Department of Programs for Exceptional Children

 Bonnie West,
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Ms. Chapman
 Krista Chapman,
Behavior Liason Specialist

2011 KCS Teacher of the Year
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Mrs Frailey
 Dawna Frailly, OT
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 Jessica Gulley, PT
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Mrs. Graham
 Jan Graham,
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 Every child is uniquely different; look beyond the surface, a gift awaits you.

Kannapolis City Schools Department of Programs for Exceptional Children provides an array of services across the continuum.
  • Kannapolis City Schools provides O.T. services, P.T. Services, Speech and Adapted PE to all students who are eligible on a weekly/daily basis.
  • Kannapolis City Schools has a functioning Autism Problem-Solving team.
  • Every school has special education teachers on staff.
Goals of the Department
  • Every school within the Kannapolis City School District will receive the resources needed to provide specialized instruction for all children identified under IDEA.
  • To intervene as early as possible and provide supports so that the child will be successful in school.
  • To provide professional development opportunities for staff to grow and continue learning on how to best meet the needs of our students.
  • To provide ongoing monitoring for teachers in meeting the goals established through our Continuous Improvement Performance Plan.
Department Awards
  • NCSIP Grant – 2010-11 through 2013. This grant was awarded to help improve reading skills for all of our students. All EC teachers serving grades K-8 are trained in Reading Foundations.
  • Innovative Minigrant Award – This grant was awarded to help establish an Independent Living Center Program at the high school level. 
Individual Awards
Krista Chapman – 2011 Teacher of the Year for Kannapolis City Schools.

Frequently Asked Questions
 Q:  How do I treat an out-of-state student who was receiving services in previous placement? 
 A:  We must provide comparable services until eligibility in the state of NC can be determined. This requires that an initial evaluation occur. The day the student enrolls and you are aware that the child was receiving services starts the 90-day timeline. Eligibility must be determined within 90 days for the student to continue receiving services and the record deemed compliant.
 Q: When is an FBA mandated by law?
 A: Federal regulations and NC Policies require an FBA to be conducted following a disciplinary change of placement when the LEA, parent and relevant members of the IEP Team determine that the conduct was a manifestation of the student’s disability. This is the only time an FBA is mandated. If you indicate that the student has behaviors which impede his/her learning on the IEP, you must complete a FBA.
 Q: When does the start date and the implementation date of the IEP differ from the meeting date?
 A: If an IEP meeting is scheduled and the parent does not attend. The IEP team can meet if sufficient notice has been given to the parent. However, decisions made on the IEP cannot be implemented until the parent is given sufficient notice (7 days) to review the decisions made. This is when the implementation and the start date differ from the meeting date. The end date of the IEP should reflect one day before a full 365-day cycle occurs.
 Q: When does the 90-day timeline start?
 A: First notification of parent referral. If a parent requests testing; we are obligated to assist the parent in completing a referral form. If the SST Team refers a child to the EC team, that starts the 90-day timeline. It is not when the parent is scheduled to come in and sign the DEC 1 and DEC 2 for testing.
 Q: Who should a parent first contact if they have a concern about their child?
 A: Parents should filter concerns through the school administrators first before calling the EC office.
When should teachers contact the EC office?
  • If records have been requested from a previous school and after two weeks, the record still has not arrived.
  • If a child is in need of services and help is needed at the eligibility meeting with the parents.
  • When new students enroll so that demographics can be referred.
  • Before a situation becomes problematic.
  • Parents should call when needing guidance on programs, services and child find processes.
  • Teachers should not call during Headcount to inform us that the deadline has been missed. Prior notice is given weeks in advance.

Ms. Pruitte
 Deborah Pruitte,
Administrative Assistant
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Mrs. Hyde
 Terri Hyde,
CECAS Data Manager
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 Laura McFaddin,
CECAS Data Manager
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Mrs. Hagler
 Kim Hagler,
Adaptive PE
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