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Special Education

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. Identification methods, class size, and delivery of services are governed by the Virginia Department of Education program standards. 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 both state and national percentages of categorical identification. 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 to benefit 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
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The West Point Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meets on the following dates:

October 12, 2021

December 7, 2021

February 15, 2022

April 12, 2022

The West Point Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) 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.

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 Administrator, Special Education Building Level Coordinator at 843-2030 x303

Division Special Education Department Leads and Coordinator

West Point Middle/High School - Ms. Jennifer Gay, Department Lead jgay@wpschools.net

West Point Elementary School - Ms. Lynette Waddey, Department Lead lwaddey@wpschools.net

WPPS Division Special Education Coordinator - Stacy Roach sroach@wpschools.net

Annual Resources for Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities (Revised 10/2021)

3 months ago

State Agencies

  • The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) is located in Staunton, Virginia, and provides a Kindergarten (K)-12 educational day program, outreach services, and residential services exclusively for Virginia students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind. The VSDB Outreach Services assist early intervention programs, local school divisions, and families in meeting the needs of children with sensory disabilities across the Commonwealth. The VSDB’s admissions policy is available on its website.  

·         Contact: Pat Trice, Superintendent at (540) 332-9000

 

·         Contact: Caren Phipps, Director of Services for Children and Youth at (804) 625-3972

 

·         Contact: Eric Raff, Director at (800) 552-7917 V/TTY

Technical Assistance Centers

  • The Accessible Instructional Materials Center-Virginia (AIM-VA) developed an extensive library and alternative system for providing accessible educational media under standards set by federal law to students who meet the federal requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing educational media through an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The AIM-VA, in conjunction with partnering agencies, provides required accessible educational materials to students and training for school division staff, at no cost to Local Educational Agencies.

·         Contact: AIM-VA Help Desk at (866) 926-1879

 

§  The Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for People with Disabilities (CFI) at Virginia Commonwealth University provides information and training to support children with disabilities, their families, and professionals.

·         Contact: CFI Office at (877) 567-1122 or TTY relay; (800) 828-1120

 

  • The Technical Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TAC-DHH) provides information, training, and technical assistance pertaining to children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Assistance is available to Virginia public school divisions, including early childhood special education and early intervention programs, through the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals (VNOC) Working with Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

·         Contact: Tracey Yurechko, Project Director at (804) 828-1342

 

§  The Virginia Hearing Aid Loan Bank (HALB) provides hearing aids and FM systems for children in Virginia under age 18 whose hearing loss is confirmed by an audiologist.  Devices are loaned at no cost for up to six months while families/school divisions are waiting for a permanent device to arrive.

·         Contact: Lisa Powley, Coordinator at (866) 596-9367

 

provides technical assistance, training, distance education, and networking information to service providers and families of children with deaf-blindness/dual sensory disabilities.

·         Contact: Ira Padhye, Project Director at (804) 828-2052