Exceptional Student Education
Be in the Know! ESE Events, Resources and Information:
Come explore opportunities for future success. Open to students with disabilities in 6th-12th grade, including Extended Transition students. Please join us on May 7, 2022 from 10:00AM-12:00PM at ST. Petersburg College- Clearwater Campus.
Attend the virtual ESE Advisory Forum, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 6 -7:30 p.m. via Zoom. No registration is required. The Exceptional Student Education department will share information with ESE families and give all stakeholders opportunities to share input. The virtual event will feature ESE information, resources and updates and a question and answer session with ESE Executive Director Lynne Mowatt. If you have questions, please contact Tracy McMannus in ESE Parent Services at (727) 588-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the ESE Advisory Zoom Meeting on May 11, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m. Connect at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/9982632210
See the flyer: ESE Advisory May 11, 2022 (pdf)
The Annual Youth Summit is a place for young people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 30 from the communities across the state of Florida to come together to learn, share, and network. The Florida Youth Council (FYC) is all about youth empowerment and youth involvement. The event will be held August 5-6 in Orlando. For more information go to https://floridayouthcouncil.org/summit/.
Exceptional Student Education Parent Services
For Exceptional Student Education (ESE) District,Community, State, and Federal information and resources for students/persons with disabilities, visit PCS ESE Parent Services.
Annual ESE Parent Survey is underway!
Each year, the Florida Department of Education surveys parents of students with an IEP who receive special education services to determine how well schools are supporting their involvement in their children’s education. The survey is confidential, but Pinellas County Schools receives overall results and improves ESE services based on parent feedback. Parents can take the ESE Parent Survey at www.esesurvey.com. The survey closes on June 30. If you have questions, contact Tracy McMannus at 727-588-6062 or MCMANNUST@pcsb.org.
Make a Difference at Your Child's School!
PCS-ESE Parent Services Department is seeking parents of students with disabilities to become Parent Connectors. Bring ESE Awareness, Resources and Innovation to your school community. To request information, please complete the Parent Connector Request.
For additional information and resources, visit the PCS ESE Parent Services webpage.The mission of the Pinellas County Schools Exceptional Student Education is to provide quality services that support effective learning opportunities for all exceptional children. Pinellas County Schools serve approximately 13,800 students with disabilities and 9,400 students who are gifted.
Students ages 3-21 who meet eligibility requirements receive special education services, which include, but are not limited to, educational, vocational and behavioral support. Services meet the needs of eligible students while allowing access to general education instruction with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate for each student.
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Pinellas County Schools provides AIM as a component of the provision of a free and appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). For more information regarding AIM, Learning Ally, Bookshare and NIMAC, please click on the following link: AIM memo
Parent Registration Process for Students with DisabilitiesParents of students with an IEP who are new to Pinellas County Schools should contact the Pinellas County Schools ESE Student Transfer Team at the Largo Administration Building, (727)-588-5128. Staff will verify IEP information to provide comparable services. Once verified, a school reservation will be confirmed. Parents will provide required documentation to the school.
The PreK Exceptional Student Education Program offers a variety of program models and options for children ages three through five who have been identified with developmental delay. In addition, children identified as visually impaired and deaf or hard of hearing receive services from birth through age three. For registration contact the ESE PreK office at (727) 588-6000 X 2184.
Hospital/Homebound instruction is provided for students who are medically unable to attend school for an extended period of time. To determine appropriate program services, parents are encouraged to contact the Homebound office at (727) 669-1221.
Gifted students enrolled in public, private or home school are served by the Gifted Program. For questions regarding the Gifted Program, contact Coral Marsh, Supervisor.
The Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is a network of state and federally-funded centers throughout Florida. Support services are provided to exceptional student educators, children, parents, and community agencies. To contact Child Find, call (727) 793-2731. For parent services, technology, or Human Resource Development, call (727) 793-2723.
For more information, go to the FDLRS website at gulfcoast.fdlrs.org
ESE Support Professionals are highly valued members of the school team. They play a vital role in ensuring that students with disabilities are provided access to and make progress in the general education curriculum.
Special Olympics Florida provides sports training and Olympic-style competition to more than 15,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state. Pinellas County is an accredited local program through Special Olympics Florida.Special Observances
October 15th is Dyslexia Awareness Day. Light it Red for Dyslexia date was selected to represent the 1 in 5 people considered to be on the dyslexia continuum. Red was chosen to symbolize the dreaded RED pen often used to correct work. Students with dyslexia usually see red pen in a negative context on their school work. By reclaiming red in a positive light, it is hoped to empower people with dyslexia.
White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
Students with disabilities who have left Pinellas County Schools and need to obtain copies of their records may contact Central Files at (727) 793-2701.