Moore County's Services for Students with Disabilities page

Services for Students with Disabilities

Child Find
What is Project Child Find?
An effort coordinated by your local school system 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.
-Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies.

Who are the Children?
Children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance.

What Help is Available?
A complete evaluation and, if appropriate,
-An Individualized Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age three,
-An Individual Family Service Plan for each child with a disability birth through 2, or
-A referral to other agencies when needed.

For further information regarding Child Find or if you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and/or related services, click here or please contact Marcy Cooper at [email protected]  or 910-947-2342.

Parent Rights & Responsibilities in Special Education: NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards
Handbook (English; Española)

This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources can be found in the appendices.

If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student’s school principal, teacher, or MCS EC Department.

EC Division Website
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division

The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment.

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for Families
MTSS for Families

What is NC MTSS?
Family engagement within an MTSS is defined as the active and meaningful partnerships that educators build and maintain with students’ families for the purpose of supporting student learning. It embodies the idea that all parties are equally invested in the student’s educational experience and all parties bring knowledge and skills of equal value to the table to work together.
This linked infographic is intended to support NC families in understanding what NC educators are referring to when they are talking about an MTSS.

What is "support"?
NC schools that are implementing an MTSS may talk about support for students. To further define that support, NC organizes these supports around the instruction, the curriculum, and the environment. This linked infographic is intended to promote understanding and conversations around how school teams are providing these supports to all, some, and a few students based on needs.

New to Moore County Schools (MCS)
If you are new to MCS and have questions about special education, please visit our parent resources webpage or contact our Military Liaison, Ms. Erika Funk or our EC Director, Marcy Cooper.

In order to make your student’s transition into MCS go smoothly, it is very important to provide your student’s new school copies of the following information during registration:
-Most recent psychoeducational report, eligibility, evaluation and/or reevaluation report;
-Current individualized education program (IEP); and
-Contact information for your student’s previous school and school district.
These items will support a successful transition between your student’s old and new school and will ensure that appropriate services and supports are made available.

What to Expect
For out of state students:
Once you have shared your student’s special education records, school staff will invite you to a meeting to discuss comparable services, or services similar to or the same as, provided on your student’s most recent IEP. During the meeting, school staff will also describe the initial eligibility process that occurs when students move from out of state and the timeline in which an initial North Carolina (NC) IEP will be developed.

For in state students but new to MCS:
School staff will begin implementing your student’s current NC on their first day of school. An invitation to review and revise your student’s IEP may be scheduled. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss your student’s transition to a new school and to determine if any adjustments to the services and supports currently being provided are needed.

Dispute Resolution
From time to time, disagreements between families and schools may occur regarding the development and implementation a student’s individualized education program (IEP). It is highly recommended that the following steps be considered in order to resolve differences quickly.

First--Talk to your child's teacher about your concerns.   Second--Talk to the Principal at your child's school about your concerns.   If you still have concerns, contact MCS EC Director.

Local Exceptional Children Department Contacts
Transition (Infant-Toddler Program to School-Age Program) - Dr. Laura Shipman
Preschool Program Specialist - Dr. Laura Shipman
Elementary Program Specialist - Jessica Kellermann
Middle/High Program Specialist - Leah Bartram
Autism - Sarah Chapman
 EC Compliance/Parentally Placed Private School Students - Kaitlin Yourous
EC Assistant Director- Neil Waters
EC Director -Marcy Cooper

Please email the contacts above or call 910-947-2342 with any questions.

  • Moore County Schools
  • 5277 Hwy. 15-501 South, Carthage, NC28327
  • 910-947-2976
  • 910-947-3011
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