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Special Education


A free appropriate public education (FAPE) must be available to all students residing in the state between the ages of three and twenty-one, inclusive, who are eligible for special education services.  FAPE is individually determined for each student.  FAPE must include special education services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and may include related services, transition services, supplementary aids and services, and /or assistive technology devices and services.   Districts must also ensure that students have available to them the variety of education programs and services available to students without exceptionalities including art, music, industrial arts, consumer and homemaking education and vocational education.

Parent Information

Referral Sources
Developmental screenings, student assistance teams, student instructional and intervention teams, parents and private/religious schools are all referral sources as listed in Policy 2419:  Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities:

Screening Process
Must be conducted annually for:

  • All students entering kindergarten or preschool
  • All students entering West Virginia public and private schools for the first time

Student Assistance Team (SAT)

  • Principal or Designee
  • General Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Current Teacher
  • Other Appropriate Staff, if necessary (OT, PT, Speech)
  • Parent/Guardian

Parents may initiate a request for an initial evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services.

Private/Religious School
Each district must locate, identify, and evaluate all students suspected of needing special education services who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) elementary or secondary schools located in the school district.<br<



Additional Information

Effective Parent Collaboration

About Exceptionalities

Special Education Timeline


Specific Disabilities Resources

Children with Attention Deficity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 201
Landover, MD 20785
301-306-7090 (Fax)
American Council of the Blind
1155-15th St., NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
202-467-5081 (V)
Learning Diabilities Assocation of America
4156 Library Road
PIttsburgh, PA 15234-1349
412-341-8077 (V)
412-344-0224 (Fax)
National Association of the Deaf
814 Thayer Ave.
Silver Springs, MD 20910-4500
301-587-1789 (TTY)
Autism Society of America, Inc.
7910 Woodmount Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3064
301-657-0881 (V)

West Virginia Resources

Mountain State Parents' Childrens and Adolescent Network

WV Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children

WV Autism Training Center

WV Department of Office of Special Education Achievement

WV Developmental Disabilities Council

WV Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)

National Resources

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300
Arlington, WV 22201-5704
703-264-9446 (TTY)
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
202-884-8200 (V/TTY)
800-695-0285 (V/TTY)
National Council on Disability
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20004-1107B
202-272-2074 (TTY)