Special Education

A comprehensive Special Education Plan, which is part of Hempfield School District’s strategic plan, is due to the Pennsylvania Department of Education on a three-year cycle.  Our Special Education Plan is due on May 1, 2014, and a new component to the submission process is that each district must have their plan available for public review for 28 days prior to School Board approval.  To review the proposed Special Education Plan for Hempfield School District, access the link below.  If you have any questions or comments, upon review email:  denise_galen@hempfieldsd.org.

Special Education Plan 3-11-14(PDF)

Thank you,
Denise Galen
Director of Special Education
Hempfield School District



Hempfield School District provides a continuum of services for students determined to be eligible for special education without discrimination or cost to the student or family.  These student-specific related aids, services or accommodations are needed to provide equal opportunity for the student to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities.  Students are educated in the Least Restrictive Environment to meet their unique needs.

A child eligible to receive special education services is a student who has been evaluated by the school district's multidisciplinary team and has been determined to have one or more of the following disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment Including Deafness
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness

All information gathered about a student is subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in federal and state law. The District has policies and procedures in effect governing the collection, maintenance, destruction and disclosure of this information to third parties. For information about these policies and procedures, as well as rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, parents should contact the building principal in writing.

Child Find Notice

In compliance with state and federal law, notice is given by Hempfield School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as part of its school program.  The purpose of these activities is to identify those students who may be in need of special education and related services.  All information gathered about a child is subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in federal and state law.  Hempfield School District has policies and procedures that govern the collection, maintenance, destruction, and disclosure to third parties of this information.

For further information about these policies and procedures, please contact the Special Education department at 898-5563.