Special Education is a federally funded program that ensures and provides appropriate educational opportunities and related services to all students and youths residing within the Bullock County School District whose academic achievement require additional supports and services related to their emotional, physical, communicative or intellectual ability or a combination thereof.
Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) sets forth requirements for States and local educational agencies (school districts) in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21. Part B emphasizes the importance of including parents in decisions regarding the education of their children. Before a school district proposes or refuses to take action regarding the educational program of a child with a disability, the district must provide a “prior written notice” to the parents. The district must also, at specified times, provide parents with a copy of “procedural safeguards” which explains their rights under Part B of the IDEIA. Further, parents and school personnel must work together to develop an individualized education program (IEP) for each child which sets forth the services that the child will receive to meet his or her unique needs.
In the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2007 (the 2004 reauthorization of the IDEA), the Congress required the U.S. Department of Education to publish and widely disseminate “model forms,” that are “consistent with the requirements of Part B of the IDEIA and “sufficient to meet those requirements.” Specifically, the reauthorization required the Department to develop forms for the: (1) IEP; (2) notice of procedural safeguards; and (3) prior written notice.
The Special Education Department promotes opportunities for disabled students to participate in educational activities designed to help each student achieve maximum potential. A full range of services, meeting the needs of all identified and placed disabled students (Pre-K – 12), is offered in schools throughout the Bullock County School System. Disabilities recognized by the State of Alabama include Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Impairment.