Exceptional Student Services
Based at the Whitfield County Student Services Center, the Department for Exceptional Student Services includes Children’s Assessment and Preschool Services (CAPS), school psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, assistive technology, professionally qualified teachers serving all exceptionalities, paraprofessionals, special needs transportation staff, due process facilitator/diagnostician, behavior specialist, records clerk, parent mentor, and Coordinators for Exceptional Students.
All students with disabilities, ages three through 22, residing in Whitfield County, are offered a free and appropriate public education designed to meet their unique educational needs. While the entire continuum of services outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is available to students with disabilities in Whitfield County, services are delivered in the general education setting to the maximum possible extent. This requires general and special education teachers to work closely together, using effective coteaching models. In many cases, it also requires the instructional support of our paraprofessional staff members.
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) with goals to address areas of weakness are developed for each eligible child and require the participation of the entire IEP team in order to help students make progress and ultimately be prepared for graduation, employment, post-secondary education, and independent living.
New for 2018-19! High-Leverage Practices in Special Education!