Student Services

    Essex County Public Schools provides special education and related services to students, ages 2 through 21 with identified educational disabilities. The term "children with disabilities" means those children evaluated, in accordance with state and federal regulations, who have been identified as having one or more of the following disabilities; and who, because of such impairments, need special education and related services.

Autism Multiple Disabilities
Deaf-Blindness Orthopedic Impairment
Deafness Other Health Impairment
Developmental delay (ages 2-6) Specific Learning Disability
Emotional Disability Speech or Language Impairment
Hearing Impairment Traumatic Brain Injury 
Intellectual Disability Visual Impairment or Blindness

    Eligibility for special education is determined by a multidisciplinary team, which may include the school psychologist, educational diagnostician, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, special and general education teachers, school counselor, administrators, and parents. If you suspect that your child has a disability, please contact the Child Study Chairperson at your child's school.

    Special Education services are governed by both federal and state regulations. Virginia's special education regulations can be found on the Virginia Department of Education's website

    Special Education Procedural Safeguards are also available on the Virginia Department of Education website. 
     English Version
     Spanish Version

For more information about any of the topics on this page, please contact the Department of Special Education and Student Services at 804-443-3959.

 Student Service Contacts

Chief Operations Officer
Roger D. “Butch” Gross (804) 443-4366
 Special Education Supervisor  Denise F. Griffin  (804) 443-4366
Special Education Administrative Assistant Mrs. Martha Mercer  (804) 443-3959
School Psychologist Christina Mahoney  (804) 443-3959

Links and Resources

Non Resident Policy

Non Resident Application

Virginia Department of Education - Special Education

A Parent's Guide to Special Education (English)

A Parent's Guide to Special Education (Spanish)
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