Special Education

All residents in the City of Staunton from the ages of two to twenty-one, inclusive, who have a disability and are in need of special education services shall receive a free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. Students otherwise eligible must have attained age two and not have exceeded age twenty-one by September 30.

A free appropriate public education is provided to all identified persons with disabilities ages two to twenty-one, inclusive, who live in the City of Staunton or who have been placed by their parents in a private school located within the Staunton City jurisdiction.

Programs and services are provided to persons identified as having autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or a visual impairment.

Because special education services attempt to prepare students with disabilities to live and work in society, such students are educated with their peers to the maximum extent appropriate. Effort is made to place the student in the least restrictive environment. In determining the most appropriate setting, each student is considered on an individual basis. The Staunton CIty Public School system provides a continuum of alternative placement options and services to meet the varying needs of students with disabilities.

For more information, please contact the Student Services Department at 332.3934.


Join us for a live, in-person training event, Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities.

This training event is for families of students with disabilities and will be held:

Friday, August 12, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sheraton Richmond Airport Hotel

5501 Eubank Road, Sandston, Virginia 23150

Registration will be limited to 100 participants, so please register early! The training will be provided by **Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)**staff members.

A limited number of hotel rooms will be available at no charge to participants who live more than fifty miles from the training location. If your circumstances change and you are unable to attend this event, please notify Chiquita Seaborne at Chiquita.Seaborne@doe.virginia.govor (804) 225-3898 to cancel your registration and lodging.

Childcare is not provided for this training.

The purpose of this training is to assist you in understanding the following four things:

·What are some of the keys to your child's academic success?

·What decisions will you need to make regarding your child's educational path?

·At what point will you be making these decisions? In this training, we refer to these as critical decision points.

·What information will you need so that you can make the most well-informed decisions possible for your child?