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KING GEORGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFER

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

 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.

For children who are 0 - 2 years of age, call 540-371-2712 and ask for the Parent Education Infant Development Program (PEID). Free developmental screenings are provided to preschool children ages 2 - 5. Contact the Coordinator of Preschool and Mandated Services at 540-775-5833 or e-mail ppaluszak@kgcs.k12.va.us for more information.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AFTER MY CHILD HAS AN INITIAL SCREENING?

This will depend on how your child does on the screening.
If your child did well and appears to be developing appropriately there is not a need to recommend any additional testing. If concerns and delays are noted, you will be asked to attend another meeting to discuss these delays and the concerns. This meeting is referred to as a Child Study Team meeting. The parent is a part of this team and provides valuable information in order to determine these decisions. The Child Study Team will review the information and the concerns you have about your child. One of two actions will occur after the initial Child Study meeting:
● The team may decide to provide you with suggestions and activities to assist you in enhancing your child's skills. Should you continue to have concerns in the following months, you can contact our office and we can meet again as a Child Study Team to review current progress and concerns. – OR -
● The Child Study Team may recommend that more specific testing needs to be completed to determine if the child has a disability and is in need of special education.

If your child is currently in a public school in King George County, contact your child's school if you have concerns about your child's learning or development. If your child is home schooled please contact the Office of Special Services at 540-775-5833.

Click Child Study to get more information, and/or to make a referral for your child if he or she is in Kindergarten or above.

Students with disabilities (ages two to twenty-one inclusive), including wards of the state and those who attend a home-school or private school which are located within the geographic boundaries of the King George County, have a statutory right under federal law (P.L. 108-446, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (IDEA ’04) ) to a free appropriate public education. The King George County Public School division provides special education programs and services to eligible students with disabilities which adversely affect their educational performance. These conditions include:

 AUTISM: a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction.  Other characteristics are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

 DEAFNESS:  a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification that adversely affects the child’s educational performance.

 DEAF-BLINDNESS: concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational problems that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for deaf or blind children.

DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY: a significant delay in one or more of the following areas of development for a child below age 8: 1) Cognitive ability, 2) Motor skills, 3) Social/adaptive behavior, 4) Perceptual skills, 5) Communication skills.

EMOTIONAL DISABILITY: significant disturbance in affective functioning such as impaired interpersonal relationships, depressed mood or unusual fears, which are apparent over a long period of time and to a marked degree and which adversely affect educational performance.

HEARING IMPAIRMENT:  an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness.

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY: significantly sub average general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period.

MULTIPLE DISABILITIES: concomitant impairments, the combination of which causes such severe educational problems that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments.

ORTHOPEDIC IMPAIRMENT: a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

OTHER HEALTH IMPAIRMENT: means having limited strength, vitality or alertness due to health problems that adversely affect a child’s educational performance.

SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY: a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken, or written, which may manifest in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or to do mathematical calculations.

SPEECH OR LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT: a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, which adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: educational impairment resulting from on external insult to the brain.  These impairments may be cognitive, physical, and/or social/behavioral. 

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT: an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.

The early warning signs of such disabilities might include difficulty sitting, standing, walking, talking, seeing, or hearing.  The child may have seizures or severe health problems.  The child may be overly active or inactive.  He or she may seem not to learn or to be very slow in learning.  If a special child gets help early, the child has a better chance to develop and to do his or her best.

If you know of a child between the ages of birth through 21 years who may have a disability for which special education programs and services may be necessary, you may make a referral by calling 540-775-5833. Referrals may be made by a parent, another Virginia school division, VDOE or any other state agency.

The King George County Public School division does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability or national origin in its employment or educational programs and activities.  The Supervisor of Guidance and Social Work Services (540-775-5833)  is designated as coordinator for nondiscrimination in employment, personnel matters and  for nondiscrimination in access to and implementation of educational programs under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA ’04).  Your questions and comments are welcome at any time regarding programs and services for children with disabilities.

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