STUDENT SERVICESPEOPLE FOR ASSISTANCE OF STUDENTS IN STRESS (PASS TEAM)
People for Assistance of Students in Stress is a team of school district representatives, trained to work with referrals made by students, teachers, counselors, or parents, with students who are experiencing behavioral and/or academic problems which may be associated with drug, alcohol, and/or mental health problems. Participation on the team by school personnel may change from year to year. The team will collect data pertaining to students who are referred to them in order to determine if a student should be referred for further assessment and/or treatment. Confidentiality will be maintained in all situations unless legally the age of the child prevents the team from doing so or unless he or she presents a danger to himself and/or others. For more information about how the PASS team works, please call any of the school's guidance counselors.PROGRAMS FOR ELIGIBLE OR PROTECTED HANDICAPPED STUDENTS
In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Upper Merion Area School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services. If your child is identified by the district as possibly needing 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:1. Autism2. Visual impairment (including blindness)3. Hearing impairment (including deafness)4. Deaf – Blindness5. Intellectual disability
7. Traumatic brain injury
8. Other health impairment
9. Orthopedic impairment
10. Serious emotional disturbance
11. Specific learning disability
12. Speech and language impairment
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, some school age children with disabilities who do not meet the eligibility criteria under the IDEA might nevertheless be eligible for special protections and for adaptations and accommodations in instruction, facilities, and activities. Children are entitled to such protections, adaptations, and accommodations if they have a mental or physical disability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. If you believe that your schoolage child may be in need of special education services and related programs 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 screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the district’s public program. Requests for evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to the appropriate building principal or the Director of Student Services, Upper Merion Area School District, 435 Crossfield Road, King of Prussia, PA. 19406.
In compliance with state and federal law the Upper Merion 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 that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. 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 further information on the rights of parents and children, provisions of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time, and location), you may contact in writing the Director of Student Services or any building principal.