• Statewide General Education Information

    Right to Request Teacher Qualifications

    Children's Health Insurance Program

    Notice of Homeless Education Programs

    Rights and Protections for Exceptional Students

    Special Education Services and Programs


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    Right to Request Teacher Qualifications

    As a parent of a student in the Northern Bedford County School District, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. No Child Left Behind federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child's classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:

    * Whether the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
    * Whether the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
    * The teacher's college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.


    If you would like to receive additional information about any teachers or paraprofessional aides who work with your child, please contact the superintendent at the following address:

    Scott E. King, Superintendent
    Northern Bedford County School District
    152 NBC Drive
    Loysburg, PA 16659
    Phone: (814) 766-2221 ext 4702
    email: sking@nbcsd.org

    Northern Bedford County School District is fully committed to the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts.

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    Children's Health Insurance Program

    CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance (doctor visits, dental, prescriptions, vision care) for children of working and transitional families who otherwise could not afford it. No family makes too much for CHIP because there are no income limits. For many families, CHIP is free - others low cost.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education has partnered with the PA Insurance Department to engage in an effort to make parents aware of this program and its benefits.

    All students were given a brochure which details program benefits and how to apply for coverage. For more information visit www.CHIPcoversPAkids.com or call 1-800-986-KIDS.


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    Notice of Homeless Education Programs

    Federal guidelines, as set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, require that local school entities identify children who are homeless. The federal mandate, and the intention of Northern Bedford County School District is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free appropriate public education on an equal basis with other children. Children who are homeless, including those living with others, may qualify for assistance with school lunch and breakfast, with school supplies/materials, with tutoring, and with transportation so that they can remain in their school of origin.

    If you believe your child(ren) may qualify for this service, please contact the principal of you child(ren)'s school. You may also contact the superintendent at (814) 766-2221, ext. 4702.

    Homeless children may be identified as living in the following situations:

    * Public or private shelters
    * Public or private places not designated for/or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations such as vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.
    * Living with a parent in a domestic violence shelter
    * Individuals and/or families living with relatives or friends due to a lack of housing
    * Living in transitional housing programs
    * Runaway children (under age 18) and children who have been abandoned or forced out of the home by parents or other caretakers. They may be in temporary shelters awaiting assistance from social service agencies, or may live alone on the street or move from place to place among family members, friends or acquaintances. They also includes such youth from 18 to 21 years of age who may still be eligible for educational services in regular or special education
    * Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing
    * Children abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care; or
    * School-age, unwed mothers or expectant mothers living in houses for unwed mothers when they have no other available living accommodations.

    The law requires all school districts to inform parents or guardians of their rights under this provision of NCLB. Specifically, it states that pending resolution of a dispute about school placement, a school district must immediately enroll a homeless student in the student's school of origin or other school selected on the basis of the child's best interest and provide a written explanation of the rights of appeal to the parent or guardian of the student.


    If your living situation changes during the school year or over the summer, and you and your child(ren) become homeless, please be sure to contact the schools. We will work with you so that your child(ren)'s education is disrupted as little as possible.


    If you have any questions about this provision of NCLB, please contact your school principal: Ms. Carol Louden, Elementary Principal; Mr. Trevor Replogle, Middle School Principal; or Mr. Wayne Sherlock, Senior High School Principal.

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    Rights and Protections for Exceptional Students

    Exceptional children are guaranteed certain rights and protections under both federal and state laws. PL 94-142 and PL99-457 require that all states "provide a free, appropriate education" to handicapped children between the ages of birth to 18 and help states set up early intervention programs.

    State laws require that any mentally disabled, mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed student be provided with the services of the local MH/MR center for independent medical, psychological, and emotional evaluation.

    Local agencies and other organizations which may assist the parents of exceptional children are listed below.

    AgencyPhone #
    Bedford-Someset MH/MR(814) 623 - 5166
    Southern Alleghenies Legal(814) 623 - 6189
    Disabilities Rights Network(800) 692 - 7443
    PA Association for Gifted Education(888) 736 - 6443

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    Special Education Services and Programs

    Northern Bedford County School District offers programs to students in need of support for a variety of independent living, emotional, and academic concerns.

    Parents who believe their children need special services-at any time during their educational years- should call the appropriate building principal at 766-2221.

    Screening activities are ongoing and include:
    * teachers' observations of students
    * group tests-both intellectual and academic
    * vision and hearing screening
    * speech/language screening
    * review of cumulative files including attendance records, health and reports and report card grades
    * fine and gross motor (small and large muscle) screening
    * support and monitoring from building teams (i.e. student assistance team; instructional support team)

    All student information is confidential. It is available only to people in education working with a child and to his or her parents.

    More information on any aspect of special services are available from building principals or the district office at 766-2221.

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