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
Dianne Rusnak – Middle and High Schools
(FGMS, JYMS, JFKMS, KFMS, TWS, LHS, KFHS, NRHS)
LaToya Floyd – Elementary Schools
(BTWES,CES,DES, EFES,HES, KSES,MBJES, NPES, NSES,OES, PES)
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
Words matter! Don’t use hurtful words to describe people with disabilities. Promise to put the person first, not the disability.
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 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 is a summary of published articles from the school psychologists on a variity of subjects related to special education.
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.