The Williamsburg County School District - Office of Special Services offers a broad continum of services for students three (3) to twenty-one (21) years of age. Following a comprehensive assessment that may include a psychoeducational evaluation, educational testing, speech-language assessment, audiological testing and other assessments, a student may be eligible to receive services in one or more of the following categories...
- Emotional/Behavioral Disability
- Hearing Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Developmental Delay
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech-Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
- Intellectual Disability (Mild, Moderate, Severe/Profound)
Classes serving students with disabilities are located in primary, elementary, middle, and high schools. Delivery models for instruction include the regular classroom, resource, self-contained, home-based, and residential settings. All programs are not represented in every school. In these instances, students are assigned to a program nearest the home school and transportation is provided.
The Office of Special Services is required to provide a free, appropriate, public education to eligible children in cooperation with parents and other agencies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Each eligible students must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), which is developed by a team of teachers and other qualified personnel, parents or guardians, and the student, when appropriate. The IEP is revised when necessary and reviewed at least annually.
The State of South Carolina requires that all students referred for Special Education Services must first go through the Student Intervention Team (SIT) process. Strategies in the regular education setting must be considered and documented before referral to Special Education can be made. SIT waivers are limited to very special circumstances, which require sufficient documentation about the severity of the problem to justify the exception. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their child's home school or the Office of Special Services at (843) 355-5533 for more information if they suspect that their child has a disability.