• The Pottsville Area School District, either directly or through Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, provides special education and related services that are required by children with disabilities. If you believe that your child may be in need of a special education program, a screening and special education evaluation are available to you at no cost through the Pottsville Area School District. The special education evaluation will determine if your child qualifies for special education services and demonstrates a need for those services. Typically special education services involve modifying instruction and adapting materials to better meet your child's identified educational needs.

    In order to receive these services, a team of experts trained in assessing children with disabilities must evaluate your child. This team will determine if your child has a disability and, if so, is in need of special education and related services. As the parent, you are an important member of your child's evaluation team.

    Before the Pottsville Area School District may proceed with an evaluation, it will notify you in writing of the specific types of tests and procedures it plans to use, and of your rights throughout its process.  The evaluation cannot be completed until the district receives a signed written notice, indicating your consent to the proposed evaluation.

    If after an evaluation, your child is found to have a disability and in need of special education services, the Pottsville Area School District will develop, with your participation, an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a written document that specifically describes the services your child needs and will receive as a result of the evaluation. The services in the IEP will be offered to your child in a public school. If you choose not to accept the services specified in the IEP, your child may be eligible for equitable participation services provided by the Intermediate Unit outside of the public schools. If you are interested in finding out more about the special education services, the evaluation process, screening activities, and are a resident of the Pottsville Area School District, please contact the Director of Special Education.     

     Program Types

    • LEARNING SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for academic support.
    • EMOTIONAL SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for the development of positive behavior and social skills.
    • LIFE SKILL SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for the development of independent living skills.
    • AUTISTIC SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for the development of communication and social interaction skills.
    • MULTIPLE DISABILITY SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for the development of communication, mobility, and self care skills.
    • PHYSICAL SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for physical support and accommodations.
    • DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for hearing impaired and academic support
    • BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for visually impaired, academic, and orientation/mobility support.
    • SPEECH AND LANGUAGE SUPPORT for children with disabilities that demonstrate a need for development of language and communication skills.
    • PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES for children with disabilities and children thought to be exceptional.
    • RELATED SERVICES for children with disabilities, such as occupational therapy and physical therapy within the educational setting only.

      * SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS* 
    The Pottsville Area School District will destroy all Special Education records 7 years after a student graduates, moves, or drops out of school. If you would like a copy of your child's records before they are destroyed please contact the Special Education Office at ( 570) 621-2991. There will be a service fee of $.25 per single side page.
  • Record Requests

    All record request(s) should be directed to the Special Education Department.  Please call 570-621-2900 and ask for the building's Special Education Supervisor. Please leave a detailed message along with your name, phone number, and an email address where you can be reached. Request(s) will be processed in the order in which they are received. All special education records will be destroyed seven years after a student turns 21 years of age.