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Special Education

KDE OSEEL Letter to Parents of Students with IEPs during COVID-19


Exceptional Child Education programs are designed to meet the needs of the student whose approach to learning is different from that of his/her peers. Jackson County Schools is committed to providing a high-quality education for the student with disabilities. A variety of programs, techniques, methods, and materials are available and utilized for individualized instruction.  The curriculum is based on content and performance standards that have been established for all students. Each student's Individual Education Program (IEP) outlines the specially designed instruction needed. Specially designed instruction for students with disabilities is made available to students ages 3-21. All children and youth with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. This instruction is at no cost to parents. Specially designed instruction in the Jackson County School System promotes a partnership between parents and educators to provide an appropriate, individualized program for all children with a disability.


Individual Education Program (IEP) goals for the student with disabilities are directed toward addressing academic as well as social/emotional needs. Transition needs are also considered and addressed through the IEP goals (e.g., change in academic program, progressing from one level to another, career development skills).


 Services are provided for students in these categorical areas:

  1. Autism (AUT)
  2. Hearing Impaired (HI)
  3. Deaf/Blind (D\B)
  4. Developmental Delay (DD)
  5. Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD)
  6. Functional Mental Disability (FMD)
  7. Mild Mental Disability (MMD)
  8. Multiple Disability (MD)
  9. Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  10. Orthopedically Impaired (OI)
  11. Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  12. Speech or Language Impairment (S/L)
  13. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  14. Visual Impairment (VI)


The Jackson County School System has an ongoing CHILD FIND campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to find any child or youth who resides in a home, facility, or residence in the Jackson County School District and may have a disability and need special education. The District is looking for those children and youth, ages 3-21, who are not in school or those who are in school but not receiving the special education they need to have an appropriate public education.


If a student is having difficulty in one or more areas, appropriate research-based interventions must be tried and progress monitored and documented for a period of time in order to determine success or the need for a referral for a special education evaluation. Permission for this testing must be given by parents or guardians. Students may be tested in cognitive, academic, speech/language, adaptive, and/or other areas, as planned by an Admissions and Release Committee. Meetings will be scheduled and parents will be invited to discuss each aspect of the process. If a child has been determined to have a disability, data must show that the disability is having an adverse impact on learning before he/she can be placed in the special education program.


If you are a parent who has questions about the special education program, please contact your child’s school to discuss the issues. If you have concerns about your child’s academic progress, please contact the classroom teacher to discuss solutions


If you know of a child or youth who lives in the District who may have a disability and is not receiving needed services, bring, telephone, or send information to: Director of Special Education PO Box 217  McKee, KY  40447


Links of Interest:


KDE Special Education Services Transition One Stop
SESC Educational Cooperative