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Special Education

Charles County Public Schools provides special education and related services for eligible children from birth to age 21. 

Special education can include:

  • Specialized instruction
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Speech therapy
  • Language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physical education
  • Assistive technology
  • Counseling

Each school provides special education and related services to eligible students.

Regional programs in elementary, middle and high schools provide academic, therapeutic and/or behavioral supports for students needing more intense support.

Child Find is a process designed to locate, identify and refer young children with disabilities. If eligible, services for children birth to five are offered through the Infants and Toddlers Program and Preschool Special Education.

The Adult Independence Program (AIP) offers job training and job placement assistance for older students receiving a certificate of completion.

All decisions about a student’s special education services and placement are made by the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The child’s parent or guardian is a member of this team.

Decisions about a student’s placement are made based on the student’s needs and are consistent with the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

A written copy of this information is available to parents upon request.


Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

Make Your Voice Heard!
Your Opinion Matters!

Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services will be mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services during the week of February 12, 2024. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by May 24, 2024.

The survey may also be completed online. Please use the links below to complete the online survey. Your feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in your local school system. Your voice can make a real difference for your child and many other children across the state of Maryland.


Online Survey

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

For further information on all programs offered through the Department of Special Education, please contact:

Special Education Directors
Dr. Tia McKinnon
Director of Special Education

LeWan M. Jones
Director of Special Education Compliance

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