Special Education

All assurances are implemented to meet the needs of special children. These assurances include Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). We locate, evaluate, and place students with disabilities. The Virginia Department of Education program standards govern identification methods, class size, and delivery of services. The local school board reviews and approves a plan annually. In turn, documentation of services is submitted to the state. The percentage of students with disabilities in West Point is similar to state and national categorical identification percentages. Specific learning disability is the highest percentage. Related services such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are provided as required to assist a child with a disability in benefiting from special education and as outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP). A child may be eligible for special education and related services when evaluated, in accordance with state and federal regulations, and identified as having:

  • Autism

  • Deaf-blindness

  • Developmental Delay

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Emotional Disability

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech and/or Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

Local Special Education Advisory Committee (LSEAC)

The West Point Public Schools' Local Special Education Advisory Committee (LSEAC) meets at 4:00 PM in the West Point Elementary School Library on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

The West Point Local Special Education Advisory Committee (LSEAC) addresses issues important to special education services in the community, is appointed by the School Board, and collaborates between parents, administrators, teachers, and the School Board. Link to VDOE Local Special Education Advisory Committee Information

State Special Education Advisory Committee (SSEAC)

The next SSEAC meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport, 441 International Center Drive, Sandston, Virginia 23150

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 – Executive Committee Meeting, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 18, 2024 – Full Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, July 19, 2024 – Full Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Public Comment: The oral public comment period is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. Written public comment may be submitted before July 18, 2024, 8:00 a.m., by email at Link to VDOE State Special Education Advisory Committee

Parent Resources

Division Special Education Department Leads and Coordinator

West Point Middle/High School - Ms. Jessica Gordon, Special Education and 504 Coordinator, and Special Education Parent and Family Liasion - Email Ms. Jessica Gordon

West Point Middle/High School Transition Planning and Coordination Facilitator - Email Ms. Jane Archer

West Point Elementary School - Ms. Lynette Waddey, Assistant Principal and Special Education Building Administrator - Email Ms. Lynette Waddey

West Point Public Schools Support Specialist, and WPES 504 Coordinator - Dr. Tamara Freeman-Nichols - Email Dr. Tamara Freeman-Nichols

Child Find

West Point Public Schools maintains an active and continuing Child Find Program designed to identify, locate, and evaluate children ages 2-21, inclusive, who are in need of special education and related services. If you suspect your child may be in need of special education services, please get in touch with Ms. Lynette Waddey at 1-804-843-2030 (Grades Pk-5) or Ms. Jessica Gordon at 1-804-843-3630 (Grades 6-12) Any child who is found eligible for special education services is entitled to a free, appropriate, public education, which is designed to meet their individual needs. Special education services and programs are available through your public school division.

Early Childhood Education

West Point Public School division provides school-based preschool services for children from two through five years of age who are children at risk and children with identified disabilities or delays. This intensive early intervention effort focuses on parent involvement and a comprehensive approach to serving young children and their families.
For more information, please contact Ms. Lynette Waddey, Assistant Principal and Building Level Special Education Administrator, at 843-2030 x303


VDOE has an Ombudsman for Special Education who acts as a source of information and referral, aids in answering individuals' questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns and issues.  For more specific information related to your region or division, email Peter Grabowski, the Special Education Parent Ombudsman or by phone at (804) 371-7420

2023-2024 Virginia Department of Education Parent Involvement Survey

Additional Resources and Parent Training Guides