Students with disabilities in the Clinton City School system receive Exceptional Children (EC) services based on the individual educational need for specially designed instruction when standard instruction with accommodation is not appropriate. The services emphasize maximum participation in typical settings for students three through twenty-one years of age. Services are provided according to the federal mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and North Carolina Public School Law, Article 9 regulations as written in Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities.
Students receive services in typical school settings from highly qualified professionals who receive ongoing professional development. Students receive services in varying amounts of time depending on their individual need. Amounts of service range from regular classroom and resource level instructional intervention focused on the North Carolina Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards to full-time specially designed instruction with related services or more restrictive services such as hospital-homebound if required. All service decisions are specified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) jointly developed by parents and school teams. Determination of the need for special education and related services is determined through a comprehensive, multi disciplinary evaluation process. The Exceptional Children's program provides necessary services and supports to students to implement the educational program and assure that students' and parents' rights are followed in this process.
If you are new to Clinton City Schools and have a child who has been receiving special education services, contact the school that your child will attend and provide them with documentation of your child’s special needs (i.e., a copy of the student’s current Individualized Education Program – IEP).
Questions or Comments
Emily C. Pope, EC Program Director (910) 592-3132 Ext. 1931
Dagma Marin, Administrative Assistant (910) 592-3132 Ext. 1947- Feel free to contact for information in Spanish
Exceptional Children's Services are provided under the following categorical designations according to NC Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities:
Autism Spectrum Disorder Specific Learning Disabled
Multi- Disabled Seriously Emotionally Disabled
Deaf-Blind Speech/Language Impaired
Orthopedically Impaired Hearing Impaired (Hard of Hearing)
Deaf Traumatic Brain Injured
Other Health Impaired Intellectually Disabled (Mild, Moderate, Severe)
Developmentally Delayed Visually Impaired
North Carolina has a continuing Child Find procedure in place to locate all children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities attending private schools or home schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, who are in need of special education and related services.
This effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The purpose of this procedure is to enhance public understanding of exceptional children and youth with special needs, to identify and locate the children and youth, and to inform the public of available services.
Services include a complete evaluation, an individualized education program designed specifically for the child and a referral to other agencies providing special services. Please contact Emily Pope, EC Director at 910-592-3132 if you have Child Find questions or would like to discuss a child find referral.
Clinton City Schools joined forces with Sampson County Schools to participate in the 2016 Special Olympic Games on April 26, 2016.
Special Education students from Clinton City Schools and Sampson County Schools participated in our local games held at Clinton High School. Teams from L.C. Kerr School, Butler Avenue School, Sunset Avenue School, Sampson Middle School and Clinton High School participated in the games and activities from Clinton City Schools. The date for the 2017 games will be April 7th, hosted by Clinton High School.
Mrs. Tonya Wright, EC Teacher at Sampson Middle School, represented Clinton City Schools as our 2016 Teacher of Excellence during the Exceptional Children Division's 66th Conference on Exceptional Children. Mrs. Wright was recognized for this honor during the recognition ceremony on November 9, 2016. Congratulations to Mrs. Tonya Wright for this very deserved honor!