Special Education

Disability History and Awareness Month

A group of young people with disabilities initiated a resolution that October  be recognized as Disability History and Awareness Month. in 2009 the General Assembly passed this resolution.  These courageous  young people were with Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Youth Leadership Forum.  There are many activities that are going on in our schools this month to celebrate this event.  “Differing the community for a better understanding, and it begins with us, here, at Suffolk Public Schools.”

Disability History and Awareness Event – Nov 15th at KFMS from 4:00-5:30. Come out and join us.  Disability Awareness event 2017

Special Education Administration

Director of Special Education, Diane S. Glover, M.Ed.

100 North Main Street | 4th Floor | Suffolk, VA 23434

(757) 925-6764 (phone) | (757) 925-5625 (fax)


Supervisors of Instruction for Special Education

Julie Masters – All Self Contained Classes


All Schools

Dianne Rusnak – Middle and High Schools



LaToya Floyd – Elementary Schools





“Each One – Reach One”

The special education department of Suffolk Public Schools believes that every student has a right to free and appropriate education. In keeping with that philosophy, a full range of services has been developed in Special Education serving children with disabilities, age 2 to 21 years of age.

Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee is appointed by the School Board to advise the Board through the division Superintendent. The members of SEAC include parents of students with disabilities, persons with disabilities, and community agencies that assist students with disabilities.

Parent Resource Center

The special education process can be confusing. Suffolk Public Schools provides a Parent Resource Center to help, which sponsors workshops and offers video and printed resources.

Sign Language Classes will continue to be offered in 2016-2017 on Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb.8, Mar.8, Apr. 19, May 10 and June 14, beginning at 5:45 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.


PRC  Presents Tracey Lee from VDOE to present on Parent Engagement

Parent Engagement Flyer


Opportunities for Fun

Inclusive Cooking

Monday Fun Day

Sensory Movie

Spring Break Camp

Resources for Students with Disabilites

Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired

The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 was amended and requires school boards to annually post information on school division Web sites and to inform the parents of students who are identified as hearing or visually impaired of its availability as follows:

“The Department of Education shall annually prepare and distribute to local school boards packets of information describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Local school boards shall annually post this information on the school division’s website and inform the parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired of its availability. School boards shall ensure that packets of such information are available in an accessible format for review by parents who do not have Internet access.”

Vision and Hearing Resources

Guide for college students with visual impairments

Disability Awareness Outreach & People First Language

Words matter! Don’t use hurtful words to describe people with disabilities. Promise to put the person first, not the disability.


Disability History and Awareness Event – Nov. 15th from 4:00-5:30 at KFMS.  Come out and join us in this celebration.  Disability Awareness event 2017

Early Childhood Resource Center

The Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRC) are the newest service to assist preschool students in Suffolk.  These centers offer free screenings for developmental delays in vision, hearing, speech, language, motor skills, cognitive skills, and social interactions for children ages birth through four.

SECEP (Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs)

SECEP functions as a regional public school serving the Hampton Roads Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. SECEP is present in more than 85 schools, working in more than 210 classrooms in the Hampton Roads area. It serves more than 1,500 special education and alternative education students.

Hot Topics – Info for Parents, Staff & Community

Hot Topics is a summary of published articles from the school psychologists on a variity of subjects related to special education.

Transition Services

Suffolk Public School works hard to ensure that students with special needs are prepared for a productive and independent life after high school. This process involved extensive planning and coordination starting very early in the student’s career and education transition plan.