In response to the district’s decision to close schools in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Special Education Department has taken measures to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to continue to engage in instruction and receive special education and related services to the greatest extent possible. Your child’s case manager will be contacting you in the near future to set up times for services via online or phone. The information below provides a list of the resources and supports that the district has made available for students with disabilities during this school closure.
Depending on your child’s grade level there will be assignments posted in Google Classroom or continuing learning materials have been made available. Please check for these materials or notifications regarding access to all materials that were sent home on Friday, March 13, 2020. Case Managers will be available to provide assistance with the work provided.
Special education small group teachers have also developed Google Classrooms or have provided Continuing Learning materials.
Special education co-teachers will collaborate in the maintenance and support of the Google Classroom sites for collaborative and co-taught courses.
Students who have assistive technology support via Chrome extensions will continue to have access to these support at home.
Teachers will answer parents’ and students’ questions about assignments via email and postings within the Google Classroom.
Instructional resources will be provided for students who have speech/language services indicated on their IEP. Additional contact will be made directly by therapists to provide guided support and potentially guided therapy sessions depending on the amount of time we are out of school. Please be watching for any calls or connections from the district to support this endeavor.
The Special Education Department is committed to its support of students with disabilities and their families. Please contact your child’s case manager or content teacher for information about instructional activities.
The district will remain in contact with District 4 Public Health, Georgia Department of Education and other local and state authorities and continue to follow the guidance of the Governor’s Office and the CDC. Parents and guardians are encouraged to 1) update their emergency contact information in the parent portal of Infinite Campus; 2) visit our district website www.spalding.k12.ga.us for more information and resources and; 3) follow all GSCS social media channels for updates:
What is Child Find?
The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, birth to age 21, who are suspected of, or have a disability or developmental delay. Griffin-Spalding County Schools serves children ages 3 through 21 with identified special education needs.
How can children be referred?
A referral may be made by anyone who has a concern about a child's development. All referrals are considered confidential. The parent retains the right to refuse services.
Vision Statement: The vision of the Griffin-Spalding County Special Education Department is to be an agent of change, transforming our students into future-ready learners and contributing members of society.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Griffin-Spalding County Special Education Department is to prepare each student for successful transitions by providing quality individualized services and supports.
The Department of Exceptional Students supports and serves students with disabilities through providing appropriate instructional supports and services for a free, appropriate public education as appropriate for student progress. The department’s goal is to provide high quality specially designed instruction to meet the needs of students ages three through twenty-one who are eligible for special education and related services according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
In Griffin-Spalding County Schools, a full continuum of services and resources are available to meet the unique need of students with disabilities. Supports range from less restrictive to more restrictive environments, depending on the specific needs of the student. The department also supports schools in ensuring students with disabilities appropriately access the general education curriculum through Special Education services and supports.
Services provided through the Department of Exceptional Students include (but are not limited to):
Develop, review, and implement the Individualized Education Program (IEP) plans
Provide a continuum of service supports to assist students in the general education curriculum in a variety of ways
Lead and Facilitate Professional Development related to needs of teachers and students
Accommodate and Modify Instruction according to IEP needs
Present educational information to students through Specially Designed Instructional support services
Facilitate parent outreach and educate and support families
Offer specialized preschool Special Education Services through a continuum of support
Review and provide specialized supports for speech, occupational and physical therapy and many other specialized service areas
Provide and maintain adaptive equipment as needed
Utilize, provide, and train students, teachers, and parents on a variety of appropriate Assistive Technology resources