2016-2017 PARENT SURVEY -Each school year the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the "Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities." Your participation in this survey will help VDOE collect additional information to identify training needs related to the special education processes.  The VDOE will use the results of this survey to improve parental involvement in the special education process and improve outcomes for all students within the Commonwealth.  It is important to note that your responses are recorded anonymously and cannot be personally linked to your child. Parents who have more than one child receiving special education services should submit one survey for each child receiving services. 

When completing this survey you will answer questions designed to cause you to reflect upon your experiences during the 2016-2017 school year. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Gloria Dalton, VDOE parent ombudsman, via telephone, at (804) 371-7420, or via e-mail, at Gloria.Dalton@doe.virginia.gov.

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. 


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.