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  • Alert:

    3-26-20 School Closing Update: Please view this important letter from Dr. Judy about the current status of schools

  • Alert:

    Update School Closing Letter - Spanish 3-26-20 Click here to view letter 

  • School Closings/Delays:

    April 1, 2020 - Governor Brian Kemp has just signed an Executive Order closing all school districts for the remainder of the school year.  This is an unprecedented decision that I know was not taken lightly.  At this point, there are more questions than answers.  The Emanuel County School district will work over the next several weeks to provide answers to these questions.  We ask that our community continue to follow all recommendations regarding hand washing, social distancing and staying home when possible.  We pray everyone stays safe and healthy!

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Rights, Responsibilities and The Law

The teamwork of parents and educators paid off in 1975 when the 94th Congress passed Public Law 94-142, "The Education for All Handicapped Children Act." The law was the result of years of advocacy efforts and teamwork by parents and educators. It has become a landmark in the history of public education. This law has been revised and is now called IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). 

Public Law 94-142 declares that ....all handicapped children have available to them....a free, appropriate public education. 

Basically, this means that public schools must provide, free of charge, a program of special education and special services designed to meet the unique needs of a handicapped student. The law covers all persons with special needs from age three through twenty-one. 

Public Law 94-142 outlines a special education process that parents and educators must follow to help the child with a disability benefit from an education and have an opportunity to reach his/her goals.  The steps of the process are listed below.