Special Education

Welcome to the White County School's Department of Special Education. Our goal is that this site will provide you with information about our department, the services we provide, how to access those services, and links to resources in the community. We serve students with disabilities aged 3 through 21 based on the needs of each individual student. Contact White County School's Department of Special Education for assistance with the identification and referral process. Providing a free appropriate public education for students is our priority.

All children grow and develop at different rates. A problem in one or two of the skill areas may not be serious, but it is important to be certain. The sooner the delay in development is discovered, the sooner help can be offered. Screening is the first step in identifying children who may need special services.

Are you concerned with your child exhibiting any of the following characteristics:

  • Slow development

  • Difficulty in seeing or hearing

  • Difficulty with moving

  • Long-term health problems

  • Difficulty with speaking

  • Difficulty with getting along with others

  • Advanced academic talent

White County Schools will provide free screenings to access skills in:

  • Body Coordination

  • Self-help

  • Knowledge/concepts/creativity

  • Speech/language

  • Getting along with others

  • Vision/hearing

It is imperative that children receive the necessary assistance at the earliest possible date. Early intervention yields the most positive outcomes.

Who do I call if I am concerned?

Birth to 2.5 years | Call Tennessee's Early Intervention System at 931.528.1623

2.5 to 5 years | Call Dr. Larry Thompson, Supervisor of Special Education at 931.836.2229

5 years or older | Report your concerns to your child's principal. The principal can advise you of next steps.

Contact

White County Board of Education

Dr. Larry Thompson, Supervisor of Special Education/Title VI & IX Coordinator

931.836.2229 | Larry.Thompson@whitecoschools.net