education services is conducted by an evaluation team that includes the parent, teachers, and any other qualified professionals.  The process must be conducted in accordance with specific timelines and must include procedural safeguard procedures. 

The evaluation process results in a written evaluation report.  This report specifies a student’s eligibility for special education based on the presence of a disability and the need for specially designed instruction.  The evaluation report also makes recommendations for educational programming. 

Parents who suspect their child may have a disability may request an evaluation at any time through a written request to the building principal.  If a parent makes an oral request for an evaluation, the school district shall provide the parent with a form for the purpose of putting their request into writing.  Pre-referral practices and procedures shall not serve as a barrier to the right of a parent to request an evaluation.

Non-Public School Students

Parents of non-public school students who suspect their child is exceptional and in need of special education may request an evaluation through a written request to the Director of Special Education.  If through evaluation it is determined that the student meets criteria of having a disability and they are in need of special education services, a free and appropriate education within the public school setting will be offered.

Consent

School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation or the initial provision of special education and related services without the informed written consent of the parents.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Development

Following the evaluation report, an IEP must be developed within 30 calendar days for a student who is identified as having a disability and being in need of services.  The IEP team must include the parent(s) of a child with a disability.  Other required members include at least one regular education teacher of the child (if the child is, or may be, participating in the regular education environment), at least one special education teacher, and a representative of the school district.  The IEP team develops a written plan called the IEP.  The IEP shall be based on the results and recommendations in the evaluation report.  The parents of the child have the right to be notified of and to participate in all meetings of their child’s IEP team.  The IEP is revised as often as circumstances warrant, but at least annually.

Parents may obtain additional information regarding special education services and programs and parental due process rights by contacting the child’s school principal or the Director of Special Education, 717-382-4843, extension 6890.

Notice of Recommended Educational Placement/Prior Written Notice (NOREP/PWN)

The South Eastern School District will notify you in writing whenever it proposes to initiate or to change the identification, evaluation, educational program or placement of a student or whenever it refuses to initiate or to change the identification, evaluation, educational program or placement of a student requested by a parent. 

Protected Handicapped Students

In compliance with the state and federal law (Chapter 15/Section 504), the South Eastern School District will provide to protected handicapped students 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 for each individual student.  These related aides are provided without discrimination or cost to the student or family.  In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be of school age and have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, have a record of such impairment, or be regarded as having such impairment.

Services and protections for protected handicapped students are distinct from those applicable to exceptional students enrolled or seeking enrollment in special education programs.  For further information about the evaluation procedures and provisions of services to protected handicapped students, contact the building principals.

Notice of Services for Gifted Students

While gifted is not included as one of the disabilities categories under the IDEA 2004, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education’s regulations as set forth in Chapter 16, Special Education for Gifted Students, provide that gifted students are considered to be children with exceptionalities and are in need of specially designed instruction. 

Notice of Services for Gifted Students

For students who are potentially gifted students, the South Eastern School District will take the following steps:

  1. Conduct the Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation

  2. Compile a Gifted Written Report

  3. Convene a Gifted Individualized Education Program team meeting to determine whether the student is gifted; and, develop a Gifted Individualized Education Program if the student is a gifted student

For students who are gifted and eligible for special education it is not necessary for school districts to conduct separate screening and evaluations, develop separate IEPs, or use separate procedural safeguards processes to provide for a student’s needs as both a gifted and eligible student.

Confidentiality of Student Records

South Eastern School District protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information regarding exceptional and protected handicapped students in accordance with state and federal law and district’s student records policy.

In accordance with 34 CFR § 300.624, please be advised of the following retention/destruction schedule for the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA), Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), and Keystone Exam related materials:

      PSSA, Keystone Exam, and PASA test booklets will be destroyed one year after student reports are delivered for the administration associated with the test booklets.

      PSSA and Keystone Exam answer booklets and PASA media recordings will be destroyed three years after completion of the assessment.

Student Records

School records are an important part of a student’s formal educational file in a public school setting.  They are confidential and privileged; so a policy regarding the collection, maintenance and dissemination of records has been adopted by the South Eastern School Board.  As a parent of an exceptional/non-exceptional child, you have rights guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 1974.  This notice outlines your rights.  You have the right to inspect your child’s records within thirty days from the date of an oral or written request.  You may make a written request for copies of your child’s records at a fee.  Requests for review, inspection or duplication should be submitted to the staff person designated as having responsibility for the records.  See the chart below for listing.

If you believe that any information in the records is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of privacy, you may request a change in records or have a hearing if the request is refused.

Release of Information

Your child’s records cannot be released without your written consent except for directory information and incidents specified in the policy.  Directory information can be released without your consent.  This information may consist of name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, honors won and offices held, recognition for achievements, post high school endeavors, recognition of graduating seniors, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height (for members of athletic teams), dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the last educational agency or institution attended by the student.

If you do not want directory information about your child transferred, you may prevent release by contacting the school district in writing within thirty days from receipt of this notice.  Please address such requests to the Superintendent.

Your child’s records may be moved to another school or school system in which you plan to enroll your child if you notify the responsible staff person at South Eastern School District, or if the enrolling school system submits written notification of enrollment.

Maintenance of Records

Records will be maintained on a child until no longer necessary.  Before records are destroyed you will be notified of your rights to receive a copy of materials.  Permanent records will be kept for 100 years beyond the date the student attains the age of 21.  The permanent records may contain such information as the student’s name, birth date, address, enrollment date, class rank, grades, and academic and non-academic awards.  These rights also apply to eligible students.  An eligible student is a student who is eighteen years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, unless the student is dependent upon the parent, as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

Should your primary language not be English, you may write for assistance in understanding the records policy and your child’s records.

The school district will provide a copy of its confidentiality policy upon request.  Should you feel the school district is not providing the rights as guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 1974, you may file a letter with the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201. 

CHART OF LOCATION OF RECORDS

Directory Information – School Main Office
Cumulative or Permanent Records – Guidance Office
Discipline Records – Principal’s Office
Health Records – Nurse’s Office
Annual Attendance Records – District Office
Psychological Reports – Special Education Office
Exceptional Children’s File – Special Education Office



The South Eastern School District fully and actively supports equal access for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information in its education programs, activities, and employment.  We prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.  Any compliance issues/questions should be directed to the Superintendent.  

All written materials are available in an alternate format upon request.