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Department of Special Education/Section 504

Cherokee County School District offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years. Children from birth to age three with disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services. All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and is provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.  CCSD's Department of Special Education and Section 504 welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with parents to address concerns.  If you have concerns regarding your child's 504 or IEP, please start by contacting your child's school.  If you have contacted your child's school and continue to have concerns, please contact: Department of Special Education at 770.704.4315

 

RESOURCES 

Identification of a Parent - Under IDEA and Section 504

Information for Parents Regarding Special Education

Parent University

Information Agency Fair 2021

Records Requests

Child Find

Preschool Special Needs Program

Making Sure Your Preschooler Starts on a Path Towards Graduation

Making Sure Your Elementary School Child Starts On A Path Towards High School Graduation

Making Sure Your Middle School Child Starts On A Path Towards High School Graduation
Making Sure Your High School Student Starts On A Path Towards High School Graduation
Transition to Life After High School 
Eligibility
Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
Related Services
Assistive Technology

Dispute Resolution

          - CADRE: The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (cadreworks.org)

Section 504

 

HELPFUL EXTERNAL LINKS

For Special Education information in Georgia:

Georgia Department of Education Special Education Manual: Implementation Manual

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

Support, information services and training, and leadership opportunities for families who have children and youth with disabilities:
Parent to Parent Georgia

Education news from around the country:
US Department of Education

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS):
US Department of Education OSERS

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
Council for Exceptional Children

Georgia Association of School Psychologists:
GASP

Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education:

GCASE

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

  • Governor Brian P. Kemp has issued a press release regarding Applications for Families of Children with Special Needs Reimbursement. You may access the link of the application, which is located in the body of the press release, by Clicking Here. For additional information, you may watch a brief training video: Click Here.  

 

  • Services for Eligible Private/Home School Students:

    Under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is required to use a proportionate share of federal funds for the education of eligible students who are home schooled or attend private schools within Cherokee County. After consulting with private/home school officials and parents in November 2020, CCSD elected to use the funds to provide training. 

    CCSD received additional federal funds for this school year via the American Rescue Plan (ARP) that will allow CCSD to provide additional services that were requested at the November 2020 consultation meeting. Based on the feedback received, the CCSD will provide the following limited services on a case-by-case basis during the 2021-22 school year:

  • Parent University – trainings for parents and private school teachers/administrators regarding select topics related to students with disabilities. Please check this website periodically for updates on the scheduling of these trainings.
  • Reading Interventions - subscriptions to online self-paced reading interventions to support reading growth and development in these areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, grammar for meaning, fluency, and strategies for reading and understanding text.
  • Speech-Language Interventions - virtual services to students with a speech-language impaired eligibility.
  • Occupational Therapy Services - virtual services to students with identified fine motor deficits.
  • Direct services will be considered for students based on documented needs.  Please note that the funds set aside for these services are limited and the services may be discontinued mid-year if/when the funds have been expended.

    Also, please note that the annual consultation meeting will be held on October 21st to address participation for the 2022-2023 School Year. This webpage will be updated with information about registering for the virtual consultation meeting.

    If you are interested in learning about the services your child could receive, or if you would like more information about Parent University, please complete this survey and you will be contacted as soon as information is available.

  • Initial Consultation Meeting Information
    Consultation for services occurs in the school year prior to the start of services. Federal laws and regulations also outline topics that LEAs are required to review and explain in consultation. You are invited to meet with LEA officials to discuss equitable services under ESEA and IDEA for the next school year. The equitable services initial consultation meeting will occur virtually on Tuesday, October 21st. The meeting time is at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. Please use the following link to access the meeting.

    Click here to join the meeting

    Or call in (audio only)

    +1 470-582-0200,,228227643# United States, Atlanta

    Phone Conference ID: 228 227 643#

  • Positive Behavior Support (Parent Training)

  • Parent to Parent of Georgia in partnership with Center for Leadership in Disability is hosting a series of virtual training sessions for parents/caregivers on Positive Behavior Supports. The sessions will include understanding the purpose/function of behavior and practical tips and suggestions on managing and preventing challenging behavior.
  • Flyer: Click Here

 

Guidance for School Reopening, 2020-21 - SURVIVING SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES