**As we move towards school opening, we are planning to continue virtual meetings to promote social distancing and other safety protocols. The district has been able to create an email user group and our plan is to begin sending out updates as new information pertaining to school reopening and special education becomes available. That information will be available by clicking the title link above or the same link, in the below left box.
If you have a suggested topic that you feel would be relevant to group, please use the 'contact us' button below to send an email to the department mailbox.
Welcome to the Department of Special Education
We are honored to work with you and your children. At Derry Township, it is our mission to cultivate an extraordinary learning environment that expands the minds and nurtures success for every member of the school community. Our staff takes an immense amount of pride in the special education services we provide. You may have questions regarding special education and supports your child is eligible to receive. Our team looks forward to guiding you through this process.
Special Education is planned instruction specifically designed to address the educational and related developmental needs of children with disabilities. A plan is designed through a team approach, in which an IEP is developed to enable the student to make progress by addressing their individual needs. This includes Early Intervention Services for pre-school-age students starting at three, as well as services for school-age children in grades K-12.
Meet Our Special Education TeamSpecial Education Teachers: Providing instruction and support to your child in both academic and behavioral instruction
Related Services: Providing support with functional skills (speech, occupational therapy, etc...) that directly impact your child's educationEducational and Behavioral Consultants: Provide knowledge of behavioral and academic supports to staff to enhance academic, social, and behavioral instructionPsychologists: Provide services that assist with the identification of students with disabilities and collaborate with staff to provide support academically, emotionally, and socially for studentsParaprofessionals: An instructional paraprofessional is a school employee who works under the direction of a certificated staff member to provide support and assistance with instructional programs and services.
Derry Township Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
The Derry Township Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent run organization that seeks to positively impact the education of all students within DTSD with an emphasis on those student needing or receiving Special Education services. Please check out their website or send them an email to learn more or become involved.
**Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm at Shopes United Methodist Church,
2737 Waltonville Rd, Hummelstown
Upcoming Parent Session
Do you want to have a better understanding of the parts of the IEP document? Our goal is to provide information to answer such questions as: "What does each section include?", "How is the information gathered?" and "How does this impact my child's day?". Share your specific questions with other paretns at SEPAC on November 2, with us via the EVpoll option or bring them with you!
This session on Noveber 14th from 7:00-8:00 PM will be held at the District Office at 30 E Granada Ave. Hope to see you there!
Parent Training Series
Derry Township School District believes effective collaboration among home, community, and school is essential. With this belief as a guiding principal, the Parent Training Series was formed to provide an overview of district and community resources in an interactive format. For additional opportunities to promote collaborative educational opportunities, and to advise and facilitate communication regarding district programs and policies, parents are directed to look to the buildings and district level opportunities.Past and Upcoming opportunities (click to download flyer and/or materials).
Meet Our Director
Kirsten Scheurich has been the Director of Special Education since December 2013. Mrs. Scheurich earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University. Following graduation, Mrs. Scheurich attended Millersville University where she received a Master’s degree in Special Education and Special Education Supervisory Certification.
Mrs. Scheurich began her teaching career in the School District of Lancaster working in both middle and elementary schools as a teacher and a special education consultant. She was the Supervisor of Special Education and Coordinator of Alternative Education at Pequea Valley School District prior to working at Derry Township School District.