About Special Education

Special education is a service for any student 3-21 years of age considered to have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students being served must meet the eligibility criteria in any of the following areas: autism, deaf/blind, emotional and behavioral disorder, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, orthopedic, other health impairment, severe emotional and behavioral disorder, specific learning disability, significant development delay, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment. Click here for more information on disabilities.

Pike County's students with disabilities are provided specialized instruction and related services by a dedicated staff of professionals and support personnel. These teachers and paraprofessionals work collaboratively with school staff and parents to assure that students with disabilities are provided appropriate learning experiences and opportunities.  

Please contact Pike County Schools' Special Education Department for information on the referral process for any child, aged birth through 21, who is suspected to have a disability. Click here for the State of Georgia rule on "Child Find" obligations of the public school system.  

In compliance with the Individual Disabilities Act (IDEA), the Georgia Records Act, and the Pike County School System policy on destruction of data collected, maintained, or used in the provision of a free and appropriate public education of students with disabilities, the Pike County Special Education Department destroys records at the end of the year that a previous student reaches the age of twenty-five. Records retained on students who were enrolled in a special education program in the Pike County School System are no longer needed for education purposes after this age. For more information, contact the Pike County Special Education Department at 770-567-8489.

Special Education Services Staff
Specialty Staff & Contacts
  • School Psychologist
  • Speech
    Audra Huffstetler, Wesley Pitts, Jessica Key
  • Occupational Therapy
    Jessi Thompson
  • Physical Therapy
    Deborah Hopper
Helpful Links for Parents and Educators
  • Pike County Community Resource Guide
    Please check out this comprehensive guide to local services. The booklet has been designed to put every resource you might need, A to Z, at your fingertips. The first section provides local emergency numbers and contact information for commonly used resources. The next section includes local area mental health providers, such as counselors and psychologists. Finally, you will find a list of medical providers. We hope you will find it useful.
  • Special Needs Scholarship Program
    (2015-2016 Annual Notification; click link for additional information)
    The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). &l
  • Behavior Doctor
    (great source of behavior help for parents and teachers)
  • Special Education Related Board Policy
    Click here for board policy on Seclusion or Restraint of Students
More Information

The Pike County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, race/color, religion/creed, gender, national/ethnic origin, disability, or citizenship status in its educational programs, activities and employment.