The Wayne County Public Schools provide special education and related services for children ages 3 through 21 who have been determined eligible for special education services by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Referral, evaluation, identification, and special education services are provided as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the North Carolina Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities.
Each school in the Wayne County Public Schools provides special education and related services. These services are provided for students in the least restrictive environment as determined by the IEP team. School-based special education teachers and therapists provide the required services for the majority of our students. Students who require more extensive service are served through Intensive Intervention programs. Special education services for preschool students with disabilities are mostly provided in their natural environment - daycare centers, Headstart centers, or at home.
Wayne County schools provide special education and related services for more than 2,700 students annually. Students are identified in a variety of disability categories and served through a variety of methods as required by IDEA. Emphasis has been placed on serving students with a disability within the regular classroom; however, the school system maintains a continuum of services to meet the individual needs of students.
Students with a disability participate in all aspects of public education in Wayne County. Most of our students follow the Standard Course of Study and graduate from high school with a diploma.
The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment.