Special Services


   The Special Education Department serves over 345 students from preschool to age twenty-one. The purpose is to identify, evaluate and appropriately instruct students with varying disabilities. For children with identified disabilities, a full range of educational support is available based on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). All services are in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Referrals and evaluations may be initiated by the Problem Solving Team (PST) classroom teacher, parent or other professionals. Eligibility is based on results of a battery of tests and is determined by an interdisciplinary committee. When eligible, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed and fully implemented in order to meet the individual needs of each student.

The Russell County School District provides services for students identified with at least one of the following exceptionality areas:

  • Autism

  • Deaf – Blindness

  • Developmental Delay

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Mental Retardation

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech or Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

A full range of related services is available to assist students with disabilities to benefit from special education and to receive a free and appropriate public education.