In compliance with state and federal laws, the Palmyra Area 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 of school age with a physical or
mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of
services to protected handicapped students, contact your child’s school counselor or building principal.
The 504 Committee should look at grades over the past several years, teachers’ reports, Information from parents or other agencies, state assessment scores or other school administered
tests, observations, discipline reports, attendance records, health records, and adaptive behavior information. Schools must consider a variety of sources. A single source of information
(such as a doctor’s report) cannot be the only information considered. Schools must be able to assure that all information submitted is documented and considered.
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.
For additional information related to Section 504/Chapter 15 services, the parent may refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, and the Basic Education Circular entitled Implementation of Chapter 15.
Parents may also contact the Building Principal to request further information on the rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time
and location), and due process procedures. For additional information, please contact the Director of Pupil Services at 717- 838-3144.