Referral, Evaluation, & Placement Of Exceptional Children


A student suspected of having an educational disability is referred to the Response to Instruction (RtI) team or the Student Study Team at his/her school. Interventions are identified and put in place to assist the student. Parents are notified when students are referred to the team. Most of these students would also have a Personalized Educational Plan (PEP).  If the interventions that have been put in place are not effective, the team would refer the student to the school based Exceptional Education team to consider the child for an evaluation. In addition to this process, parents can also request an evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, the team reconvenes with parents to determine eligibility. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for students who meet eligibility criteria, and a program is developed to implement that IEP. The evaluation, eligibility and IEP development must occur within 90 days of initial referral.  IEPs are reviewed at least annually, and students are review at least once every three years to determine if further evaluation is necessary.

Service Delivery Models 

The Chapel Hill Carrboro-City Schools serve approximately 1191 students with disabilities in these categories: autism spectrum disorder, serious emotionally disability, deaf/blind, intellectual disability, hearing impaired, specific learning disability, multiple disabilities, other health impaired, orthopedically impaired, developmentally delayed, speech or language disability, traumatic brain injury, and visually impaired. More than eighty percent of the school-age exceptional population is served in a regular class setting, the least restrictive environment (LRE) for them. Services are provided as outlined in each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). In most cases, the student receives special education and related services in his home school. In a few instances though, the student is transported to a different school for the special education programming. Transportation is provided at no cost to the parent.

Exceptional Children (EC) Staff

Each school within the district has:
  • EC Resource Teacher(s)
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy 
District-Wide Resources:
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Contracted Audiologist
  • School Psychologists
  • Autism Specialists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Adapted PE Teachers