CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning is seeking public comment on revisions to the state Board of Education’s special education policy for public schools. Comments can be made at a series of public hearings to be held at five locations across the state this month, or submitted in writing to the department. Changes to federal regulations effective Dec. 31, 2008 and clarifications issued since the policy was adopted in 2007 prompted the revisions.
The schedule is as follows:
· Oct. 13, Capital High School in Charleston
· Oct. 15, Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling
· Oct. 21, Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg
· Oct. 22, Martinsburg South Middle School, Martinsburg
· Oct. 27, RESA I Office, Beckley
All hearings will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. except for the Wheeling hearing, which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A sign language interpreter will be available at each public hearing.
Policy 2419: Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities and the comment form are posted on the department Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies. In addition to the hearing opportunity, written comments will be accepted online or by mail during the comment period Oct. 13 through Nov. 12. For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education at (800) 642-8541 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
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