The Etowah County School System is dedicated to embracing federal meaningful educational services to all students who reside in its school system. When a child is helped and a family is guided, many lives are enriched. Students between the ages of three and twenty one are cherished individuals who deserve the opportunity to have progressive programming based on individualized evaluations which will lead to a student making progress through a free, appropriate public education.
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
FAPE must be available to all disabled children residing in the State of Alabama/confines of the Etowah County School School System between the ages of 3 and 21, including children with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled from school.
The Etowah County School System will ensure that FAPE is available to any individual child with a disability who needs special education and related services, even though the child has not failed or been retained in a course or grade, and is advancing from grade to grade.
The determination that a child is eligible under the law must be made on an individual basis by the IEP Team which is responsible for making eligibility determinations.
The Etowah County School System directly serves gifted studentes at The Gifted Center located at the Career Technical Center for students in grades 3-6. Indirect services are provided in the individual schools for grades K-2 and grades 7-12.
Effective Dates for IEPs
For preschool children, an IEP must be in effect no later than the child’s third birthday unless otherwise specified by the IEP Team. For all other children, this system will have an IEP in effect for each child with a disability within its jurisdiction at the beginning of each school year. A meeting to develop an IEP must be conducted within 30 calendar days of the initial determination that the child qualifies for special education and related services. The IEP must be in effect before special education and related services are provided to a student as well as written permission from the parent to provide the services. Parents receive prior notice before an IEP Meeting occurs.
To Contact the Special Education Department:
The Learning Center
209A Grand Ave., West
Rainbow City, AL 35906
256-442-1050 Main Office 256-442-1077 (fax)
256-538-6264 The Gifted Center (located at the Career Technical School)