Special Education Services and Programs
[38 Pa.B.
3575]
[Saturday, June 28, 2008]

§ 14.105. Personnel.

a. Paraprofessionals. 

   1. An instructional paraprofessional is a school employee who works under the direction of a certificated staff member to  
       support and assist in providing instructional programs and services to children with disabilities or eligible young children.
      The support and assistance includes one-on-one or group review of material taught by certificated staff, classroom
      management and implementation of positive behavior support plans. Services may be provided in a special education
      class, regular education class or other instructional setting as provided in the student's IEP. Instructional
      paraprofessionals shall meet one of the following qualifications effective July 1, 2010: 

            i. Have completed at least 2 years of postsecondary study.

            ii. Possess an associate degree or higher.

            iii. Meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated through a State or local assessment.

2. Nothing in subsection (a) should be construed to supersede the terms of a collective bargaining agreement in effect on  
    July 1, 2008.

3. Instructional paraprofessionals, each school year, shall provide evidence of 20 hours of staff development activities 
    related to their assignment.

4. A personal care assistant provides one-to-one support and assistance to a student, including support and assistance in 
    the use of medical equipment (for example, augmentative communication devices; activities of daily living; and monitoring
    health and behavior). A personal care assistant may provide support to more than one student, but not at the same time. 
    Personal care assistants shall provide evidence of 20 hours of staff development activities related to their assignment 
    each school year. The 20 hours of training may include training required by the school-based access program.

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