Lanier County Schools offers a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all children, ages 3-21, who reside within the school system boundaries and who are identified as having a disability. We are committed to providing instruction for all students with disabilities to ensure they achieve their optimal potential. To the degree that it is possible, our goal is for all students to be included in the regular education program and to gain the necessary skills to be successful with independent living and employment as they reach adulthood.
If it is suspected that a student may have a disability and evidenced based interventions have been used, an appropriate evaluation is completed by Lanier County Schools. After completing the evaluation, an appropriate placement committee meets to review all pertinent data and determine if the student has a disability based on Georgia Department of Education Rules and Regulations. If the child qualifies for Special Education services, and the parent/guardian consents to services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed.
For further information about Special Education visit the GeorgiaDepartment of Education website.
Special Education Evaluations
Evaluations and Re-Evaluations performed by Lanier County Schools follow the rules and regulations as determined by the Georgia Department of Education (March 31, 2010).
Special Needs Scholarship Program
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Certain conditions may apply. For additional information, visit the SpecialNeeds Scholarship Program on the Georgia Department of Education website.
Child Find Notice
In accordance with IDEA regulations, Lanier County School System seeks to ensure that all disabled students (ages 3-21) in need of special education within its jurisdiction are identified, located, and evaluated, including those attending private or home schools. Final identification of students with disabilities and programming for such students occurs only after an appropriate evaluation and determination by an appropriate Placement Team.
If the “child find” process indicates that a student may require special education and support services to benefit from regular education, the student will be referred to the Placement Team to determine the student’s eligibility for special education services.
If you know of a child with a disability please notify the Special Education Director.
Faletta Acoff, Special Education Director
Phone (229) 482-3966
Fax (229) 482-3020