Child Find: Screening and Evaluation

“Child Find”: Screening & Evaluation

In compliance with state and federal law, the Cumberland Valley School District is responsible for locating, identifying, and educating school-aged students requiring special programs or services. Parents may contact the building principal to request a screening or evaluation. Requests should be made in writing to the principal. Upon receipt, the Child Study Team (CST), which includes the parent, will meet to review the request and screening information. This information will be used to recommend interventions to meet the child’s specific needs and/or to document the need for further evaluation. For more information, visit

Gifted Program
The Cumberland Valley School District offers a gifted program for K-12 students who have been identified with outstanding intellectual and creative ability, which require specially designed programs not provided in our regular education programs. (22 Pa. Code 16.1)

Cumberland Valley has designed a multi-tiered process of identification that seeks input from parents, teachers, counselors, school psychologists and when appropriate, the student.

Chapter 16 requires that “Each school district shall adopt and use a system to locate and identify all students within that district who are thought to be gifted and in need of specially designed instruction.” (22 Pa. Code §16.21(a))

“Each school district shall determine the student’s needs through a screening and evaluation process which meets the requirements of this chapter.” (22 Pa. Code §16.21(c))

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Services for Students in Nonpublic Schools
Parents of nonpublic school students who suspect that their child is exceptional and in need of special education may also make a request for screening and/or evaluation. Parental requests should be made in writing and directed to the nonpublic school director/principal who, in turn, will contact and forward a copy of the request to Gaynelle Angelo, Director of Special Education,

Services for Protected Handicapped Students / Chapter 15 Regulations
In compliance with state and federal law, the Cumberland Valley School District will provide 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, which 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. To obtain additional information about the evaluation procedures and provisions of services to protected handicapped students, contact Doris Hagemann at (717) 506-3320.

Services for Preschool Age Children
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is responsible for providing services to infants and toddlers, which is defined as children from birth through two years of age. Contact: CONNECT Information and Referral number: 800-692-7288 (for TTY, dial 711 for Relay Service) for local information and referral. CONNECT staff are able to assist families in a variety of health, education, and welfare issues.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing services to preschool age children from ages three through five. For more information, please contact the Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 at (717) 732-8400 and ask to speak with the Early Intervention Supervisor.

Additional Resource Information
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