Exceptional Children


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EC Parent Communications

Programs for Exceptional Children is working in collaboration with the rest of the district to determine a plan for students with disabilities related to COVID-19. We will post regular updates and communication that we have shared with families on our Parent Communication Updates.

Return to In-person Instruction

We understand that this is a challenging time for many in our community. As we navigate COVID-19 together, CMS remains committed to facilitating growth and new opportunities all the while ensuring access to quality education. 

The safety, health and well-being of our students, staff, families and community is a top priority. The NC DHHS requires public schools to conduct a COVID-19 symptom screening of any person entering a school building. For this reason, we will be asking each student and visitor to complete the CMS Symptoms Screener survey each day before reporting to school. 

The purpose of the CMS Symptoms Screener survey is to determine if you are currently experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to COVID-19. All information provided is kept confidential. Based on your survey results, you will be approved to go to school or will be asked to stay at home. Students who are not feeling well should stay home and consult with a physician or health care provider.

Please complete the CMS Symptoms Screener survey daily to help ensure safety and health for all. This survey is available electronically and can be accessed in multiple languages. To see a step-by-step guide for completing the survey, please watch this video.

For those who cannot access electronic pre-screening or if pre-screening is not completed prior to arrival onsite, staff will be able to assist students with screening via onsite electronic screening or a paper version of attestation. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support. We are in this together, CMS family.

If you have questions regarding your child’s IEP and services, contact the Programs for Exceptional Children Office.

We look forward to speaking with you!

Transportation Parent Guardian Symptoms Screener Authorization Form (Attestation Form) 

Download Transportation Parent Symptoms Screening Authorization Form (Attestation Form). This form will be completed weekly by the parent before students get on transporation.  

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Student Daily Symptoms Screening

The purpose of the Daily CMS Symptoms Screener survey is to determine if students are currently experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to COVID-19. All information provided is kept confidential. Based on the survey results, students will be approved to go to school or will be asked to stay at home. Students who are not feeling well should stay home and consult with a physician or health care provider.

Please complete the CMS Symptoms Screener survey to help ensure safety and health for all. This survey is available electronically and can be accessed in multiple languages. To see a step-by-step guide for completing the survey, please watch this video. The survey can be found on your school's website, on the left side of the homepage, right above "School Report Cards". It is also emailed to the student's CMS email address daily.

For those who cannot access electronic pre-screening or if pre-screening is not completed prior to arrival onsite, staff will be able to assist students with screening via onsite electronic screening or a paper version of attestation. 


Parent & Community Outreach Website

We have launched a Parent & Community Outreach Website which contains Parent Communication & Frequently Asked Questions, Help with Technology, Learning at Home, Virtual Family Nights, Community Resources, and Language Help.


Key 2020-2021 Resources for Families

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Watch and Listen to the Recording of the EC Overview for Parents 2020-2021

View the EC Overview for Parents 2020-2021 Presentation

 Frequently Asked Questions

Remote Learning Plan Template 2020-2021


What We Do

  • Provide the full continuum of services to students with disabilities, based on individual needs.

  • Demonstrate commitment and dedication to ensure access to the general curriculum.

    • Provide information regarding curriculum options for students with disabilities

    • Implement various grants in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that address the Extensions of the Common Core Standards.

    • Provide information about the implementation of inclusive practices as a service delivery model.

  • Develop individualized student plans as determined by data collection.

  • Apply research based interventions and methodology.

  • Encourage parent participation in the team process of individual program development as well as involvement in school-related activities. 


Our Vision

Programs for Exceptional Children positively impact academic and social outcomes for students with disabilities so they can be productive citizens.


Our Mission

Programs for Exceptional Children promote success for students with disabilities, their families, staff and community to achieve positive post-secondary outcomes.


 
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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