Exceptional Education


The Special Education Department for Essex County Public Schools support instructional programs for students with disabilities in the division. It is the goal of the Special Education Department to ensure that each student with a disability has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with his/her potential to achieve.

This site is designed to provide information to parents, teachers, students, and community members in an effort to better serve the needs of persons with disabilities, their families, and professionals who support them in Essex County.

 Special Education Department Contacts

Assistant Superintendent  Dr. Tara Temple (804) 443-3959
Special Education Administrative Assistant Martha Mercer (804) 443-3959
Special Education Supervisor  Denise Griffin
(804) 443-3959

2019-2020 Private School Parent and Student Perspective Survey


As part of the new private school progress monitoring requirements, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) was charged with developing a survey to obtain information from parents of students with disabilities served in private schools for students with disabilities, as well as a survey to obtain information from the students’ perspective. These surveys have been shared with each of the private school administrators for dissemination. However, the VDOE is asking for your assistance in promoting the completion of the survey by each of your families who had a student enrolled in private school during the 2019-2020 school year. Unlike the Indicator 8 parent survey, there is not a “hard copy” version of these surveys that can be disseminated. Therefore, the VDOE asks that you, at minimum, post the availability of the online surveys on your school division’s webpage where you post information for parents. The VDOE will also be posting these surveys to its website and posting notification of their availability.


The online surveys are currently opened and will be available for completion at the following links until October 30, 2020:


Parent Survey ----- Private School Survey for Parent


Student Survey ---- Private School Perspective Survey for Student 


Thank you for your ongoing commitment toward ensuring that we involve each parent in his/her child’s special education program. If you have questions or need assistance concerning this survey process, please contact Hank Millward, via telephone, at (804) 371-0525 or via email, at [email protected].

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