• Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records


    August 30, 2016

    Attention Parents/Guardians, Former Students, Eligible (Adult) Students:

    Special Education records which have been collected by the Tamaqua Area School District (TASD) related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of six years after Special Education services have ended for the student.  Special education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program at age
    Specific to special education records – Records for active students will be maintained either in hard copy or electronic copy for a period of 6 years. Records for the current school year and two years prior will be stored in the special education office. Additionally, no more than three years worth of prior records will be maintained in storage, either hard copy or electronically. (Though a student may receive services within the district for more than six years, only the most recent six years’ records will be maintained.)  Electronic copies may not contain signatures.  Subsequent to graduation, records will be maintained for a period of six years either in hard copy or electronic copy.

    After seven (6) years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc.  The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address:

    138 West Broad Street                                                                                                                                                      
    Tamaqua, PA 18252