Special Education

The Carlisle Area School District complies with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure that educational services are provided to students with disabilities. These federal laws appear as Chapters 14 (Special Education) and 15 (Section 504) in the Pennsylvania School Code. Students enrolled in the CVA program of studies that have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 plan will be accommodated according to the stipulations of those documents. In either case students and their parents will need to meet with the Virtual Administrator and the Director of Special Education regarding the review, implementation, and oversight of the provisions of their respective (IEP or 504) plans.

The district does not automatically conduct evaluations to determine eligibility for special education services. Parents who believe/suspect that their children are eligible for services should contact the school for further assistance. The school will work with the parents to ensure proper procedures are followed in the evaluation process. In addition to school staff, it is critical that parents of students receiving services monitor their student’s progress on a continual basis and maintain open communication with the school regarding problems or issues that surface.