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Department of Special Education

Julie Mancini, Supervisor

Supervisor of Pupil Services

Director of Special Education


Special education is specially designed instruction provided by certified teachers utilizing special materials and equipment to help exceptional students learn.  Special education is individually planned (Individual Education Plan - IEP) and designed to meet the unique needs of each exceptional student.

Exceptional Students

Exceptional students are those children and young adults between the ages of three and twenty-one whose exceptionality meets the criteria established by West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2419 and adversely affects their educational performance.  The term includes both disabled and gifted students.  Programs serving exceptional students in West Virginia include:

  • Autism
  • Blindness and Low Vision
  • Deafblindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional / Behavioral Disorder
  • Gifted
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech / Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Exceptional Categories definitions - as provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA)


Related Services

Exceptional students may be eligible for related services to the extent that these services are necessary for them to benefit from their special education services.  These services may include, but are not limited to, speech language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, psychological services and transportation.

All students with disabilities, who are eligible for these services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), are entitled to free, appropriate, public education (FAPE).

Harrison County Schools strive to educate students with disabilities, to the extent possible, with their age-appropriate, non-disabled peers (Least Restrictive Environment - LRE).

Students' and parents' rights are protected under law through a series of procedural safeguards.

Harrison County Schools implements an ongoing child find system to locate, identify, and evaluate students with disabilities residing in the district, between the ages of three and twenty-one, inclusive, regardless of the severity of the disability.  Referral sources may include developmental screening, student assistance teams, student instruction and intervention teams, parents, private / religious schools and/or any interested person or agency.  Procedural safeguards are afforded when the parent, adult student or the district makes a referral for a special education evaluation.  A parent, adult student, the district or any other interested person or agency may initiate a request for an initial evaluation to determine if the student is eligible for special education services.  Each public school has a student assistance team (SAT) that accepts referrals and reviews individual student needs.  The SAT determines a referral for a mutlidisciplinary evaluation is appropriate parental consent must be obtained before the evaluation is conducted.
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