Exceptional Children

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The Exceptional Children's Department offers services (e.g. speech, occupational therapy, resource, physical therapy, visual/hearing services, etc.) to eligible students identified under guidelines set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Services are provided by highly qualified and licensed teachers and related services staff in the least restrictive environment.

Parents and educators can begin the referral process to determine a student's eligibility for Exceptional Children's services by working with the student's home school Student Assistance Team. At the appropriate time and if needed, the Student Assistance Team will work with the school's Exceptional Children's department to obtain necessary testing and assessment. To review data, interventions, records and assessment results, an Individual Education Program (IEP) team (which includes the parent/guardian) will meet and make the final decision regarding a student's eligibility for services.

Tyrrell County Schools follows all state and federal laws and guidelines governing the delivery of Exceptional Children's services. For more information contact the principal at your child's school or the Exceptional Children's Department Director at 252-796-1121.
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72nd Annual Exceptional Children's Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Congratulations to Kristy Thompson, Tyrrell County Schools Exceptional Children's Educator of Excellence.  We thank you for your hard-work and dedication to Tyrrell County Schools!
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November is Family Engagement Month! The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center
(ECAC), invites families to nominate their child’s school for the, “Tell Us Something Good”
award. Share an experience that you’ve had with your child’s teacher/school that
highlights their welcoming attitude and enthusiasm in working with families to create a
positive experience for students with disabilities and their families. Your submission is an
experience from the 2022-2023 school year through present. 
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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Office of Exceptional Children, is asking for your input on the Parent Survey - Special Education at one of the following links:

Preschool Survey

School Age Survey

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Please complete the survey by July 31, 2023. If you have any questions, call the Office of Exceptional Children at 984.236.1550, or the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) at 800.962.6817.

Your participation will assist in improving education for children receiving special education services in North Carolina. Thank you for your time and participation. 




Parent Resources - 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 EC Teacher.

Project Child Find - For further information regarding Child Find or if you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and/or related services, please contact the Director of Exceptional Children and Special Programs, [email protected]; 252-796-1121 ext. 412

Exceptional Children Division - NC DPI   - 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.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Families

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.

Integrated Academic & Behavior Systems

Informational Documents

Tyrrell County Schools Exceptional Children's Department
Jennifer Mason
Director of Exceptional Children and Special Programs
252.796.1121 ext. 412
Christina Harris
Exceptional Children Facilitator
Endia Yancey 
Administrative Assistant
Related Service Providers:
James Gaynor-Occupational Therapist
Dr. Dean McCall-Physical Therapist
Ellen Silva- Speech Language Pathologist
Selena Waite