Services for Protected Handicapped Students (Chapter 15)

In compliance with state and federal law, PA Distance Learning Charter School will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student, or family, those related aids, services, or accommodations that 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 that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.

These services for “protected handicapped students” are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled or seeking enrollment in special education programs. Parents may request an evaluation for services under Chapter 15 by contacting the grade-level principal.

For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of service to protected handicapped students, contact your building principal or the Special Education Coordinator, Stephanie Faith at


The documents below can provide you with even more information regarding learning disabilities:
Special Education Services (1 page)
Child Find
Procedural Safeguards Notice
Parents’ Rights
Understanding Due Process Meetings Parent’s Guide