Special Education Office

Special Education Office

Welcome back to the beginning of another school year! The start of the school year can be an anxious time for both students and parents. Our special education staff understands this and is available to help ease the transition back to school. Please reach out to us if you have any concerns, now or any time throughout the school year.

The North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High and Elementary School buildings provide various special education services to meet the needs of all learners in the least restrictive environment. 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).

The 2016/2017 school year brings several changes to the special education supports offered by the district. A new Life Skills Support classroom and Autistic Support Classroom have been added at the High School level. We are determined to make this school year another successful year!

Special Education Plan Report - Draft

North Schuylkill SD
Special Education Plan Report –Draft
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019

Copies of the plan will also be available in the Special Education office, Elementary Office, Superintendent’s Office, and the Business Office.

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
NS Title I School-Parent Compact
Title I NSE Parent Involvement Policy
Title I NSSD Parent Involvement Policy
2016-2017 Task Force Brochure

Community Happenings

Navigating the Special Education World - 03/22/2017

Postsecondary Supports for Students with Disabilities - 04/26/2017 


Parent/Student Trainings

Schuylkill County Parent Support Network - Save the Date
Schuylkill County Parent Support Network - Flyer

Special Education Paraprofessional Trainings

PDE Paraprofessional Website
IU29 Training Opportunities
2015-2016 IU Trainings for Special Education Paraprofessionals

Knute Brayford, Supervisor of Special Education

Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1141
Email: kbrayford@northschuylkill.net

Ashley Palubinsky - Assistant Supervisor of Special Education

Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1141
Email: apalubinsky@northschuylkill.net