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Department of Special Services Announces Child Find Efforts

July 9, 2019

Department of Columbia County Special Services Announces Child Find Efforts

The Department of Special Services of the Columbia County School District offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years. Children from birth to age three with other 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 are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state laws.

Public school services include screening in areas of suspected disabilities, such as vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, and general development. Evaluations in the schools are provided for several areas of suspected disabilities, including learning disabilities, speech and language development, physical impairment, vision or hearing problems, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, autism, health impairments, or traumatic brain injuries.

A free, appropriate, public education with a full continuum of services is available. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, contact the principal or counselor of your local school or call the Department of Special Services at 706-541-2700. If your concerns are regarding a preschool-age child (3-5 years), please call TaRonsa Williams at 706-541-2723 x5332.

Referrals for private school or home-schooled students, who are not enrolled in the Columbia County School District, but who reside in the county or attend a private school located in Columbia County, are processed through the Department of Assessment and Student Learning and Support Services (706-541-2723 x5315) in cooperation with the Special Services Office (706-541-2723 x5241).

On Friday September 6th, 2019 from 10:00-11:00am, a meeting will be held at the Columbia County Board of Education building in room 350 at 4781 Hereford Farm Rd. Evans, GA 30809  to discuss eligibility criteria and types of services that are available through the Board of Education for children with disabilities who may be attending a home-school or a private school program. Please RSVP by contacting Denise Daniel at 706-541-2723 x5342 or email at denise.daniel@ccboe.net

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