In accordance with IDEA regulations, the Griffin-Spalding School System seeks to ensure that all disabled students (ages 3-21) who are in need of special education within its jurisdiction are identified, located, and evaluated, including those attending private school and home school.
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.
Final identification of students with disabilities and programming for such students occurs only after an appropriate evaluation and a determination by a placement team. Once it is determined a student is in need of special education services, they may receive these services through the end of the semester in which they turn 22 years of age.
If the "child find" process indicates that a student may require special education and supportive services in order to benefit from regular education, the student shall be referred to the Placement Team to determine the student's eligibility for special education services.
If you know a child with a disability that is not being served, please notify:
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