Parents of Students in Special Education- VDOE Survey

Each school year, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the “Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.”  To gather this year’s data, the School Year 2018-2019 Indicator 8 parent survey response collection period will continue through January 31, 2020.  As was done with last year’s survey collection, a printed survey and a postage paid return envelope will be sent to each local educational agency’s special education administrator in quantities to match the agency’s reported December 1 child count, plus an additional 10 percent.  The printed survey will be available for distribution beginning in August 2019.  Once received, a copy of this survey should be provided to each of your families who have a child with a disability being provided special education services through an individualized education program (IEP).  Families who have more than one child receiving special education services should be afforded the opportunity to complete a survey for each of their children. 

There is also an online survey for parents to complete in lieu of the printed survey.  The online survey is now open for completion in English and Spanish versions at the following web links:

English Version —– English Version of 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Survey

Spanish Version —– Spanish Version of 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Survey

PTRC recognized at the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education 2019 Annual Spring Conference

Caroline County Public Schools was recognized at the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education 2019 Annual Spring Conference.
Caroline County’s Parent Teacher Resource Center’s Family Fair was singled out by the Office of Facilities and Family Engagement for their outreach to the community. 

Dr. Samantha Hollins, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education and Student Services with the Virginia Department of Education Leaders, presented the State of the Commonwealth address giving the state’s perspective on the latest information relative to the administration of special education. The semi-annual Family Fair is a resource and training event focused on getting parents more engaged in their student’s educational pursuits and progress.
Congratulations to the Parent Teacher Resource Center!

News from the Caroline County Public Schools – Parent Teacher Resource Center – 5-17-2019

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –  Parent Teacher Resource Center
Final meeting this school year -SEAC – meeting – 4:30 pm at the PTRC Monday, 05/20/19 
 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 
Join us for a presentation from Woodrow Wilson staff, and Caroline County students who have participated in the PERT program.

For more info CLICK HERE   
To be added to the agenda, contact Wendy Sneed, SEAC Chairperson –  804-572-6291  
or Susan Gayle at the PTRC at or

The Caroline County Special Education Advisory Committee works with the school board, administrators, parents and teachers who are responsible for students receiving special education services.    To advise the local school system of the needs in the education of children with disabilities.   To assist the local school system in the development of long-range plans which will provide needed services for children with disabilities.   To submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the local school board.  To review annually the school system’s updated special education plan and application for federal funding. To hold a minimum of six regular meetings, which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  
To apply for SEAC membership: Application

 Organizational Skills

  • ​Organizational skills help children do well in school and stay on track at home. But for a lot of kids, staying organized is a challenge. To help you and your family reduce stress and take the guesswork out of time management and planning, the Child Mind Institute collected their best information on strategies for skill-building, schedule-making, shoe-finding and much more.
  • Organization Skills By Kid Sense
    Organisation is important to develop a structured and consistent approach to tasks at all times, but is even more important for those with poor planning and sequencing, language challenges, attention difficulties and learning difficulties.This site by Kid Sense is full of easy to understand information. I think it’s worth a look!

Struggling with getting Social Security Disability benefits?
Each year, thousands of people in Virginia apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, 70 percent of initial claims are denied. But, there are ways you can improve your chances of getting approved for benefits.Read the disAbility Law Center’s article on 5 Tips When Seeking a Social Security Disability Benefit

  • are tax-advantaged savings programs that won’t impact certain disability benefits. ABLEnow is administered by Virginia529, making taxpayers eligible for an annual state income tax deduction of up to $2,000 per contributor for contributions to an ABLEnow account. Learn more and start your savings at


  • For most students, the goal of their IEP is to get rid of their IEP. Why is that? Because providing a student with unnecessary accommodations does not prepare them for the ‘real world’. Don’t forget – when your child leaves high school, their IEP does NOT come with them. Which means they will have greater success in the post-secondary world if they have been developing the skills needed to navigate the world as a grown up. Don’t forget what I always say – when you graduate, you do not eat at the IEP Taco Bell or shop at the IEP mall. 
    When working with the IEP team, it’s always best to presume competence and provide support in the least restricted way possible.
  • PEATC is offering Transition University this June
    Transition University will offer a free, 4-session self-paced online series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world.
  • Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically – Problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed.
    It’s clear that adolescents making the transition from high school to college need not only academic skills to ace the classwork, and time-management skills to stay afloat, but emotional problem-solving skills to handle the challenges. Posted by Child Mind Institute-