Office of Special Services

Special Education Services

The mission of the Exceptional Children’s Department is to provide equal access to free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) opportunities for students with disabilities. The staff aims to protect from discrimination against students with disabilities; guaranteeing access to free, appropriate public education. Special Education must meet the unique needs of the child and prepare him or her for further education and independent living.
Calhoun County Public Schools offers a full continuum of special education programs and services. Services may include small group or individualized instruction, assistive technology, and rehabilitation aids such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. 
Exceptional Children

Empower. Compete. Succeed.

Students may qualify for services through identification in one or more of the following areas of disability:

• Autism
• Deaf and Hard of Hearing
• Deaf-blindness 
• Developmental Delay
• Emotional Disability
• Intellectual Disability (Mild, Moderate, Severe)
• Multiple Disabilities
• Orthopedic Impairment
• Other Health Impaired
• Specific Learning Disability
• Speech or Language Impairment
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Visual Impairment

Our high school students participated in work-related opportunities with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Center of Orangeburg. This opportunity allows our students the chance to gain employment experiences as a student. This opportunity could pave the way for possible full-time employment once the student exits Calhoun County High School.

Special Education Guides and Forms

The Calhoun County Public School District acknowledges and supports the rights of all students to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that will enable them to develop their unique talents and abilities, thus preparing them to participate in and serve their community with dignity and pride. We offer a continuum of services and programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities that will assist in molding productive citizens.

Student Services

McKinney Vento


The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; staying in motels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative; staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings.


The district's McKinney-Vento Liason is Dr. Treda Keith-Nelson.  Her contact information is (803) 655-2631 or

Foster Care

Dr. Treda Keith-Nelson is the contact for our district for Foster Care.

Exceptional Children/Student Services Staff