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A letter from the Director 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 As we enter the second phase of our Learn from Home period, we want to thank you for your partnership in your child’s education. These are very unique and challenging times for us all, and good communication and understanding is vital to finish the school year strong. Although the health and safety guidelines put forth by our governor prohibit any face to face contact, we want to demonstrate every reasonable effort to assist you and your child as much as we are able. 

This Distance Learning Plan (DLP) outlines our plan to partner with you to address your child’s unique learning needs. As always, your child’s special education case manager is your primary support person at school and he or she has discussed this plan with you already. This DLP is not an IEP, nor does it change anything in the IEP. It provides a clear framework for how we propose working with you and your child during the next few weeks. As always, your input is vital and much appreciated! 

If you need access or training to technology or other necessary materials, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s case manager immediately. We are here to help! I pray that you and your family remain safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you again at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. 

Very Sincerely,

Teri Pettyjohn

Director of Special Services

Columbia County School District 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide relevant specialized instructional services for students with disabilities and to provide them with an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.  We affirm our commitment to building a community of partners dedicated to making Columbia County schools a place where all students with disabilities are successful in achieving their goals and becoming responsible, caring, and productive citizens.

Dr. Teri Pettyjohn
Special Services Director

IDEA Parent Survey opens January 15, 2020 and closes May 31, 2020.  This helps the state determine parents' perception of the success of parent engagement between the local school and themselves.