More than 40 people were there for "What's the big IDEA?" — an introduction to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) by Karen Berk, Director of Pupil Services.
Colonial students receive a wide array of basic and supplemental services, including special education, counseling and school health programs. More than 800 students qualify for individualized education programs (IEPs) due to specific disabilities, and approximately 200 students have gifted individual education programs. Fourteen school counselors support students in grades K-12, and four community counselors offer additional supplemental services.
School health services are provided by certified school nurses and staff nurses to all Colonial students as well as students attending non-public schools within the District. Routine health services include height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings. Dental examinations and physical examinations are also provided according to provisions of the Pennsylvania School Code.
Additional supports to students and families include the services of a home and school visitor and a behavioral health adviser.
The Colonial School District's K-3 Life Skills support class welcomed visitors to experience their new Sensory Space, which is dedicated to former Special Education Supervisor Beth Maza.
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CONTACT PUPIL SERVICES:
- Karen Berk, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education, 610-834-1670, ext. 2111
- Eileen Spector, Special Education Supervisor (6-12), 610-834-1670, ext. 2105
- Carole Chasen, Special Education Supervisor (K-5), 610-834-1670, ext. 2134
- Felix Scherzinger, Behavioral Health Adviser/Community Health Liaison, 610-834-1670, ext. 2147
- Ellen Reilly, Home and School Visitor, 610-834-1670, ext. 2108