Dalton Public Schools provides a bilingual Coordinator of Parent Involvement to encourage the engagement of parents who have children with disabilities. The parent involvement coordinator works with school staff to develop partnerships between home and school. The ultimate responsibility of the parent mentor is to support parents with children receiving special education supports and services obtain information about various disabilities, provide support in IEP meetings (when needed), locate community resources, and encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education. To contact our Coordinator of Parent Involvement, please call the Exceptional Student Services office at (706) 876-4023.
Individuals desiring information about a child’s services in the summer, please contact the Exceptional Student Services office at (706) 876-4023 or call Parent to Parent of Georgia at 1-800-229-2038.
GEORGIA SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) program is a parent choice program for students with disabilities that have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in Georgia public schools. Information regarding eligibility and the different choice options is available at the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship website.
DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS
In compliance with the State of Georgia Records Retention Schedules for Local Government Paper & Electronic Records, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations on destruction of data collected, maintained, or used in the provision of a free and appropriate public education of students with disabilities in Dalton Public Schools, the Exceptional Student Services office announces its intention to destroy special education records on July 1, 2021. The destruction of records will affect students born in 1998.
The Records Retention Schedule for Local Government Paper & Electronic Records provides, "that records may be destroyed when they are no longer needed to provide educational services to the child." Dalton Public Schools does not have student special education records for individuals born in or before 1997.
A student or parent may need special education records for Social Security purposes or other reasons. If you are a former special education student or parent of a former special education student and wish to obtain records prior to destruction, please call the Dalton Public Schools Exceptional Student Services office at (706) 876-4023 or visit at the 101 Building at 101 N. Thornton Avenue. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone obtaining records will be required to produce identification that contains both a picture and signature before the records can be released. All unclaimed files of individuals born in 1998 will be destroyed on July 1, 2021.