Park City High

Course Catalog: Services

Special Education Services

The Special Education Department offers individualized instruction, methods, learning strategies and specific educational/vocational plans according to each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). In attempting to cooperatively meet a student's goals in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), placement may include general education classes with completion of all aspects of the core curriculum, general education classes with a consulting special education teacher, inclusive classes with necessary student accommodations, inclusive classes with modifications that alter core curriculum objectives for appropriate individual IEP goals and objectives, one or more resource classes, a self-contained learning environment with goals that stress daily living, functional academics, personal/social, pre-occupational vocational and leisure skills community access and/or employment/internships experience is also available if the IEP team deems it appropriate. Grading in any of these various placements may include letter grades, pass/fail notations and/or transcript codings. See your case manager for specific courses not listed in the catalog.

A referral for Special Education services involves team interventions, parental involvement, staff input, formal and informal assessments and information/sharing meetings. This process may take several weeks. If special education testing, classification and/or placement is warranted, a meeting to develop and write an individual education program is held. This meeting involves the student, parents, teachers and other support services personnel.

See the PCSD Special Education page for more information about education for students with special needs.

English Language Learner (ELL) Services

ELL services are for students that need assistance in learning to speak, read, listen to and write English during the school day. If a language other than English is spoken in the home (as reported on the PHLOTE form at the time of school enrollment), the student's English language proficiency will be assessed.

The assessment will test the student's oral, reading and writing skills in English. The student will be placed in the language proficiency program that will best meet his/her needs based on the results of the assessment. ELL program services include instruction and support in oral language skills, listening skills, reading skills, writing skills and will be taught in an ELL classroom or (depending on how well they are learning English) will be supported in the general education classrooms.

Once the student has reached a level of competent or fluent in speaking, reading and writing, they will then be placed on "monitored" status. This means that they should be able to be successful in their regular classrooms without receiving additional instruction in the ELL program. The ELL teachers will monitor their performance in their classes for 2 years while they are on "monitored" status. If the student is successful during the two years of monitoring, they will then be exited from the ELL program.

If the student is not performing well in school, other types of support may be necessary. Possible options might include making modifications in the general education classroom, after-school programs to help with tutoring and/or homework, summer school, or special education for students who qualify for services because of a disability that impacts their ability to learn.

Parents have the right to decline ELL services for their child. Direct ELL program questions to the school ELL teacher, or Kathleen Einhorn, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning (435-645-5600).

Alternative Education Services

The Park City School District Alternative Education Program is an individualized instructional program for students who need additional support. We are committed to helping each student develop self-discipline, personal values and social responsibility. This program is housed at the Park City Learning Center, 2400 Kearns Blvd. The telephone number for the Learning Center is 435-645-5626 and the fax number is 435-645-5627.

Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Alternative Education Referral Committee. See your counselor for more information.

Section 504 Services

Parent Notice Regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Programs for Students with Disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who...

Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, sleeping, standing, lifting, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, helping, eating, bending, or operation of a bodily function. (This is not an exhaustive list of major life activities which means even if an activity or function is not listed it can nonetheless be a major life activity.)

The school district has the responsibility to provide accommodations and services to eligible individuals with disabilities. The district acknowledges its responsibility under Section 504 to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability shall knowingly be permitted in any program or practice in the school.

If you have questions, please see the PCSD Section 504 page and/or contact your school's 504 coordinator (Phyllis Suggett at PCHS or Tracy Sjostrom at PCLC), or the PCSD Special Education and Section 504 Director, Jennifer Slade, at 435-645-5600.

Nondiscrimination Policy Grievance Procedure

The policy of all schools in the PCSD is to provide equal opportunity to all of the educational and employment services, programs and activities in compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 as amended; and all other related regulations, guidelines and standards lawfully adopted under the statutes or by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights and Department of Education.

Accordingly, all Park City High School sponsored programs and activities will be open to all students or candidates for admission without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or mental status.

Confidentiality of Records Policy

The policy of Park City High School concerning confidentiality of student academic records is a reasonable balance between the obligation of the institution for the instruction and welfare of the student and its responsibility to society. Park City High School will make every effort to maintain student academic records in confidence by keeping information from individuals who are not authorized to receive it or who might use it for illegitimate purposes. The policy also reflects the efforts of Park City High School to comply with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.

Upon presentation of appropriate identification and under circumstances which preclude alteration or mutilation of records, a student, or their custodial parent or legal guardian, will be able to inspect all records relating to him or her that are not considered by Park City High School to be private records of Park City High School personnel. A student, or their custodial parent or legal guardian, is entitled to an explanation of any recorded data and may initiate action leading to a hearing if necessary to collect or expunge information he or she considers inaccurate or misleading.

Staff and administrative officers who have a legitimate need to use student records will be allowed access to such records, as needed, without prior permission from the student or parent/legal guardian.