Welcome to the Carbon Career & Technical Institute’s
Special Education web page.
**** FERPA Notice for Virtual Education 2020 *****
Dear CCTI Families,
CCTI is committed to making a good faith effort to provide continuity of education, planned instruction, appropriate, and reasonable services for students while our school districts are closed due to COVID-19. During an extended closure of a school (10 or more consecutive days) due to the COVID-19 health emergency, CCTI will continue to make a “good faith effort” in providing a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services.
During the extended closure, CCTI will provide special education and related services through distance instruction provided online, videos, and/or other modes, such as email, phone, and non-digital materials sent home. Although CCTI will not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided, we will continue education services that meet students’ needs. In addition, progress monitoring of IEP goals may not be able to be collected in the same manner they are typically provided. The IEP team will work collaboratively to monitor progress through practices of observation remotely.
Regarding IEP timelines and meetings, CCTI is committed to remaining as compliant as possible during this closure. During the closure, IEP meetings will continue to include the student, parent, LEA, Special Education Case Manager, regular education teacher and CTE representative and will be conducted via phone conference. If these members are not able to participate due to ongoing closure, the opportunity for the team to reconvene once school reopens will be provided.
CCTI Administration, teachers, support staff values education and we value your child. We understand the challenges school closure has caused and want to do our part in ensuring your child has equal access to learning. We also appreciate the expanded role that has been thrust upon parents and we want to be a support for you as well. Please feel free to contact CCTI’s Guidance Counselor during this school closure for counseling needs. CCTI’s Safe 2 Say procedure will remain intact.
As the situation escalates at the national and state level, direction moving forward will be adjusted. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and communities.
Christine Trovato Special Education Facilitator
Carbon Career & Technical Institute provides special education services that may be required by students with special needs through 21 years of age. In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by Carbon Career & Technical Institute that the public school districts of Carbon County screen and evaluate students to determine eligibility for special education and related services. For a full, detailed description please click on Child Find and FERPA Notice below.
Child Find and FERPA Notice
For information regarding the types of disabilities that might qualify students for services; the special educations services and programs available; the process by which participating school districts screen and evaluate to determine eligibility and the special rights that pertain to students and their parents or legal guardians, please refer to the following Notice.
Special Education Services Notice
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, whether academic or non-academic in nature. These accommodations may be provided through a 504 Plan.
Levels of Service
In 2004, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) stated that inclusion should happen in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and that all students with disabilities have the legal right to be placed in the LRE. Inclusion allows students with disabilities to receive the same education and support in the general education classroom based upon their IEP’s. Under LRE, the general education classroom is the first place to be considered for educating a student with a disability before more restrictive options are considered. For additional information regarding levels of service, please refer to the Child Find and FERPA Notice.
With this in mind, CCTI offers Itinerant level of service to students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This means special education students are provided special education services in the Inclusion setting at CCTI. Itinerant support correlates with the percentage of time each day the students spend in the regular education environment with their non-disabled peers. Students’ level of support and services required are determined by the Multidisciplinary Team. For a list of supports and interventions to assist in meeting students’ needs, refer to the list below:
Transition team Test Prep courses
Counselor meetings Career Cruising
Student conferences Attendance meetings
Conflict resolutions/restorative meetings Writing portfolios
Parent/student/Administration/Guidance meetings After school tutoring
Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT,USA Test Prep) Push-in Services
Transition surveys/Interest inventories Progress Reports
Professional Development Program Pull-out Services
Student Assistance Program (SAP) Stepping Up Program
Call List (Calling/E-mailing home) Power School Parent Portal
Parent/Student Resource Guide (see CCTI website) Attendance letter
Notification of Failing Grades letter Parent/Student Meetings
Tutorial computer programs
Outside Referrals (MD/MH, CMP, D/A, BoTkach Foundation
IEP meetings (annual, attendance, behavioral, academic concerns)
Special Rights and Protections of Children with Disabilities and their Parents/Legal Guardians
State and federal law affords many rights and protections to children with disabilities and their parents. A summary of those rights and protections can be found in the full detailed version of this notice, located below:
Procedural Safeguards Notice
Destruction of Information Concerning Students with Disabilities Who are Receiving or Who have Received Special Education Services or Who Were Evaluated for Such Services
The public school districts of Carbon County, and the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 are required to notify parents and guardians when personally-identifiable information concerning students with disabilities, or students who were evaluated to determine the need for special education services, is no longer needed to provide educational services to the student (“no longer educationally relevant”). For a detailed description of what Carbon Career & Technical Institute considers certain records to be no longer educationally relevant, please refer to the Child Find and FERPA Notice.
Students’ transition from school to adult life is an important series of steps. The Bureau of Special Education’s website provides information for students and families regarding post-secondary education, employment and independent living. The website also has links to other Pennsylvania agencies and departments that can assist students in their transition. To access the information, you can use the following link to the PA Secondary Transition Guide: