Rockbridge County Schools are committed to providing all children with opportunities to benefit from public school education. Special education programs and services are available to county residents who have children with special needs and qualify for support. Services are designed to meet those needs and to provide educational opportunities in the general curriculum to the extent possible. 

    Age of eligibility for services includes those students whose second birthday falls on or before September 30, and who have not reached their 22nd  birthday on or before September 30 (two to 21, inclusive).   

    Services are provided to students in the following disability categories as defined by federal and state law: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental delay, emotional disability, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment including blindness.  

    Child Find - A process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities

    Child Study Team Process - Timelines/Process beginning with a referral for assistance

    Special Education Cycle - Timelines/Process beginning with a referral for special education evaluation

    Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired

    Your Family's Special Education Rights Procedural Safeguards (English)

    Your Family's Special Education Rights Procedural Safeguards (Spanish)


    NewThe state of Virginia is a recipient of a grant received by the Waterford Upstart program. This
    program provides a unique opportunity for families to participate in the Waterford Upstart
    Summer Learning Path to support home-based kindergarten readiness delivered via
    technology over the summer. When parents are given the tools and knowledge to support
    their children, everyone wins. Every parent is empowered as their child’s first teacher right in
    the home.

    The Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path is FREE to both families and school districts.
    This program is funded through a grant from the Overdeck Family Foundation. This program is
    available for families who will have a kindergarten eligible child in fall 2022. Families are
    encouraged to sign up soon, as the program kicks off on June 6.

    ● Research-based, efficacious, award-winning reading and math/science instruction
    delivered to each child for 20-25 minutes daily.

    ● Weekly family support through a family coach to encourage the family through literacy
    knowledge, preparation for supporting a school-age child, and usage tracking. This
    personalized support is available in over 20 languages.
    ● All necessary hardware, software, and infrastructure for each family (including
    software for each family, as well as a Dell laptop and internet when needed). As an
    added bonus, families who complete the program successfully will get to keep their
    laptops at the end of the program!
    ● Software licenses for all children in the home, including those who are not
    participating in the program directly, but may require additional reading, math, and
    science support.
    ● Pre/Post Assessment and efficacy research.

    ● Families can register for the Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path directly by
    completing the registration form online at www.waterfordupstart.org or by calling 1-888-982-9898.
    ● Eligible children are those entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022, who reside within




    Advisory Council - The Rockbridge Area Special Education Advisory Council (RASEAC) serves the schools divisions of Rockbridge County, Lexington City, and Buena Vista City

     RASEAC Bylaws


    2022 Family Engagement Survey

    Each school year, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the "Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities."  The VDOE will use the results of this survey to improve parental involvement in the special education process and improve outcomes for all students within the Commonwealth.  It is important to note that your responses are recorded anonymously and cannot be personally linked to your child.

    Parents who have more than one child receiving special education services should submit one survey for each child receiving services.

    When completing this survey you will answer questions designed to cause you to reflect upon your experiences during the past school year. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Tracy Lee, VDOE family engagement specialist, via telephone, at (804) 225-3492, or via e-mail, at Tracy.Lee@doe.virginia.gov. 

    English Version ----- English Version of SY 2021 - 2022 Indicator 8 Parent Survey


    Spanish Version ---- Spanish Version of SY 2021 - 2022 Indicator 8 Parent Survey