Student Services



Child Find 
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), the Emanuel County School system seeks to ensure that all children with disabilities (birth through age 21) residing in our jurisdiction and who are in need of special education and related services or early intervention services are identified, located, and evaluated. This also includes those attending private school and home school.  Final identification of students with disabilities and programming for such students occurs only after an appropriate evaluation and a determination by a Multidisciplinary Placement Team.

If the “child find” process indicates that the child/student may require special education and/or supportive services in order to participate in and benefit from the general education environment and curriculum, the student shall be referred to the Multidisciplinary Team to determine the student’s eligibility for special education services.

If you suspect that a student has a disability and has not been identified and is not being served, please contact:

Dr. Susan Rutherford
Director of Student Services
Emanuel County Schools
201 North Main Street
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401
(478) 237-6674


State defined Alternate Diploma (students who enter 9th grade during 2020-2021 year)
Only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who take the GAA are eligible to receive the Alternate Diploma.  The Alternate Diploma is the document awarded to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who were assessed using the alternate assessment aligned to alternate academic achievement standards. While this diploma is standards-based and aligned with the state requirements for the Regular High School Diploma, it is not a Regular High School Diploma.  For postsecondary and transition opportunities, many of those institutions will still allow it for transition opportunities and, like with the Regular Diploma, there would be admissions criteria for postsecondary institutions.  The Alternate Diploma option will be available for students who entered ninth grade during the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who were in high school prior to the 2020-2021 school year who take the GAA and complete other requirements will still receive the Regular Diploma.