Dear Parents of our Students with Disabilities,
As you know, we are embarking on a school year like no other, and I know that you have many questions and concerns regarding your children. Let me start by saying that I took this position for one reason and one reason only….to help kids with disabilities. Anyone who knows me knows that each of these students have a very special place in my heart and they are the reason I get up every morning and come to work. I love them each like they are my own and I share your worries and concerns.
While I do not have specific information at this point, I will assure you of one thing, your student will receive the services that they require to be successful in school as well as in everyday life, if the Etowah County Department of Special Education has anything to say about it.
I am currently working on a very general plan of action for our department, but we will not have a one plan fits all students. Each student is unique and has strengths and needs specific to them. Therefore, we will be looking at each student on an individual basis with the help of the IEP or 504 team to come up with the best plan for each one. Whether you make the choice to send your student to traditional school or choose the virtual option, we will have a plan in place to ensure that your child receives everything that he/she needs. This manner in which educational services will be provided will be based on what is best for each individual student.
I do ask that you be patient in the coming weeks while we make some decisions. Your individual schools will be getting in touch with you to schedule IEP and 504 meetings. If you have any questions or concerns for me, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Learning Center at (256) 442-1050.
Allison Stevens Director of Special Education and 504 Etowah County Schools