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JOSEPH PETRARCA
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES

The Student Services Department is comprised of five distinct program areas: Special Education; English Learners (formally English Language Learners); Home Instruction; School Health/Nursing Services and 504 Evaluations and Plans.  In addition, the Director of Student Services is the local liaison for school age youth who are homeless; the Director is also the point of contact for children in foster care.
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Programs to meet the special education needs of students include an array of services from PreK-12th grade and from ages 3 to 21 years of age.  Identification for special education is in one of the following categories: autism, developmental disability, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and/or visual impairment including blindness. A full range of services are provided in compliance with federal laws, IDEIA and Section 504.

Early childhood screening is available to three, four, and five year old children with suspected special needs in order to discover potential learning problems and develop a plan to assist with remediation. 

Child Find
The Streetsboro City Schools is charged by law to find and identify children with disabilities, birth through age 21, who may be in need of special education services. 

Help Me Grow is the agency responsible for services for children birth to age 3.  They can be reached at 330.298.4545.

For preschool children who are between the ages of 3 to 5 years of age, a disability means that the child is experiencing delays in one or more of the following areas:

  • Physical development
  • Cognitive development
  • Communication development
  • Social or emotional development
  • Adaptive development

For school age students, a disability means that a student has been identified as having one or more of the following disabilities:

  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disability (formerly Cognitive Disability)
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairments, including Blindness

The Streetsboro City Schools offer evaluations for all children suspected of having a disability free of charge. Once the district is notified of a child suspected of having a disability, the child’s parents are contacted and informed of their rights as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and the Operating Standards for Ohio Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.

PARENT MENTOR
The Parent Mentor for the district is Ms. Kelly Butler.  The Parent Mentor is a resource for families and school districts; her services include the following:

  • Guiding families through the special education process, including rights and responsibilities
  • Acting as a liaison between the parents and the school
  • Listening and providing support to parents on an individual basis
  • Providing families with information regarding special education programs and community resources
  • Attend IEP meetings or any other meetings at the request of parents and staff
  • Building collaborative partnerships between families and schools in order to benefit students with disabilities

Ms. Butler can be reached at 216.524.3000, ext. 4205, or via email at kelly.butler@esc-cc.org.

ENGLISH LEARNERS (formerly known as English Language Learners)
Streetsboro City Schools provides services for students who are identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP). Services are available for EL students in grades K-12.

HOME INSTRUCTION 
Home Instruction services are provided to children who are unable to attend school due to a documented illness or disability as verified by a licensed physician. 

SCHOOL HEALTH/NURSING SERVICES
Streetsboro City School District, in cooperation with Akron Children's Hospital, provides School Nursing Services. 


504 EVALUATIONS AND PLANS
Section 504 is a federal law of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability in any program receiving federal assistance. The district has specific responsibilities under this act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the child has a current disability and is termed to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational programs. Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who has a "mental or physical impairment which substantially limits a "...major life function." A major life function includes activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.

HOMELESS YOUTH
The Director of Student Services is responsible for coordinating services for school age youth who are considered homeless.  If you live in any of the following situations, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act:

  • In a shelter
  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
  • Double up with other people due to a loss of housing or economic hardship

Eligible students have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents
    • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference and is feasible*
      *If the school district believes that the school selected is not in his/her best interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students' needs

If you believe you may be eligible, contact the Director of Student Services to find out what services and supports may be available.  You may also contact the State Coordinator for further assistance.,Susannah Wayland, at 614.387.7725.

STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE
The Elementary and Secondary Elementary Act, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015), contains key protections to promote educational stability and success for students in foster care. ESSA requires state and local education agencies to collaborate with child welfare partners in an effort to improve educational outcomes for youth in foster care. The Director of Student Services is the contact for agencies and child welfare partners. 

The general role of the local foster care point of contact is to facilitate district implementation and compliance with state and federal laws as they relate to students in foster care, and to collaborate with the local county child welfare agency to address educational barriers that prevent students in foster care from being identified, enrolled, attending, or succeeding in school. Some of the duties of the local point of contact may include the following:

  • Coordinating with the corresponding child welfare agency point of contact on the implementation of ESSA foster care provisions
  • Coordinating with the state foster care point of contact
  • Attending training and professional development opportunities to improve educational outcomes for youth in foster care
  • Serving as the primary point of contact person for county child welfare workers
  • Leading and documenting the development process for making best interest determinations
  • Facilitating immediate enrollment and transfer of records
  • Facilitating data sharing with child welfare agencies, consistent with FERPA
  • Developing and coordinating local transportation procedures for students in foster care
  • Managing best interest and transportation cost disputes
  • Ensuring youth in foster care are regularly attending school
  • Providing professional development and training to school staff on the education needs of youth in foster care

 



 

Student Services Contact Information:

Joseph Petrarca                   Carol Benson
Director of Student Services   Administrative Assistant
330-626-4900 extension 1020     330-626-4900 extension 1205
Fax:  330.626.8102   Fax:  330.626.8102
jpetrarca@rockets.sparcc.org   cbenson@rockets.sparcc.org 

 

 

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