Durham Public Schools, (DPS) provides special education services to children who are found eligible in one or more of 14 disabling categories. Some of the eligibility categories include developmental delay, speech language impairment and autism, among others.
Upon eligibility determination, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for each child outlining the services required to meet the child’s special education needs. Some of the services may include special education support from a teacher, speech language therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy. The placement and frequency of service delivery is determined by the IEP team. DPS offers a full continuum of services and children are placed in the least restrictive environment. Children who are found eligible may begin receiving services on their third birthday and services are provided according to the DPS school calendar.
If you feel that your child is in need of special education services and you would like to make a referral, please contact Leslie Greene at 919-560-3933. Spanish speaking families should call Erica Manning at 919-560-2673. If your child has been evaluated or screened, those reports can be faxed to Ms. Greene at 919-680-6942 to help with the referral process. Durham Public Schools will conduct screenings and/or evaluations necessary to determine eligibility at no cost to the family.
If your child has a current IEP and you are moving to Durham County, please call April Washington for assistance at 919-560-2000, ext. 36727. For questions about your child's classroom assignment, please contact Qushanna Glass at 919-560-2000, ext. 91202 or April Washington at 919-560-2000, ext. 36727.