Special Education Department
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RESOURCES FOR EXTENDED CLOSURE
Walker County Special Education Department is committed to supporting our students through the extended school closure for Covid-19. Please visit this site for updates on FREE resources that will support your work with your children in various areas related to special education. Should you have questions about extended learning plans and packets provided by your specific school, please consult with your child’s case manager. If you do not know how to reach our child’s case manager or need further assistance, please reach out to Angie Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESOURCES UPDATED 4/5/2020
Parent Mentor, Michal Jones, is updating her Facebook page with many resources for families.
- OT – Coming soon!
- PT – Coming soon!
Walker County Special Education Services
Currently Walker County Schools serves over 1,500 students with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Blind and Visually Impaired, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind, Intellectually Disabled (mild, moderate, severe, and profound), Orthopedically Impaired, Other Health Impaired, Specific Learning Disabled, Speech Language Impaired, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Significant Developmental Delay. Ages served range from preschool age 3 through high school age of 21.
To ensure quality services, WCS employs staff to serve our students including special education teachers, paraprofessionals, speech/language pathologists, interpreters, an assistive technology specialist, related service personnel serving occupational and physical therapy needs, school psychologists, special education nurses, and educational diagnosticians. To meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, Walker County Schools offers a variety of programs and a continuum of services including consultative, inclusion/co-teaching programs and various separate class programs. In addition, students are served in homebound, special day programs or residential placements when necessary. All students in the special education program have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). The IEP determines the placement that best supports the student in accessing the educational setting. The students work on specific academic, behavioral, and /or functional goals. Walker County Schools currently has special education services available at every school site designed to meet the unique needs of the students in that school or area. Additionally, there are specialized programs for low incidence populations of students to meet their unique needs.
Parent Survey 2020
Every year, districts across the state of Georgia provide parents and guardians of students eligible for special education services the opportunity to participate in a survey related to their overall satisfaction associated with special education process in place at their child’s school. This year’s survey will be open from January 15, 2020 through May 31, 2020. All parents of students with disabilities are encouraged to complete the survey for this school year at your convenience at the link here.
Intent to Shred Student Records
You are hereby notified that the Walker County Department of Education, in accordance with Georgia State guidelines, will destroy all special education records of former students born on January 1 through December 31, 1995. These records are no longer needed for educational purposes. All unclaimed records will be destroyed after April 1, 2020. If you are affected by this and desire records for possible future benefits, please call 706-375-9900.
Walker County Schools is committed to the identification of children in need of special education services. Parents of children age birth to two years who may need additional support should contact Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention program at (706) 937-6670. For children ages 3 – 21 who may need special education services, please call the Special Education Department at (706) 375-9900.
Project SEARCH is a one school year, unpaid job internship training program for students with disabilities age 18 – 22. It is a partnership between Walker County Schools; a host business; Vocational Rehabilitation; Supported Employment Services of Kaleidoscope and Orange Grove Center; and the GDBHDD, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The program is business led and takes place entirely in the workplace. The host business is CHI Memorial Hospital in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA where experiences include a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through three, 10-week worksite job rotations.
There are many success stories from the interns who have graduated from Project SEARCH. One of those interns is featured here! Big Success Story
Click here for more information: PROJECT SEARCH Summary
Parent Mentor Program
The parent mentor program is a parent-driven initiative by the Georgia Department of Education Division for Exceptional Students and Walker County Schools. Walker County’s parent mentor, Mrs. Michal Jones, is a parent of a child with a disability and purpose of her position is to provide education and support to families with the long term objective of giving all children a better chance to reach their potential.
The mission of a parent mentor is to develop trust, support, encouragement, and understanding between parents and educators to build effective home-school collaboration and provide our children the opportunity to reach their potential. Michal joined the Parent Mentor Partnership for Walker County in August 2006 and, regarding her role, said, “As a parent in the Walker County School System and the parent of a son with ASD, I can completely understand that navigating the Special Education System can be confusing and overwhelming.”
Michal’s role as a parent mentor is simply to help promote partnerships between parents and educators. Please contact Mrs. Michal Jones at email@example.com, or call 706-375-9900 ext 1852. You may also visit the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership homepage at http://www.parentmentors.org/.
Working together as a team, WE CAN improve the lives of our children.