Welcome to the Arlington Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC). The PRC is a resource and information center for families, staff and community members. The PRC’s mission is to provide parents the support and information they need as they work with the school system to identify and meet their child’s unique learning needs.
The PRC offers support and assistance, a lending library, a parent newsletter, parent training workshops, and serves as an information and referral source for families and staff members.
The PRC’s Family Resource and Information Guide is designed to provide step by step support to families who have a child with a disability, or suspect their child may have a disability, in navigating the special education process, collaborating with school staff, and accessing community resources.
Visit the Guide to learn more about the special education process, and contact the Parent Resource Center for information on how to proceed if you are concerned about your child’s academic, social and/or emotional development.
We look forward to connecting with you!
What’s New? TWO Surveys for Families, One Survey for Middle and High School Students
Parent and Student Surveys
The APS Department of Planning and Evaluation is conducting an evaluation of special education and Section 504 services. As part of the evaluation, we are inviting parents and students in middle and high school to participate in an online survey. Both surveys may take 5-10 minutes to complete, and will cover topics such as services and support your child receives, and support you receive as a parent or guardian. The surveys will close on November 9. Thank you for your support of this evaluation!
Special Education Surveys
- Parent Survey: Special Education (English, Spanish)
- Middle and High School Student Survey: Special Education (English, Spanish)
Section 504 Surveys
- Parent Survey: Section 504 (English, Spanish)
- Middle and High School Student Survey: Section 504 (English, Spanish)
A note on confidentiality: This survey is completely confidential. Our evaluation contractor, PCG Education, is administering the survey and has taken several steps to guarantee confidentiality. PCG will have access to individual survey responses, but this information is not connected to anyone’s name and will never be shared with APS staff. PCG will provide a summary of survey results at the district level and also by group (for example, by grade level). If there are fewer than 10 responses from any particular group, those responses will not be reported for the group, but will still be included in the district results.
Virginia Department of Education Annual Parent 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.” Your participation in this survey will help VDOE collect additional information to identify training needs related to the special education processes. 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 2017-2018 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDOE2018English
Spanish Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDOE2018Espanol
Note: Paper versions of the VDOE survey were mailed home recently. To request an English/Spanish paper version of the survey, please cntact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRC Event notices and updates are sent out through APS School Talk. If you would like to be added to the PRC announcements list, please go to the APS School Talk page and sign up for our Special Interest list by selecting “Special Education”.