Special Education Services

In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and its federal and state regulations, students with disabilities, ages two to 21 inclusive, have the right to a free and appropriate public education. A student with a disability means a child evaluated, in accordance with state regulations, and determined, as a result of this evaluation, to have one of the following disabilities and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services:

  • autism
  • deaf-blindness
  • a developmental delay
  • a hearing impairment including deafness
  • intellectual disability
  • multiple disabilities
  • an orthopedic impairment
  • other health impairment
  • an emotional disturbance
  • a severe disability
  • a specific learning disability
  • a speech or language impairment
  • a traumatic brain injury
  • a visual impairment including blindness

Parent's Guide to Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education

For preschoolers, warning signs that may prompt the need to consider evaluation for special education may include (but are not limited to) markedly delayed language, physical, and/or social abilities. For school aged students, significant difficulties with learning may prompt discussions with teachers about the possible need to refer a student to a Child Study Committee to discuss intervention strategies and/or the need for an evaluation.

VDOE Early Childhood Special Education

Referral to Special Education Services

For more information or to refer a child to the school Child Study Committee, please contact the Principal or Assistant Principal at the student's zoned school or call the Office of Special Education at 898-0308. The Child Study Committee will discuss the reason(s) for the referral and determine, with the parents' involvement, whether or not a student needs an evaluation to consider the need for special education. Parents or community members may also contact the Office of Special Education for general information or questions at 757-898-0308.

VDOE Evaluation and Eligibility for Special Education

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