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ABINGTON STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ASAP)

Alcohol and drug abuse, as well as the stress of living in a chemically dependent family environment, represent a serious and prevalent threat to some of our youth. The school setting is an appropriate environment for providing help. Abington School District recognizes its responsibility to provide intervention programs for the promotion of increased awareness of problems and resources related to alcohol and drug abuse. On the secondary level we offer a program to assist at-risk students in coping with personal problems related to alcohol and substance abuse. The school district operates student assistance programs at the junior and senior high schools. Obtain assistance from the ASAP team by contacting the administration, guidance, or health suite offices. Services to elementary students are available upon request through the school's principal.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

Abington School District offers “English as a Second Language” (ESL) to children whose dominate language is not English.  The purpose of this program is to facilitate student achievement in the academic standards as well as English proficiency.

HEALTH SERVICES

All children have a yearly health conference with a school nurse. Any health problems discovered by the school will be reported to parents/guardians in writing or through a home visit.

2012-2013 IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS:

• 4 doses of tetanus*  (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
• 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
• 3 doses of polio
• 2 doses of measles**
• 2 doses of mumps**
• 1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
• 3 doses of hepatitis B
• 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease

*Usually given as DTP or DtaP or DT or Td
**Usually given as MMR
 

REQUIREMENTS  for children ENTERING 7th grade

1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, accellular pertussis (Tdap) (if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization)
• 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

These immunizations need to be given over time, so please plan with your physician to have them completed by the start of the school year.

For more information, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH or check
Montgomery County Health Department Immunization Information

Student Health Forms

HOME AND SCHOOL VISITORS

Home and school visitors trained in school social work help maintain lines of communication between home and school. These specialists work with parents/guardians, staff, and community agencies. At times the economic and social conditions affecting a family can influence a child's school progress and attendance. In such cases, the home and school visitors are able to help parents/guardians establish contact with social agencies and to explore ways to improve the situation or reduce its impact on the student. Parents/guardians in such situations are encouraged to contact one of the home and school visitors or the school attendance officer at 215-884-4700, ext. 2178, 2551 or 2554. 

Homeless Children


LIBRARY/MEDIA SERVICES

Abington's libraries are modern, contain extensive collections, and are managed by professional librarians who provide library skills instruction. They also help students and faculty with book selection for reports and leisure reading, with research for term papers, and with finding facts and other information. Librarians provide assistance and instruction in the use of computer, multimedia, online and microfilm materials. The elementary libraries are open from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.; the junior high library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.; and the high school library is open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


MEDICATION PROCEDURES


The administration of medication to a student during school hours in accordance with the direction of a parent/guardian and family physician will be permitted only when (1) failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student and/or (2) the student would not be able to attend school if the medication were not made available during regular school hours. Before any medication may be administered to a student during school hours, the school nurse must receive (1) a written request from the parent/guardian giving permission for the administration of the specific medication, (2) a written order from the prescribing physician including the name of medication, dosage, the time at which or the special circumstances under which the medication shall be administered, the length of the period for which medication is prescribed and the possible side effects of the medication, and (3) the medication in a properly labeled container. The written request from the parent/guardian and the order from the physician shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse. It is the responsibility of the parent or a responsible adult to bring the medication to school. With these prerequisites satisfied, all medications will be administered by the nurse.

PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

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Abington School District provides for students with disabilities in a variety of ways. Seven types of special education programs are provided: Speech and Language Support, Vision Support, Hearing Support, Learning Support, Autistic Support, Emotional Support, and Life Skills Support as well as related services when indicated on the student's Individualized Education Plan. Any parent/guardian who believes his/her student is in need of such services should contact the elementary principal or secondary school counselor.

RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION AND INTERVENTION (RtII)/COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT SCREENING PROCESS (CSSP)/PRE-REFERRAL PROGRAM (PREP)

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) is a multi-step school improvement approach to provide early academic and behavioral sup­ports to struggling students.   In Pennsylvania, RtII is a three-tier (or three-level) prevention, early identification, and intervening strategy provided in general education classrooms, and refers to a process that emphasizes how well students respond to changes in instruction. The learning of ALL students is assessed early and often. RtII uses standards aligned (what students must know and be able to do) and research-based (what has been proven to work) interventions that are both based on research and aligned to state standards at increasing levels of intensity to support students who struggle with reading and math and to help them reach state standards. CSSP and PREP are available in the district to provide academic and socio-emotional support to students on the elementary (RtII and CSSP) and secondary (PREP) levels. The goal is to implement intervention strategies in the areas of academic, behavioral and coping skills to help students meet success in regular education. Services both within the classroom, learning centers, access courses, tutoring, and other forms of aid are offered. The team will conduct a review of data, perform diagnostic assessments, make referrals, and monitor the services. Parents/guardians who believe that their children may be in need of support should contact the appropriate elementary school principal or secondary school counselor.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND COUNSELING SERVICES


Elementary school psychologists operate a preventive and developmental program aimed at helping each child realize his/her full potential. Psychologists visit classrooms and consult with teachers and parents/guardians to identify potential problems. The child's total well-being-- physical, social, emotional, mental, and environmental-- is considered when assessing the child's adjustment to the school experience. The school psychologist with the multidisciplinary team members evaluates children experiencing school difficulties and recommends services and programs designed to meet specific needs. Conferences organized by the psychologist with parents/ guardians, school personnel, and community resources are a common tool for exchanging ideas and suggestions.

The secondary school counselors personalize the educational experience by showing young people how to set realistic goals and make plans based on an evaluation of all alternatives including their individual interests. Although the major effort of the staff is to advise students, counselors make themselves available to teachers, parents/guardians, and school administrators for coordinating and consulting on issues relating to school-based concerns.

SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR GIFTED STUDENTS

Students who are determined to be mentally gifted by the Gifted Multidisciplinary Team are provided with a program of specially designed instruction to meet the outstanding intellectual and creative abilities of the student. Gifted instructional services for eligible students are delineated on a Gifted Individualized Education Plan and address areas of demonstrated gifted achievement.

Section 504/ADA/Annual Notice to Parents/Guardians

In compliance with state and federal law, the Abington School District will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services, or accommodations, which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's abilities. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.

These services and protection for "protected handicapped students" are distinct from those applicable to all-eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.

For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students, contact Ms. Judy Bomze, Section 504 Coordinator, Abington School District, 970 Highland Avenue, Abington, PA  19001.  Ms. Bomze's telephone number is 215-881-2505.