Special Services includes Special Education, Section 504 and Homebound Instruction


                            SPECIAL EDUCATION: MISSION, CORE BELIEFS and VISION                                                                                                                          for                                                                                                                                                                          STUDENTS WITH  DISABILITIES

Our Mission: We exist to meet the needs of students with special needs. We serve identified students ages 2-21 and those who support them by offering a continuum of services to help students reach their full potential.

Our Core Beliefs:  We believe all students can learn and education is a team effort.

King George County Schools Office of Special Services Vision Statement:

Our vision is for all students with disabilities to reach their highest potential of achievement, graduate high school, and become contributing members of our community.  Students are equipped to become self-advocates, understanding their rights and their abilities, thus allowing them to make choices and decisions to improve their quality of life.  Students are included in classrooms with non-disabled peers, receiving rigorous instruction from highly qualified teachers who make data-driven instructional decisions matching the needs of their students.

Educators will embrace an inclusive culture to close the achievement gap.  Special educators strive for excellence by learning, modeling and collaborating on best curriculum, instructional and procedural practices to ensure student success and procedural compliance.  All special education staff employs well-developed systems for implementing services and monitoring performance. 

Parents are informed about special education procedures and resources and are actively involved in the education of his or her child.  Positive partnerships exist among parents, staff and community organizations to support services for students with disabilities. 

Homebound Instruction is designed to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom and home or health care facility, for students whose medical needs, both physical and psychiatric, do not allow school attendance for a limited period of time. Eligibility for homebound instructional services should be a collaborative decision between the treating health care provider, parent/guardian, and school personnel. Prior to requesting homebound services, the parent/guardian should explore options for school-based instruction with school personnel. For more information and forms please visit the Homebound page.

Section 504 students rights and procedures are different from students identified with disabilities under IDEA. For more information please visit our Section 504 page. 



REQUIRED NOTICES:

CHILD FIND
King George County Public Schools participates in an ongoing process of locating, evaluating and identifying youth ages 2 through 21 inclusive who are disabled and may be in need of special education services under IDEA or provisions under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes wards of the state and those who attend a home-school or private school which are located within the geographic boundaries of King George County. If your child is currently in a public school in King George County, contact your child's teacher or counselor if you have concerns about their learning or development. If you home instruct your child please contact the school your child would attend if enrolled in public school. For more information please visit the Child Find page.

Notice for Destruction of Special Education and Discipline Records
The Library of Virginia Retention and Disposition General Schedule No. 21, which is mandated by the Code of Virginia, as part of the Virginia Public Records Act Virginia Code § 42.1-76 as amended requires that all special education and discipline records be retained for a period of five years (5) after a student has graduated and/or withdrawn from King George County Public Schools and then permanently destroyed. These records will no longer be available and will be destroyed as required by The Library of Virginia Retention and Disposition General Schedule No. 21. Parents or eligible students who wish to retain copies of discipline records, IEPs, Section 504 plans, and related assessments for determining eligibility under IDEA are encouraged to keep the copy(s) provided by the school each year and/or at the time of screening and/or discipline infraction.

Required Notice of Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired:
The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 was amended and requires school boards to annually post information on school division Web sites and to inform the parents of students who are identified as hearing or visually impaired of its availability as follows:“The Department of Education shall annually prepare and distribute to local school boards packets of information describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Local school boards shall annually post this information on the school division's website and inform the parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired of its availability. School boards shall ensure that packets of such information are available in an accessible format for review by parents who do not have Internet access.” Below is a compilation of the required guidance documents and resources that are available at the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE’s) Web site: Special Education-Sensory Disabilities.