PROGRAM FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
Attention Home School Parents/Guardians, Head Masters, or Program Directors in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA 2004), each local school system must conduct "Child Find" in an effort to identify children who may need special education services.
On behalf of the Colquitt County School System, please join us as we meet and endeavor to identify students in need of special education and related services who are either enrolled in private elementary or secondary schools, or who are home schooled. At this meeting, we will discuss Colquitt County's plan to provide required services through the Program for Exceptional Children as needed for the 2020-2021 school year.
The meeting will be held at the Colquitt County Program for Exceptional Children (PEC) building located at 710 Lane Street, Moultrie, GA 31768 at 2:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020.
The Colquitt County School System’s Program for Exceptional Children includes services and supports that sustain the district’s schools in their efforts to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities. These services focus on enhancing student achievement and post-secondary outcomes through the implementation of system activities for students, families, educators, administrators, and other stakeholders. Targeted areas for services and supports include accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, curriculum access and alignment, dropout prevention, family engagement, least restrictive environment, positive behavior supports, and transition. Additional services include ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations for special education, collecting and analyzing data on educational services and outcomes, providing guidance and oversight of the budgets for local, state and federal special education funds, and coordinating dispute resolution requirements as required by state and federal regulations.
Special Education services are an integral part of the educational system of the Colquitt County School System (CCSS). We believe that all students are capable of benefiting from, and have a right to, an educational program that is suitable to their needs. Special Education shares with regular education the basic responsibility of the public educational systems is to ensure that every student has the right to a free, appropriate education.
All students in the Colquitt County School System will be actively engaged in the pursuit of excellence resulting in significantly improved measures of local, national and world class standards.
The mission of the Colquitt County Program for Exceptional Children is to ensure that all students with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services specifically designed to meet their unique needs and to prepare them for employment and independent living.
- To assist school-based personnel with the implementation and delivery of instruction.
- To assure the effective and proficient operation of the Colquitt County Program for Exceptional Children.
- To establish and maintain effective authorized ways of identifying exceptional children.
- To assess the special needs of children to determine what kinds of special programs and services should be provided for them.
- To base decisions on current data and replicate research information.
- To plan, organize, and implement an appropriate variety of interventions and/or program alternatives for exceptional children.
- To assemble and organize the resources needed to conduct a comprehensive and rigorous program of special education.
- To use direction, coordination and consultation as required to guide the efforts of all those who engage in the special education enterprise.
- To conduct, evaluate, and research activities and projects to reflect new emphases and to incorporate new knowledge and constantly improve special instruction and the quality of special services.
- To involve community representatives in planning programs to encourage their understanding and support of the Program for Exceptional Children.
- To partner with parents, students and school personnel to meet state requirements for academics and attendance; and to meet state provisions for drop-out, graduation and post-secondary transition rates.
- To conduct programs for staff development, such as in-service or continuing education programs.