Exceptional Student Education
Our staff is committed to our Pinellas County Core Values of Commitment to Children, Families and the Community, Respectful and Caring Relationships, Cultural Competence, Integrity, Responsibility and Connectedness. As we go through this year, we are working to communicate what is happening in our schools and at the district level so that you are informed. There will be opportunities this year to attend forums that will provide you with information that is relevant and timely. These forums will be advertised on our website and communicated through other outlets. Our goal is to provide information that encourages a partnership between schools and families that is child focused and leads towards positive outcomes.
Lynne Mowatt, M.Ed
Executive Director, Exceptional Student Education
Pinellas County Schools
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 13,500 students with disabilities and 10,000 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.
Have Questions?Please submit the Contact Request Form
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.