• Caswell County Schools

    Exceptional Children Department

    COVID -19: Its Impact on

    Special Education

    The State of North Carolina has closed all schools in North Carolina beginning March 16, 2020 until May 15 or longer depending on the directives of Governor Cooper in order to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.  

    Caswell County Schools is working on alternative methods to continue as much instruction as possible for all of our students.  Staff are developing work packets for home, modeling skills and instruction using different virtual resources, and communicating directly with parents/students to review lessons.

    The EC teachers in Caswell County Schools are also using similar instructional tools to support our students with IEPs.  Our goal is to allow the students to continue to progress in the curriculum as well as in their IEP goals as much as we are able during this unique time of uncertainty.

    IEP teams will continue to conduct the annual IEP meetings using phone conferences and/or virtual meeting programs, i.e. Google Hangouts.  Our goal is to make sure that the teams continue to review the progress of students with IEPs and develop new goals that will continue to support the students now and when we return back to school.

    Per federal and state guidance, once normal school operations resume, the district will review the impact this pandemic may have caused on the progress of our students with IEP and make plans accordingly.


     Special Education and Related Services

    Caswell County Schools provides special education and related services according to the federal mandates of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act and the regulations of the North Carolina Public School Law, Article 9.

    Caswell County Schools Exceptional Children Department serves about 450 students with special needs, ages 3- 21. The school system provides a continuum of service to meet individual student needs. Whenever possible, students are served in schools in their base attendance area with support from special education and related services and/or building modifications.  For students who require a separate setting or more intensive services in order to benefit from their special education, programs may be clustered centrally but continue to be based on school campuses that house age appropriate peers.

    The Public Schools of North Carolina, Exceptional Children Division provides local units with detailed policies for the delivery of special education services. These rules and regulations are detailed in Policies Governing Services for Children With Disabilities, Amended July 2014  from the Department of Public Instruction.

    Services are provided under the following categorical designations:

  • COVID-19 and IEP Meetings in Caswell County effective March 16, 2020

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Deaf-Blindness (DB)

  • Deafness (DF)

  • Developmentally Delayed (DD)

  • Emotional Disability (ED) (also referred to as Serious Emotional Disability)

  • Hearing Impairment (HI)

  • Intellectual Disability (ID)

  • Multiple Disabilities (MU)

  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)

  • Other Health Impaired (OHI)

  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

  • Speech or Language Impairment (SI)

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Visual Impairment (VI)


  • Nelson Showalter

    Director of Exceptional Children / 504 Coordinator

    (336) 694-4116 ext. 75


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  • Tonya Pleasant 

    EC Data Manager / Administrative Assistant

    (336) 694-4116 ext. 70


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  • Shana LeGrant

    EC/Preschool/Special Needs Coordinator

    (336) 694-4116 ext. 71


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  • Joe Bunch

    School Psychologist

    336-694-4116 ext. 73


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  • Lauren Appel

    Behavior Support Liason

    (336) 694-4116 ext. 72


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