To ensure compliance under the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 04), the Office of Exceptional Children is responsible for the supervision of all educational programs and services being provided to children with disabilities residing in Florence County School District Three. The Office conducts "Child Find," a program to find and appropriately serve students who are suspected of having disabilities and of being in need of special education. These children may be attending school and progressing from grade to grade, or they may not have gone to school yet. They may go to a private school or move a lot the way migrant students or homeless students do.
The goal of the services provided through this office is to ensure that every student with a disability residing in its jurisdiction is provided a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and that these programs and services have appropriate personnel who have knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of children with disabilities.