Department Overview

  • Our mission is to assure that all students with disabilities develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education in the least restrictive environment.

    Students with disabilities in the Sampson County Schools system receive Exceptional Children's (EC) services based on the individual educational need for specially designed instruction when standard instruction with accommodation is not appropriate. The services emphasize maximum participation in typical settings for students three through twenty-two years of age. Services are provided according to the federal mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and North Carolina Public School Law, Article 9 regulations as written in Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities.

    Students receive services in typical school settings from highly qualified professionals who receive ongoing professional development. Students receive services in varying amounts of time depending on their individual need. Amounts of service range from consultation and resource level instructional intervention focused on the North Carolina Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards to full-time specially designed instruction with related services or more restrictive services such as hospital-homebound if required. All service decisions are specified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) jointly developed by parents and school teams. Determination of the need for special education and related services is determined through a comprehensive, multi disciplinary evaluation process. The Exceptional Children's program provides necessary services and supports to students to implement the educational program and assure that students' and parents' rights are followed in this process.

    PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION AND COMMENTS ON THE NORTH CAROLINA APPLICATION FOR GRANT AWARD UNDER PART B OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT AS AMENDED IN 2004 FOR FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2020
    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is making available its annual State Application for receiving grant award under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended in 2004. The proposed application will be available for public review March 9, 2020 – May 8, 2020. Comments will be accepted March 9, 2020 – April 8, 2020.
    A copy of the State Application will be available on the NCDPI website at: http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov under Hot Topics. Also, each Local Education Agency will receive a copy of the State Application for public review. Interested citizens may submit comments via e-mail to IDEAGrant@dpi.nc.gov or mail to: NCDPI, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Amanda Byrd/ 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6356. 

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is making available proposed language updates to the 2016 Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Addendum. The proposed updates will be available for public review April 29 – May 29, 2020. Comments will be accepted April 29 – May 29, 2020.

    A copy of the proposed language updates will be available through local newspapers, the NCDPI Exceptional Children (EC) parent listserv, and the NCDPI website at: http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov under Hot Topics. Additionally, each Local Education Agency (LEA) received a copy for public dissemination and review. 

    Interested citizens may submit comments via this link, 
    https://ncdpi.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mm8zg3kMWzhiWF, or mail to:

    NCDPI Exceptional Children Division
    ATTN: Matt Hoskins
    6356 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-6356

  • Dr. Alicia Brophy-Dick
    Director, Exceptional Children

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    Email: abrophydick@sampson.k12.nc.us

    Phone: 592-1401 ext. 20135

    Degrees & Certifications:
    Ph.D. in Special Education, UNC Charlotte

    M.Ed. in Special Education, Auburn University

    B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Auburn University

     

     

Project Child Find

  • Child Find is an effort coordinated by Sampson County Schools and the Exceptional Children Division, State Department of Public Instruction, to locate and identify children and youth ages birth through 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services. It is also a collaboration to inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies. Please contact EC Director at 910-592-1401 if you have Child Find questions.

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