The Department of Exceptional Student Services of Long County Public Schools offers special-education services to eligible students. ages 3 through 21, and to children from birth through 21 who have hearing or visual impairments.
Children from birth to age 3 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 is 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, mental retardation, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive development disorders, 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 local-school principal or counselor or call the Department of Exceptional Student Services at 545-2919.