Trina Smith discusses IEP's and how the Clayton County School District is working to ensure that families are well-equipped to handle virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Smith is the Director of the Exceptional Students Department for Clayton County Schools, which support and serves students with disabilities through providing appropriate instructional supports and services for a free, appropriate public education as appropriate for student progress.
From the Department website:
The Department of Exceptional Students is proud of the support available for providing high quality education to meet the individual needs of students ages three through twenty-one who are eligible for special education and related services according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Our Department is committed to our stakeholders, which is demonstrated in our positive partnerships with families which enable students to reach their full academic potential.
A full continuum of services and resources are available to meet the unique need of students with disabilities. Supports range from less restrictive to more restrictive environments, depending on the specific needs of the student. The department also supports schools in ensuring students with disabilities appropriately access the Georgia Performance Standards and provide specialized instruction as determined necessary by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) plan. Additionally, the department assists in the assessment process for determining special education eligibility.
In collaboration with students, schools, families, and the community, the Department of Special Education assists students with disabilities in increasing academic performance and enhancing post-secondary options.
Services provided through the Department of Exceptional Students include (but are not limited to):