Parent Rights & Responsibilities in Special Education: NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards [link to EC Division webpage where this information is located - English/Spanish]
This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources can be found in the appendices.
If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student’s school principal, teacher, or Scotland County Schools' Exceptional Children's department.
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.
What is NC MTSS?
Family engagement within an MTSS is defined as the active and meaningful partnerships that educators build and maintain with students’ families for the purpose of supporting student learning. It embodies the idea that all parties are equally invested in the student’s educational experience and all parties bring knowledge and skills of equal value to the table to work together.
This linked infographic is intended to support NC families in understanding what NC educators are referring to when they are talking about an MTSS.
What is "support"?
NC schools that are implementing an MTSS may talk about support for students. To further define that support, NC organizes these supports around the instruction, the curriculum, and the environment. This linked infographic is intended to promote understanding and conversations around how school teams are providing these supports to all, some, and a few students based on needs.
The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) offers parents and families assistance with navigating the special education system, knowing their rights, and provide information, support, training and resources to assist families caring for children with special needs from birth to age 26. Click the link below for additional information.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services assists individuals with disabilities with achieving their goals for employment and independence with a variety of programs and services.Local office address: 915-D South Main Street 28352Local office number: (910) 276-4669
First Resource Center according to their website "provides persons with disabilities (preschool through adulthood) and their families with programs and advocacy to support and foster healthy, inclusive, and self-determined lives". Please click the link below for additional information.