ESE Parent Services

  • 2021-2022

    Happy New School Year  Families, Students, Staff, and Community Members!

    The mission of Pinellas County Schools Office of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) is to provide services that support individualized learning opportunities for all students with exceptionalities.

    Note to the Exceptional Student Education (ESE)  webpage visitors:  In the event you are requiring additional assistance in accessessing the information contained on this informational/resource site, please contact the Pinellas County Schools ESE Parent Services contact person, Tracy McMannus by email at or by phone at (727) 588-6062.

    Be involved by creating an ongoing line of communication with your student’s educational providers. Each ESE student is assigned a classroom teacher and case manager. Your child’s classroom teacher can give you the name of your child’s case manager if needed. The case manager can provide information regarding your child’s IEP, services providers, and progress, as well as assist the IEP team in monitoring student progress. Unresolved concerns can be addressed at an IEP meeting coordinated through the school-based case manager. Ongoing concerns can be brought to the attention of the school-based administrator, ESE liaison, ESE Specialist, or the assigned area superintendent.

    Be informed and participate in the Pinellas County Schools ESE Advisory Committee Meetings- Information coming soon.

    In an effort to provide valuable assistance, the Office of Exceptional Student Education has created an electronic list serve with information regarding federal, state, district and community programs that support families of students with disabilities.

    If you would like to receive information via email:
    ESE Resource Information Request

    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides federal funding for the education of children with disabilities and requires, for the receipt of these funds, the provision of a free appropriate education (FAPE). The statue also contains detailed due process provisions to ensure the provision of FAPE. As a parent, you are entitled to information about your rights under IDEA. This information is critical to ensuring that you have the opportunity to be a partner in the educational decisions made regarding your child.

    Procedural Safeguards for Students with Disabilities

    Individual Education Plan

    The IEP is a written plan of action that helps children with disabilities succeed in school. For some tips on how you can be prepared to participate in the development of your child’s IEP, Getting Ready for Your Child's IEP Meeting.


    In Florida, students with disabilities have the right to classroom Accommodations and school districts are required by law to provide needed accommodations. Many students with disabilities need only small changes in the way they are instructed and tested in order to be able to participate and be successful in regular classes.

    Diploma Options

    It is important to plan for the type of diploma your child will earn. It is appropriate to start thinking about graduation options when your child begins elementary school, as elementary school lays the foundation for future years. The diploma option selection occurs in the 8th grade (if not sooner). Florida Graduation Requirements

    Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS): Community Events and Resources

    "Fridays with FDLRS" a Parent Webinar Series*** 2021-2022 FDLRS Parent Webinar Series 
    Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
    The Florida Inclusion Network provides learning opportunities, consultation, information and support to educators, families and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.


    Here are definitions of some of the terms you may hear when discussing your child's education. Be sure to ask your child's exceptional education teacher to clarify any term you don't understand.  Florida Department of Education: Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services = Acronyms and Abbreviations.

    Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)

    The Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities has been devoted to facilitating the creation of a comprehensive "system of care" for high-risk students and students with emotional/behavioral disabilities and their families.

    Transition Services

    Planning the transition from school to adult life is necessary for each person to meet his personal goals. For students with disabilities, these choices may be more complex than for others.


ESE Information and Publications

District Events and Trainings

Dispute Resolution Resources

Community Events and Resources