Three Choices - One LCS

Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Options

  • Families of students with disabilities have enrollment options. Most students can choose between an in-person full-time option or two stay-at-home full-time options. For more information about these options, visit

    Students on Florida Standards Access Points or students enrolled in Gretchen Everhart School or Heritage Trails Community School, based on IEP team decision, will participate full-time at their 2020-2021 enrolled school either in the face to face option or through their assigned school’s Digital Academy. Visit for more information about the School Based Digital Academy.

    Registration for Digital Academy ends on July 13 through FOCUS.

    All related services such as speech, language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, adaptive PE, behavioral support, and counseling will be delivered via enrollment option chosen for academic instruction (either face to face or stay-at-home). Accommodations will be provided according to student’s individual needs.  

    For information on course information specific to ESE students, click this link: ESE Digital Academy Courses.

    *ESE specific courses are proposed and recommended through an IEP meeting and are based on student performance data review and individual student needs.  

    Precautions will taken to minimize the spread of the virus. Mitigation steps will be made individually, considering the needs of the student and the structure of the space. Solutions include:

    • Use of face coverings or face shields among students and staff
    • Social distancing and physical barriers of workstations
    • Hygiene procedures

    We recognize that some of our students may not be able to tolerate wearing a mask. We also recognize that some of our students may have a difficult time adjusting to new routines due to altered instructional practices and classroom routines/settings related to COVID safety practices. The IEP team will work with students and families to assist in desensitizing students in their wearing masks and adjusting to their new routines.

    Students will not be denied ESE services if they cannot tolerate wearing a mask due to their disability or medical condition.  

    In order to assist your child in getting ready to wear a mask and in understanding changes in routine due to COVID-19, click this link for tips and resources:

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Individual Education Planning (IEP) and Section 504 Meetings

    • Leon County Schools is committed to providing exceptional student education and Section 504 services and accommodations regardless of which learning option is chosen.

    • As students meeting dates approach, parents will be contacted by campus staff and invited to participate in IEP or 504 meetings remotely through video conferencing or by telephone. In addition, parents or educators can request an IEP or 504 meeting at any time.

    • Students will receive instruction in alignment with their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or their 504 Accommodation Plan. For more information on Exceptional Student Education Options visit:


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Last Modified on August 30, 2020