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  • Pennsbury Inclusion Philosophy

    The Pennsbury School District believes our children belong with their peers. Pennsbury is committed to promoting a sense of belonging in each child by affording all students their right to be educated, to the maximum extent appropriate, in their neighborhood school. This commitment is possible through the use of appropriate support to enable students to be educated in the least restrictive environment.
     

    Notice of Special Education Services

    The public school districts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (“the Bucks County school entities”), provide special education and related service to resident children with disabilities who are ages three through twenty-two. The purpose of this notice is to describe (1) the types of disabilities that might qualify the child for such programs and services, (2) the special education programs and related services that are available, (3) the process by which each of the Bucks County School entities screens and evaluates such students to determine eligibility, and (4) the special rights that pertain to such children and their parents or legal guardians.

    Programs for Eligible or Protected Handicapped Students

    In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Pennsbury School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services (eligible students). If your child is identified by the District as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures. Individualized services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions:
      • Autism/pervasive development disorder
      • Blindness or visual impairment
      • Deafness or hearing impairment
      • Intellectual Disability
      • Mentally gifted
      • Multiple disabilities
      • Traumatic brain injury
      • Other health impairment
      • Orthopedic impairment
      • Emotional disturbance
      • Specific learning disability
      • Speech or language impairment
      • Deaf-blindness
     
    If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, or young child (age 3 to school-age) may be in need of early intervention, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost, upon written request. You may request a screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the District's public school program. Requests for an evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to the appropriate Special Education Supervisor listed on the right hand side of this page.
     
     
    Please see the link to our Special Education Plan for 2022-2025
     

    PDE Notice from 08/30/2023

    On August 30, 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced a change to its interpretation of the law regarding the years in which students are eligible for special education.  Previously, eligibility for special education services from local school districts terminated at the end of the school year in which a student attained 21 years of age.  Under PDE’s new interpretation, students can remain in special education programming until the date of the student’s 22nd birthday.  This does not mean that students get to remain for an entire additional school year, but rather only until the date of the student’s 22nd birthday. 

    Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, students eligible for special education services will be allowed to remain enrolled until their 22nd birthday if necessary to achieve their transition objectives.  For students who turned 21 during the 2022-2023 school year and who have not yet turned 22 years old, should you wish to re-enroll your child in the District to receive these additional months of service, please contact Regina Rausch, Director of Special Education at rrausch@pennsburysd.org and copy her administrative assistant R. Anne Mason at rmason@pennsburysd.org 

     

    High Leverage Instructional Practices (HLIP)

    Pennsbury School District has outlined High Leverage Instructional Practices (HLIP) for classroom teachers. The HLIP are aligned to Act 13 of 2020 and focus on four key areas of practice to ensure our curriculum and instruction is student-centered, universally designed, culturally relevant, innovative and equitable. Recently, we were able to develop a companion document for special educators aligned with PDE's Act 13 guidelines, as well as best practices published by the Council for Exceptional Children. Similar to the HLIP for classroom teachers, the PSD High Leverage Practices for Special Educators provide a common language for Pennsbury staff about the District’s values and beliefs for Distinguished practice in special education.

  • Department Staff

    Regina Rausch
    Director
    rrausch@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4186
    Alida Fitzpatrick
    Supervisor of Special Education (ER, PV, PW, IITH)
    afitzpatrick@pennsburysd.org

    Stephanie Fuhrer
    Supervisor of Special Education (EW, OV, WD, EI)
    sfuhrer@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 12802
    Matt Levin
    Supervisor of Special Education (FA, MK, QH, Gifted K-12, Speech K-12, IEE, Settlements)
    mlevin@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 10050
    Nicole Pastman
    Supervisor of Special Education (AF, MN, Hearing, Vision)
    nsilerpastman@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 21802
    Marissa Ray
    Supervisor of Special Education (PHS)
    mray@pennsburysd.org

    Maggie Rotella
    Supervisor of Special Education (PHS)
    mrotella@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 70959
    Alison Smith, Ph.D.
    Supervisor of Special Education (CB, PW, WP, ESY)
    asmith2@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 10251
    Donna Anderson
    Secretary to Steph Fuhrer, Alison Smith; Psychs, BCBA's, Related Services
    danderson@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 10048
    Sue D'Aversa
    Secretary to Alida Fitzpatrick; Record Requests, Registrations, Transmittals
    sdaversa@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100 ex. 10055
    R. Anne Mason
    Administrative Assistant to the Director, ESA's, Billing/Invoices, State Reporting
    rmason@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 10011
    Ashley Schubert
    Secretary to Matt Levin, Nicole Siler-Pastman; Record Requests, Registrations, Transmittals, Gifted
    aschubert@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 10054
    Brittany Smith
    Secretary to Maggie Rotella, Marissa Ray; Out of District, Paras, Referrals, State Reporting
    bsmith@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 10049
    Kim Watson
    Secretary (Medical Access)
    kwatson@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 10092
    Daryl Batoff
    IEP Facilitator, PHS
    dbatoff@pennsburysd.org

    Angela Jumper
    IEP Facilitator QH, FLS, MK, PV, ER
    ajumper@pennsburysd.org

    Rachael Mccaughey
    IEP Facilitator PHS
    rmccaughey@pennsburysd.org

    Kim Monachello
    IEP Facilitator PW, WP
    kmonachello@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 50809 (WP), ext. 40150 (PW)
    Dana Ortiz
    IEP Facilitator WP, CB, CBS
    dortiz@pennsburysd.org
    215-428-4100, ext. 30852 (CB), ext. 18405 (CBS), ext. 40150 (WP)
    Sarah Worthington
    IEP Facilitator, MOST, Transition Coordinator, BCTHS LEA
    sworthington@pennsburysd.org