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Special Services

Dr. Dana Vickers, Director
(912) 384-2086

Mission Statement: To improve achievement and prepare students with disabilities for graduation and transition into society.

The Coffee County School System follows the requirements of federal and state laws when educating students with disabilities.  Currently, over 100 teachers and support personnel serve the needs of students having a speech impairment, intellectual disabilities (mild, moderate, severe and profound); learning disabilities; emotional and behavioral disorders; visual impairment; deaf/hard of hearing; deaf/blind; autism; traumatic brain injury; orthopedic handicaps; other health impairments; or significant developmental delays.

Preschool special education is available to children ages 3 and 4 who are significantly developmentally delayed or who meet the criteria for one of the other exceptionalities.         

Special education services are available to students ages 5 through 21 who meet the state criteria for one or more of the exceptionalities.  Models provided include collaborative, resource, self-contained, community based education and consultative services. Child Find/Proportionate Share funds are available for private and home-school students.       

Physical and occupational therapy are related services available through the educational model.  Additionally, an adaptive physical education teacher and as assistive technology specialist are available to work with special students.  Students referred by the county Student Support Team Committee are also offered services by the staff of school psychologists.

Coffee County Schools also employs adaptive physical education teacher, physical therapist and occupational therapist to work with its special needs population.  Sports days are an integral part of education in the adaptive physical education program and physical and occupational therapy programs.  Therapists may also work with students in the academic setting.  Leading the way in southern Georgia, the Coffee County Schools special services program offers aqua therapy for eligible special needs students.  This is made possible through a partnership with South Georgia State College.     

For students who cannot attend school due to an extended illness, Hospital Homebound services are available.          

In direct response to the Education Reform Act 2000, school guidance counselors are now available on every school campus, as well as three system wide social workers and family service coordinators.

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