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Special Needs


Learning Support Services (LSS) incorporates a variety of specialists that includes coaches, special educators, speech and language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, and vision/hearing teachers. 

For more information, call the Learning Support department during office hours at 770-860-4231.

Requests for Special Education Records

Please email your release to jperez@rockdale.k12.ga.us or fax request to 770-483-2727


Public Notice:

Destruction of Records for Students with Disabilities

 

Rockdale County Public Schools, Department of Learning Support, announces its intention to destroy records that were developed to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in Rockdale County Public Schools for Students with Disabilities.  This notice is in compliance with the federal, state, and local policy.  Records will be destroyed on Monday, July 12, 2021 based on the following criteria:

 

Students who are born prior to January 1, 1998.

 

These records will be destroyed as they are no longer needed for educational planning purposes.  The parent, legal guardian, or student (18 years old or older) may request records prior to destruction by contacting the Learning Support records office at 770-860-4231.  You will be required to provide photo identification or provide verification data to acquire these records.




Special Needs Scholarship (SB10)

The application window for the 21-22 SY has closed.

Parents/guardians of a student who receives special education services may choose to transfer their child to another public or private school in Georgia. For information concerning the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website.

* Your child's teacher will be sending home a letter and application with your student.
* We will begin accepting applications on Monday, May 10, 2021.
* Deadline for application submission is Monday, June 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm.
* Parents will receive notification, by letter, of the district's decision regarding your request for the 2020-2021 school year by Friday, July 16, 2021.




Georgia Parent Mentor Program

Parents of children with disabilities are often faced with very complex issues. The special education maze can be confusing and finding the help and support you need for your child can be overwhelming. In August 2003, the position of Parent Mentor for Special Education was implemented in our school system. This position is a parent-driven initiative by the Department of Education to assist Georgia local school systems in employing a parent of a child with a disability to advise, educate, and support school system families on a daily basis. 

If you would like to talk to another parent who understands your concerns and knows how to build effective working relationships with your child's teachers, the parent mentor project may be able to help you. The Georgia Parent Mentor Program is a free service available to all Georgia parents.

For more information, contact Sirena Graves, Learning Support Special Needs Parent Mentor, at 770-918-6187, or email her at sgraves1@rockdale.k12.ga.us .


Helpful Links

RCPS Special Education Parent Mentor information page
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership
Resources for Students with Disabilities After High School
Parent to Parent of GA
Community Resources Guide PDF
Community Resources Guide Word Document
GA DOE Special Education
Parent's Rights Videos from GADOE
GA DOE Transition from High School



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