Special Education Eligibility
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate children with disabilities regardless of the severity of their disabilities, who may be in need of special education services.
Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) has procedures in place to assist families and community entities in providing a continuous process of screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities who may be in need. If you suspect that your child has a disability and may require special education services, please contact LaRenda Gilmer or Veronica Crenshaw.
Students with disabilities can receive services based on the following eligibility categories:
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Emotional & Behavioral Disorder
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Significant Developmental Delay
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech-Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment & Blindness
Students with disabilities who qualify for Special Education Services can receive a free appropriate education (FAPE) based on the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Georgia Cyber Academy delivers special education programming and related services in the least restrictive environment, as determined by the student’s IEP team. Instruction and services delivered in a virtual and/or face to face environment are provided at no cost to the parent, guardian or student. Through the virtual learning environment, students can be served using regular education, additional supportive services, consultative, co-teaching, collaborative, and small group settings. Progress monitoring of IEP goals is accomplished through a variety of data collection methods using a variety of instructional programs, as well as the individualized assessments designed by special education and general education teachers. IEP mandated, specialized instructional services are provided via the online learning platform, and progress data is collected during live class sessions. These sessions are designed to aid in the continuous progression and mastery of students’ IEP goals and objectives. These sessions, led by certified special education teachers, are intended to support the student’s academic, behavioral, and post-secondary needs.
All members of the Georgia Cyber Academy school community believe that varied instructional practices and learning environments benefit all children. Related Services, such as Speech, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy, etc. are determined through review of various data sources to include evaluations and progress monitoring data. In sum, Georgia Cyber Academy is committed to the full implementation of IDEA. When students served through the Department of Special Education are provided with the appropriate supports, as outlined in their IEP and through the collaborative efforts of parents, students, teachers, therapists and other faculty/ staff (as appropriate), we believe they will achieve.
Any additional information regarding Parent Rights, Special Education Records, and services offered should be directed to Veronica Crenshaw.
Students receiving special education services may have additional face to face, on camera, and attendance requirements per their IEP. The learning coach or designated adult will have additional meetings with staff as is required.
Please review the Special Education Manual for complete information on this program.