Annual Notifications & Information
- Right to Know
- Title IX Notification
- Non-Discrimination Statement
- Equal Opportunity Employer
- Special Education
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Asbestos/Pest Control
All Susquehanna Township School District RTK requests can be directed to:
Agency Head: Dr. Tamara Willis, Superintendent
Solicitor: Attorney William J. Zee, Appel, Yost & Zee, LLP Law Office
Susquehanna Township School District
Open Records Officer
2579 Interstate Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(for general questions and appeal submissions)
District Office Hours
8:00am to 4:00pm when school is in session
Please call 717-657-5100 for summer and holiday hours
Susquehanna Township School District Title IX Notification
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance."
-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Susquehanna Township School District affirms that no person shall, on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, age, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, veteran’s status, or genetic information be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any educational program or activity. In addition, no person shall, on any of these bases, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment, or recruitment, or consideration, or selection, therefore, whether full-time or part-time, under any educational program or activity operated by the Intermediate Unit.
DESIGNATED TITLE IX COORDINATOR
In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, the STSD has a designated Title IX Coordinator. The STSD’s Title IX Coordinators should be contacted regarding any inquiries as to the application of Title IX or filing a harassment complaint.
Submitting a Complaint
In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, all students and parents may report allegations of harassment to the applicable building principal or administrator. Additionally, all STSD staff, being mandated reporters, may field a complaint at any time, and submit to their supervisor. Reporting by staff to any required child abuse agency or law enforcement agency, as directed by state law, is to be done in addition to reporting complaints to building and supervisory staff.
Please use the attached Complaint Form and submit to a building principal or supervisor.
Please Note: Updated Board Policies related to Title IX are being drafted and will be sent for Board approval at the September meeting of the STSD Board of Directors. Forms will be updated at that time.
Title IX Team Members (Various Roles):
Mrs. Trish Green
Tamara Willis, Ph.D.
Susquehanna Township School District does not discriminate in employment, education programs, or activities based on race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy, handicap/disability or any other legally protected basis. This policy of non-discrimination extends to all other legally protected classifications in accordance with state and federal laws including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 2020 and Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Equal Opportunity Notification
Susquehanna Township School District is an equal rights and opportunity public education school district and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, marital status, or genetic information in its activities, educational and vocational programs (providing equal access to Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups) or employment practices as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955 as amended, and the Genetic Information Act of 2008.
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Mark Holman, Equal Rights and Opportunity Coordinator.
Notice of Special Education Services
Each school district, along with other public agencies in the Commonwealth, must establish and implement procedures to identify, locate and evaluate all children who need special education programs and services because of the child’s disability. This notice is to help find these children, to offer assistance to parents, and to describe the parents’ rights with regard to confidentiality of information that will be obtained during the process.
The content of this notice has been written in English. If a person does not understand any of this notice, he or she should contact the school district and request an explanation.
- Identification Activity
- Education Records / Confidentiality
- Early Intervention Identification
- Services for Protected Handicapped Students
Child Find refers to activities undertaken by public education agencies to identify, locate, and evaluate children residing in the Commonwealth, including children attending private schools, who are suspected of having disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, and determine the child’s need for special education and related services. The purpose is to locate these children so that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) can be made available. The types of disabilities that, if found, may cause a child to need services are: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment due to chronic or acute health problems, specific learning disabilities, speech language impairment, traumatic brain injury and visual impairment including blindness. In the case of a child that is of preschool age, developmental delay.
Identification Activities are performed to find a child who is suspected as having a disability that would interfere with his or her learning unless special education programs and services are made available. These activities are sometimes called screening activities. The activities include: review of group data, conducting hearing and vision screening, assessment of student’s academic functioning, observation of the student displaying difficulty in behavior, and determining the student’s response to attempted remediation. Input from parents is also an information source of identification. After a child is identified as a suspected child with a disability, he or she is evaluated, but is not evaluated before parents give written permission for their child to be evaluated. Regardless of screening activities, parents who think their child is a child with a disability may request in writing, at any time, that an evaluation be conducted to determine if the child is eligible to receive special education services. Written requests should be sent to the school district/charter school special education contact person, as listed in this notice.
All records that are directly related to an individual child are called educational records and are maintained by the local school district. Information contained in these records such as the child’s name, the name of the child’s parents or other family member, the address of the child or their family, a personal identifier such as social security number or a list of characteristics or information that could make the child’s identity easily traceable is call personally identifiable information.
Each school district, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, and other applicable federal and state laws, protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information regarding students that are identified as children with disabilities and eligible for special education services and protected handicapped students. The school district protects personally identifiable information by one school official being responsible for ensuring confidentiality of the records; training being provided to all persons using the information, and maintaining for public inspection a current list of employees’ names and positions using the information. The school district will inform you when information is no longer needed to provide educational services to your child and will destroy the information at the request of the parent, except general information such as the child’s name address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, and grade level completed may be maintained without limitation.
As a parent of the child you have a number of rights regarding the confidentiality of your child’s records; for example, the right to inspect and review any education records related to your child that is collected, maintained, or used by the school district. The school district will comply with a request for you to review the records without unnecessary delay and before any meeting regarding planning for your child’s special education program (called an IEP meeting), before a hearing should you and your school district disagree about how to educate your child who needs special education, and in no case, take more than 45 days to furnish you the opportunity to inspect and review your child’s records.
You have the right to an explanation and interpretation of the records; to be provided copies of the records if failure to provide copies would effectively prevent you from exercising your right to inspect and review the records and; the right to have a representative inspect and review the records.
Upon your request, the school district will provide you a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained, or used by the agency. Additionally, the school district may charge a fee for copies of the records made in response to your request for copies, except it will not charge a fee if doings so will prevent you from inspecting and reviewing your child’s records. The district will not charge a fee to search or retrieve information.
You have the right to request the amendment of your child’s education records that you believe are inaccurate or misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of your child. The school district will decide whether to amend the records within a reasonable time after receiving your request. If the school district refuses to amend the records you will be notified of the refusal and your right to a hearing. You will be given at that time, additional information regarding hearing procedures and, upon request, the district will provide you a records hearing to challenge information in your child’s education files.
Parent consent is required before personally identifiable information contained in your child’s education records is disclosed to anyone other than officials of the school district collecting or using the information for purposes of identification of your child, locating your child and evaluating your child or for any other purpose of making available a free appropriate public school education to your child. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Additionally, the school district, upon request, discloses records without consent to officials of another school district in which your child seeks or intends to enroll.
School districts may establish a policy of disclosure of some types of student information known as directory information. Directory information is not subject to access or disclosure rules under FERPA. Directory information is that portion of an educational record which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. This information may include but is not limited to the student’s name and school activities, local and permanent address, family members’ names, addresses and telephone numbers, major fields of study, names of previous school attended and enrollment status. Parents may refuse to allow the school district to designate any or all of their child’s records as directory information. Parents should contact their local school district if they do not want directory information released about the child. When a child reaches age 18, the rights of the parent with regard to confidentiality of personally identifiable information is transferred to the student.
A parent may file a written complaint alleging that the rights described in this notice were not provided to the following:
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Special Education Division of Compliance
333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
The Department of Education will investigate the matter; issue a report of findings and necessary corrective action within 60 days. The Department will take necessary action to ensure compliance is achieved.
Complaints alleging failures of the school district in regard to confidentiality of personally identifiable information may also be filed with:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
Early Intervention Identification
In Pennsylvania, a child between three years of age and the school district’s age to begin school who has a developmental delay or one or more of the physical or mental conditions listed previously, is identified as an “eligible child.” The parents of these children have the same rights described previously in this documents.
The state Department of Education is responsible for providing programs and services to eligible young children under Act 212 of 1990, the Early Intervention Services Systems Act. Screening for preschool children is available from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). To schedule an appointment for screening, or for additional information, please call Eric Bostick, CAIU Preschool Program Supervisor, at 717-732-8400 ext. 8619.
Services for Protected Handicapped Students
Students who are not eligible to receive special education programs and services may qualify as protected handicapped students and, therefore, be protected by other federal and state laws intended to prevent discrimination. The school district must insure that protected handicapped students have equal opportunity to participate in the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate for each individual student. In compliance with state and federal law, the school district will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or other 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.
These services and protections for “protected handicapped students” may be distinct from those applicable to exceptional or thought-to-be exceptional students. The school district or the parent may initiate an evaluation if they believe a student is a protected handicapped student. For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students, parent should contact the appropriate individuals listed across.
Asbestos/Pest Control Notification
STSD continues to manage asbestos containing materials as per AHERA regulation. The management plan is available for review by appointment at the district office.
STSD uses an integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student from pesticide exposure by using the IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making school buildings and grounds unfavorable habitats for these pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding places. This is accomplished through routine inspection by school staff and Home Paramount. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator who evaluates the “pest problem” and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. Techniques can include increasing sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest etc.
If there are questions about either of these plans, please contact Barry Seilhamer, STSD supervisor of building and grounds.