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Exceptional Children

PSE (Special Education) / Special Education Supports and Services

Mission:

The Exceptional Children’s Department for the Public Schools of Robeson County is committed and dedicated to providing appropriate programs and services which will educate, empower, and equip all students with disabilities. Together, we can ensure that students are provided the knowledge and skills necessary to become productive and contributing members of society.

VISION: 

The Exceptional Children’s Department for the Public Schools of Robeson County will collaboratively educate, support, and advocate for students with disabilities providing individualized education to maximize achievement and independence by preparing them to compete in an ever-changing global society.

Program Description: 

The Public Schools of Robeson County (PSRC) provides special education and related services according to the federal mandates of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act and the regulations of the North Carolina Public School Law, Article 9. The PSRC Exceptional Children's Department serves 3627 students with special needs, ages 3-21. The school system provides a continuum of services to ensure that all students are provided a quality education through specially designed instruction that will allow them to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. In addition, our Shining Stars Preschool offers services to preschool children ages 3-5. Preschoolers and school age students are identified and provided with appropriate special education services in accordance with the tenets of IDEA. 

Students are evaluated by a licensed school psychologist with the approval of the parent or legal guardian. At the conclusion of all evaluations, results are shared with the parent, legal guardian and teachers at an eligibility meeting in the child’s school. If the evaluation confirms the child has a disability, an individual education program (IEP) is developed with parental and teacher input. The individual education program (IEP) specifies the supports, accommodations/modifications and related services needed for the student to be successful during the school day. The individual education program is updated annually and can be amended throughout the school year if any changes need to be made. 

Services:

The identified Exceptional Student in the Public Schools of Robeson County receives special services based upon disabilities in these areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delayed
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability (mild, moderate, severe)
  • Multi-Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment including blindness
Transfers/Newcomers:

What to do if you are new to Robeson County - Enroll your child in your district. Bring your child's IEP from the former school to the new school and give it to the Exceptional Children's Chairperson at that school. We will then have a meeting and implement the IEP as closely as we possibly can and provide comparable services.

What to do if the school in which your child would normally attend may not have the appropriate setting - The IEP team will convene a meeting to help to determine an appropriate setting to best serve the student's needs. 

What to do if you do not agree with the school choice - The school choice is determined by Central Office. If you do not agree, you will have to contact the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability at 910-671-6000.

The Public Schools of Robeson County, in accordance with federal/state legislation, provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, color, creed, national origin, age or handicap.

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