SASD Special Education Department

Welcome to the Special Education Department!

At Shippensburg Area School District, we are honored to work with you and your children. Our staff demonstrates an immense amount of pride in the special education services that 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. Parents are critical members of the IEP process.

At Shippensburg Area School District, the Special Education Office oversees Chapter 14 programs (IEP’s), Chapter 15 programs (504 plans), and Chapter 16 (GIEP’s).  In addition, the department facilitates district Social Work Services, district Board Certified Behavioral Analyst consultation, as well as supports and services for students who are homeless or in foster care.    If you have any questions pertaining to the topics above, please do not hesitate to contact our department. We will be happy to assist you, as it is our goal to partner with families. 

(fax)  717-530-2847

Office Hours:
8:00am - 3:30pm

Mrs. Lauren Zima-Engro, ext. 1041

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Assistant Supervisor
Mrs. Bethany Bridges, ext. 1043
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Mrs. Ginger Massey, ext. 1042
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Student Services Secretary
Mrs. Kristen Greene, ext. 1044



Early Intervention of Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Children

The Pennsylvania Department of Welfare is responsible for providing early intervention services to children ages birth – 2 years old.  Contact CONNECT 1-800-692-7288 for more information.

For children ages 3-5, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing Early Intervention Services.  If there is a concern with a child’s communication, ability to learn, behavior, vision, hearing or another area of development, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) offers screenings.  Contact them for available screening appointments at 717-732-8400 ext. 8619.