Exceptional Student Education
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Due to the mandatory closure of schools, all students, including students with disabilities, will be participating in distance learning. Students with identified disabilities will continue to receive special education services and accommodations in order to effectively access and participate in the curriculum being presented during this period of school closures. General education instructors and related service providers will continue to provide accommodations and services to students with 504 plans. Teachers of the Gifted will continue to monitor and provide instruction to ensure the Educational Plan (EP) goals are being addressed. ESE teachers, therapists and behavioral support personnel for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be reaching out to families to develop a temporary Distance Learning Plan which will outline what can be appropriately and feasibly be provided to benefit and support the learning of each individual student in light of the school closures and all circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 situation including the student’s educational needs in a distance learning environment. This way of work is temporary. All student educational plans that were in effect before school closures will remain in effect and implemented upon return to the school site unless the IEP, EP or 504 teams meet during the closure of schools to review and revise goals and services.
Any and all required meetings to update student educational plans will be held remotely and revisions will be based on student progress documentation from the first three nine week periods of the school year and the progress monitoring data gained over the distance learning period. Open evaluations that are complete, will be reviewed with teams including parents through video or phone conferencing. These procedures will be carried out to the extent practical.
Our ESE staff assigned to school sites will be working with teachers, therapists, administrators to ensure our students with disabilities and who are gifted are supported during this time of school closure and distance learning.
It is the mission of the Exceptional Student Education Department to ensure that schools provide opportunities and programs that encourage students to develop academic and social skills commensurate with their abilities. The commitment of the ESE Department is to assist all school personnel in the appropriate identification, placement, and programming for exceptional students. It is recognized that parent training, community awareness, and services to families are essential to student success. This website is designed to give you an overview of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department of the Leon County School District in Tallahassee, Florida, and the many services available to students that qualify for ESE programs. If you are new to Leon County, information is included that will facilitate your child's entrance into our district and, if applicable, into an appropriate exceptional program. A brief description of each exceptional program and its eligibility requirements are provided as well as other valuable information regarding your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP).
The Exceptional Student Education Department is committed to giving exceptional students the means of achieving their annual goals as specified on each student's Individual Education Plan while educating them in the least restrictive environment.
If you have any questions please contact the counselor at your child's school, the ESE Program Specialist assigned to your child's school (listed in ESE District Staff to the left), or the Exceptional Student Education office at 850-487-7158.
Telephone: (850) 487-7160Fax: (850) 487-7823Address: 3955 W. Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304Cathy Shields, Director IICompliance and OperationsDistrictwide Programs487-7160Brooke Brunner, Director IIEarly Childhood ProgramsK-12 ESE Curriculum922-2099Melissa Barton, CoordinatorCompliance487-7160Jenny Duggar, CoordinatorDistrictwide Programs561-8944Jenni Jenkins, CoordinatorBehavior Sevices487-7160