Special Education & Speech

Student holding project

Rural Point Elementary School offers a variety of special education services to children with special needs. We provide these services in both collaborative and resource settings as specified in each child’s individualized education plan (IEP).

Any child between the ages of two and 21, living in Rural Point Elementary School’s attendance boundary, who is suspected of having a learning problem, should be referred to our special education administrator. Parent(s), school staff, or other individuals can make these referrals. Upon receipt of a referral, our special education administrator will meet with parents, physicians, and school staff to discuss the referral. At this time, recommendations for special services may be made that will help the child become more successful in the classroom.

If additional information is needed, the child’s educational team may request additional testing, which must be completed within 65 calendar days. At the end of this period, the team will convene again to go over the test results. Recommendations will be made after reviewing the test results. 

If we find that a child is eligible for special education services, we will develop an Individualized Education Plan within 30 calendar days. IEP services are given in the child’s least restrictive environment and are reviewed annually. Recommendations to change a child’s IEP can be made at any time.

For more information regarding our special education services, please view our division site.


Our speech program’s main functions are to:

  • Provide the necessary treatment to stimulate, remediate, and/or correct delayed speech and language skills in all school-age children found eligible to receive special education or speech services.
  • Provide early intervention for children ages two to five who are found eligible by the Hanover County Special Education eligibility team to receive speech/language services.
  • Provide consultative services to the teachers and parents of the student receiving speech services to help carry over learned skills.
  • Assess all new Hanover County Public School students in the areas of speech, language, and hearing.

Parent Resource Center

Hanover County Public Schools' Department of Special Education has established the Parent Resource Center as a source of information, support, and training for parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members.

The PRC is committed to promoting working relationships between parents, educators, and the community. Our goal is to help parents gain knowledge and become comfortable with the special education process. We believe this will allow parents to partner with schools and become more involved in the planning and decision-making process for their child's education.


Chris Weaver, Assistant Principal

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