Exceptional Student Education

  • Mark Your Calendar for the ESE Career, College & Life Fair on Dec. 7

    The ESE Career, College & Life Fair helps students with disabilities and their families prepare for the future

    The free event is for students in grades 6-12, and students in Pinellas County Schools Extended Transition programs. The fair provides information about career training, employment opportunities, financial aid, college, community resources, supported living and more.

    For middle school students, the event will help families get ready for high school, explore careers and navigate community resources. For high school students, the fair will help families explore career and educational opportunities and prepare for life after high school. For Extended Transition students, the fair will help family and youth explore opportunities and prepare for life after Extended Transition. The fair will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7,2022, at Pinellas Technical College Clearwater Campus, Building 10, 6100 154th Ave. N, Clearwater.

    See the ESE Fair flyer (pdf)

     

    PCS celebrates Disability History and Awareness Weeks in October

     

    Section 1003.4205, Florida Statutes, requires school districts to designate the first two weeks of October as Disability History and Awareness Weeks.  Pinellas County Schools pledged its commitment to honoring Disability Rights and Awareness:

    ESE Mission

    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.

    ESE Records

    Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Records can be requested  by contacting your child's current or last school of attendance. 

    If you have questions about requesting copies of ESE records, contact Central Files.

    Email: centralfiles@pcsb.org
    Phone: 727-793-2701

    We are here to help.  Please complete a contact request form if you would like additional assistance.  

    Please submit the Contact Request Form
     

    Contact Us:

    PCS- ESE Department
    301 4th Street SW
    Largo, Florida 33770
    Main Office Number: (727)588-6032
    ESE Parent Services: (727)588-6062

Disability and History Awareness Weeks


  • ESE Updates: 

    Pinellas County Schools provides AIM as a component of the provision of 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 Disabilities
    Parents 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) 893-2851 Option 1. 

    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 homeschool are served by the Gifted Program. For questions regarding the Gifted Program, contact Coral Marsh, Supervisor.  Contact information, marshco@pcsb.org or (727) 588-6046.

    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) 793-2721  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.