René Reese, Ed.D.
Director of Pupil Services
The Brandywine Area School District believes in providing opportunities to facilitate the success of each child. The Student Services Department is committed to ensuring that each child leaves school each day feeling successful. We do this by providing individualized supports, a continuum of service delivery options, facilitating academic and social development and maintaining dignity and respect for each student. BHASD is committed to providing a continuum of services that offers students with disabilities the opportunity to access the general curriculum in the district in the least restrictive environment. Services are designed in alignment with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and state law (Chapter 14) to meet the needs of Brandywine Heights students with disabilities. These services are provided at no cost to students who qualify.
Students with disabilities may receive special education and related services in the general education classroom, or direct instruction and services from a special education teacher in a program-specific classroom if deemed appropriate by their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Student Services Department supports the delivery of specially designed instructional strategies and related services as prescribed on an identified student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) with an emphasis on increasing opportunities for students with disabilities to learn and grow with non-disabled peers.
Special education is instruction which is individually prescribed to meet the unique learning strengths and needs of an individual school-aged student with disabilities from kindergarten through graduation from high school. The specially designed instruction and related services focus on academics as well as therapeutic needs to help a child overcome his or her difficulties in varied areas of development. These services may be offered in a variety of educational settings, but are required by the IDEA to be delivered in the least restrictive environment.
A student must be evaluated and identified as having a disability and in need of specially designed instructional strategies by a Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (MDE) to be eligible for special education programs and related services.
A collaborative effort is required between parents, support staff, and regular educators in order to facilitate the independence and success of each student. If you have any questions regarding your child, or special education, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the special education office.