Special Education Office

Special Education Office

Dear Parents:

The Special Education Department at North Schuylkill remains committed to ensuring that each child leaves school each day feeling successful. We do this by providing individualized supports, a continuum of service delivery options, facilitating academic and social development and maintaining dignity and respect for each student.

Now that the 21/22 school year has ended, we are preparing for the next school year. Extended School Year Services will be held in both schools, a tour of the high school for incoming students with IEPs has been scheduled and preparations are being finalized for new students to our district. Information about the tour will be sent to all new students in July. If you have any questions regarding your child, or special education, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the special education office.

The North Schuylkill School Districts’ Special Education Department offers a continuum of services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. These services include but are not limited to: Autistic Support, Emotional Support, Learning Support, Speech and Language Support, and Life Skills Support. Students with disabilities may receive special education and related services in the general education classroom, or direct instruction and services from a special education teacher in a program-specific classroom if deemed appropriate by their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

We look forward to seeing everyone in August and working with all stakeholders to make the next school year a successful one for each student.

Knute Brayford, Supervisor of Special Education
North Schuylkill School District
15 Academy Lane
Ashland, PA 17921
(570) 874-0495 X1141

The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification document can be made available upon request. Please contact the Special Education Office at (570) 874-0495 to view the document.

Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

Attention Parents/Guardians, Former Students, Eligible (Adult) Students
Special Education records which have been collected by the North Schuylkill School District (NSSD) related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of seven years after Special Educational services have ended for the student. Special Education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completed his or her educational program at age 21 or moves from district.

This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of North Schuylkill School District’s intent to destroy the Special Education records of students who are no longer receiving Special Education services for at least seven (7) years beyond the age of twenty-one (21). These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.

After seven years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address:

North Schuylkill School District
Special Education Department
15 Academy Lane
Ashland, PA 17921

The district may charge $0.10 per copy for single sided pages for personal use and $0.25 per copy for Right to Know requests.

Important Notices

Notice of Special Education Services
Annual Public Notice
Procedural Safeguards Letter
Notice of Rights Under Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records
Notice of Parental Rights for Gifted Students

Community Happenings

ERC Resource Newsletter(March 5th, 2021)
Families Grow Together - Open House (June 5, 2021)

Parent/Student Trainings

Schuylkill County - Right to Education Task Force
Bridging to the Future Event for Parents of/and Students With Special Needs

Special Education Paraprofessional Trainings

PDE Paraprofessional Website
IU29 Training Opportunities

Knute Brayford, Director of Special Education

Photo of Knute Brayford, Director of Special Education
Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1141
Email: kbrayford@northschuylkill.net

Christine Greblick - Supervisor of Special Education

Christine Greblick -  Supervisor of Special Education
Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1141
Email: cgreblick@northschuylkill.net