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Student Support Services

Wattsburg Area School District strives to provide a variety of support services to the students in the school district. These services range from on-going teacher interventions within the classroom environments, to pull-out services and programs, and building level teams to provide support. The goal of support services is to provide students the supports, programs, and services that they need to be successful within the school environment. The following is a brief description of the support services that are available within the Wattsburg Area School District.

Building Level Team

There are building level teams at each of our schools. The teams consist of building administrators, representative from special education, guidance counselor, mental health specialist and other members as needed for each student. The goal of the team is to discuss any student who is referred to the team for difficulty in school academically, socially, or behaviorally. The team works to develop interventions that may be effective in supporting the student in the school environment. 

Section 504

Wattsburg Area School District complies with state and federal regulations to provide a free appropriate education to students who qualify for services under Chapter 15 regulations and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The district develops individual plans for eligible students with disabilities to ensure their access to the school and classroom environment, curriculum, and other areas as determined reasonable by the team and the parents.

Special Education

Wattsburg Area School District ensures a Free Appropriate Public Education is available to all students who are eligible for special education services under the Chapter 14 regulations and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Every student with a disability enrolled in the Wattsburg Area School District shall be provided with quality education programs that meet the student’s needs for educational, instructional, transitional, and related services. The district’s special education programs shall be designed to comply with state and federal regulations, aligned with school district goals, and will integrate special education programs within the regular education curriculum and in the educational setting that is the least restrictive environment as possible. 

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to help students who are experiencing academic and/ behavioral difficulties that are barriers to the student’s ability to be successful in the learning environment. SAP provides support in each building for students and their families. Services that students may receive through SAP are; mental health assessments/referrals, individual counseling, group counseling, and/or a referral to drug and alcohol counseling.

Outpatient Clinic

Wattsburg Area School District has partnered with Sarah A. Reed Children's Center to provide outpatient mental health therapy within the schools, during school hours.  We recognize that it may be challenging for parents to schedule mental health therapy appointments in Erie and/or Corry after school hours. As a district we are committed to the overall health and well-being of our students, the partnership with Sarah Reed provides our families with another mental health option that can occur within the normal school day.  The mental health therapist is in the district 4 to 5 days per week, at different buildings, and the therapist works with the schools to find the best time to meet with the students in order to have the least educational disruption in the day. 

If you have any questions or need more information about the services and programs listed above, please contact your school’s guidance counselor or contact the Student Support Services at (814) 824-3400 or via email at [email protected] 

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