Special Education

Oak Knoll Middle School offers a variety of special education programs that provide educational services for children with special needs. Special education services are provided in a collaborative or resource setting as specified in each child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Student painting in classAny child, 2–21 years of age, living in the Oak Knoll Middle School district, who is suspected of having a learning problem, can be referred to the special education administrator. Parent(s), school staff, or other individuals can make these referrals. Upon receipt of the referral, the special education administrator will convene a meeting to discuss the referral. Participants in this meeting will be individuals who are familiar with the child as well as school staff. They will discuss recommendations for helping the child become more successful in the classroom

If additional information is needed, the team may decide upon additional testing, which must be done within 65 calendar days. At the end of this time period, the team will convene again to go over the test results and will make recommendations based on those results. 

If a child is found eligible for special education services, the team will develop an Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, within 30 calendar days. The child will receive IEP services in the least restrictive environment. Recommendations to make changes to a child’s IEP can be made at any time; however, the IEP must be reviewed annually.

We offer speech services based on the education impact a speech/language problem may present. The focus of school-based speech language pathologists is to facilitate the development of effective and efficient communication skills so that students can participate as fully as possible in educational, social, and vocational interactions.

For more information regarding our special education services, please view our division site.

Parent Resource Center

Hanover County Public Schools' Department of Special Education has established the Parent Resource Center (PRC) as a source of information, support, and training for parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members.

The PRC is committed to promoting working relationships between parents, educators, and the community. Our goal is to help parents gain knowledge and become comfortable with the special education process. We believe this will allow parents to partner with schools and become more involved in the planning and decision-making process for their child's education. For more information, please view our division PRC page.

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