psychologists have a Master's degree in school psychology and are certified by
the State of Pennsylvania. Their specialized training relates to student
social, emotional, and academic development. Upon referral from elementary Core
Teams that include learning facilitators, school counselors, building
principals or parents, school psychologists participate as members of the
evaluation team providing specific assessment or review of data collected of
students who have ongoing learning or behavioral concerns. In addition,
psychologists may consult with staff and parents to assist with educational
issues of all students.
Five school psychologists are
available for assessment of students, that may include both formal and informal
testing. Additionally, the psychologists are available for consultation with
the referring teacher, school counselor, learning facilitators and/or
principal. After consultation with the psychologist, teachers are provided with
recommendations and suggestions for the classroom. All services provided
by School Psychologists are free of charge to parents with students in the
At the secondary level,
teachers should alert the student's school counselor about concerns related to
classroom performance. The counselor will review the student's records
and consult with the psychologist. If necessary, a referral for an
educational evaluation will be made.
At the elementary level, when a student is suspected of having learning or
behavioral problems, teachers should make a referral to the building Core Team.
This referral can be made by completing the outlined building procedure for
referral submission. If the intervention process has not yielded desired
educational progress, then a referral may be made for a formal educational
evaluation. This is typically the joint decision of the building Core Team.
If a child is suspected of having learning difficulties that require special
education services, referrals to the special education program must follow
- The appropriate learning facilitator, school
psychologist or secondary counselor will prepare the "Permission to
Evaluate Form" and meet with parents to discuss the proposed
evaluation. When asking for this permission, the learning facilitator,
school psychologist or counselor will provide parents with a copy of their
procedural safeguards which outlines their rights as a parent in regard to
the evaluation process and special education in general.
- When meeting with parents, the learning facilitator,
school psychologist or counselor will provide them with a Parent
Evaluation Report form that allows them to have input into the evaluation.
When this is returned, it becomes a part of the evaluation.
- Teachers will complete the Evaluator Summary form
answering all questions in as much detail as possible. At the elementary
and middle school level, this form will be distributed to the teachers
either by the school counselor, learning facilitator or the building
principal. At the high school, teachers will receive an e-mail directly
from the school psychologist.
- If the school psychologist has not issued the
Permission, Parent Input and Evaluator Summary forms, when these forms are
returned to the counselor/facilitator/principal, he/she will forward the
referral to the psychologist, who will then conduct the evaluation.
- After the evaluation has been completed, the school
counselor, school psychologist, or learning facilitator will schedule an
Evaluation Team meeting, which will include, but is not limited to, the
classroom teacher(s), building Core Team members (at the elementary
level), the counselor or learning facilitator, the principal, the
psychologist, any specialists involved (i.e., speech therapist, reading
specialist, etc.), and the parents.
- At the Evaluation Team meeting, the psychologist will
review the testing results and make recommendations as to whether a child
has met the criteria to be identified as having one of the disabilities
outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act,
or IDEIA. The team will decide together if the student is in need of
special education services as a result of any disability that has been
Parents should contact their building learning facilitator, school
psychologist, or counselor if they have questions or would like additional
information regarding the special education evaluation process.
To contact one of our school psychologists,
Student Services – 717-626-3734, x3733
School District School Psychologists:
- Ms. Amy Benjamin
- Mrs. Sharon Conlin
- Ms. Megan Demianovich
- Mrs. Lori Earle
- Ms. Christina Moore