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Special Education Services Staff

Director - Megan de Nobriga
Secretary/Bookkeeper - Kerri Malcolm
Secretary - Alisha Pickel
School Psychologist - Rhonda McCoy
School Psychologist - Grayson Byrd
Parent Resource Center Liaison -
Coordinator of Student Services - Will Scheuer
Foster Care/Homeless Liaison - Will Scheuer 

K-12 Special Education Study and 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 school division should have provided you with an opportunity to participate in a short survey, which VDOE will use to collect the necessary data to report on this requirement. 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 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

The survey will be available through December 10, 2021.

To complete the survey, please use the following link: Parent Survey - English Version

En Español:

Cada año escolar el Departamento de Educación de Virginia (VDOE) está obligado informar al Departamento de Educación del Estados Unidos el “por ciento de los padres con un niño que recibe servicios de educación especial que las escuelas facilitaron la participación de los padres como un medio para mejorar los servicios y resultados para los niños con discapacidades.” Su división escolar local debe haberle proporcionado una oportunidad para participar en una encuesta que VDOE utilizará para recopilar los datos necesarios para informar sobre este requisito. Su participación en esta encuesta ayudará VDOE recopilar información adicional para identificar necesidades de formación relacionadas con los procesos de educación especial. El VDOE utilizará los resultados de esta encuesta para mejorar la participación de los padres en el proceso de educación especial y mejorar los resultados para todos los estudiantes dentro del estado libre asociado (Commonwealth). Es importante tener en cuenta que sus respuestas son recordadas de forma anónima y no puede ser ligado personalmente a su hijo.

Los padres que tienen más de un niño que recibe servicios de educación especial deben presentar una encuesta para cada niño que recibe servicios.

Al completar esta encuesta usted pidemas que contestará preguntas diseñadas para hacerle reflexionar sobre sus experiencias durante el de pasado año escolar? Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre esta encuesta, por favor póngase en contacto con Tracy Lee, por teléfono, a (804) 225-3492, o por correo electrónico, a

Para completar la encuesta, utilice el siguiente enlace: Encuesta para padres - En español

Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services…we need your help!
Please click the link below to complete a short survey about your satisfaction with special education services in Bristol Virginia Public Schools.  A hardcopy of this survey will be sent home with your student after school begins.  You only need to complete one version, either hardcopy or online. We appreciate your feedback!  This year’s deadline to complete and submit survey responses, in any modality, is December 16, 2022.

What Is Special Education?

Special Education means instruction, specially designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, which is offered at no cost to the parent or guardian.  Bristol Virginia Public Schools offer a wide variety of services to students ages 2 through 21, who are determined to have a disabling condition.  Also, evaluation and referral to early educational intervention (help) for children with disabilities is very important and can improve the quality of life a child with disabilities.

Disability Determination Categories
  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delays
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impaired/Deaf
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment           

Please remember, not every child who is experiencing difficulty in school has a disability.  Not every child who has a disability will need Special Education Services.  A child must have a disability which negatively affects his/her educational or developmental progress and he or she must be formally evaluated before eligibility for Special Education Services can be determined. 

Annual Resources for Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities


The Department of Education shall annually prepare and distribute to local school boards packets of information describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as deaf or hard of hearing or visually impaired. Local school boards shall annually post this information on the school division's website and inform the parents of those students who are identified as deaf or hard of hearing or visually impaired of its availability. School boards shall ensure that packets of such information are available in an accessible format for review by parents who do not have Internet access.


Child Find is the federally mandated process designed to identify, locate and evaluate children who are birth to age 21, inclusive, who are in need of special education and related services as defined in the Virginia Regulations.  This includes children who are home-schooled or home-tutored, children who are mobile, including those who are homeless or migrant, and who are wards of the state; children who are under 18, who are suspected of having a disability who need special education and related services, and who are incarcerated in a regional or local jail for 10 or more days; and children who are suspected of being children with disabilities, even though they are advancing from grade to grade. 
Bristol Virginia Public Schools provides special education and related services for children who will be at least two years old on or by September 30th of the current school year.
Bristol Virginia Public Schools conducts public awareness activities on an ongoing basis.  Child Find is the required process of locating children in need of referral.  Brochures are distributed to local public agencies and private schools as well as physicians’ offices and other locations in the community to inform the public of referral services.  Newspaper announcements are also used for the Child Find Campaign.  The Parent-Teacher Resource Center assists with notifying and collaborating with parents and community members.
BVPS is also required to identify children who are parentally placed in private schools located within Bristol Virginia City, even if they reside outside of Bristol City.


The Code of Virginia  and The Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia  has specific screening requirements for all students in public schools.
Screening results must be documented on a screening form and filed in a confidential manner in each student’s scholastic record.  Parents must be informed of the results of the screening.Screening timelines are as follows:
  • Hearing & Vision – within 60 administrative days of the opening of the school year for all children in grades K, 3, 7, & 10.
  • Speech, Voice, Language, and Fine & Gross Motor – within 60 administrative days of the opening of school for all new enrollees including those in kindergarten and those who transfer in the school division for the first time.
The screening may take place up to 60 business days prior to the start of school or 60 days from the start of the school year.  Screenings reported as part of the student’s pre-school physical examination may be recognized as fulfilling this requirement. Written notice to parents must be provided to parents within 30 days of the screening.
Children who fail any of the above screenings may be rescreened if the original results are not considered valid.  Results from screening(s) may suggest that a referral for evaluation for special education and related services is indicated.
BVPS offers free developmental screenings for preschool-aged children (ages 2-5) suspected of  possible developmental delays.  Depending upon screening results, some children are referred to the preschool child study team.  Parents and school professionals discuss screening results and determine if an evaluation for possible special education services are warranted.


Referrals to the Child Study Team can be made in writing, electronically, or verbally to a principal or Child Study Chair (special education designee) regardless of whether the child is enrolled in public school.  Anyone can make a referral, including parents, school staff, the Child Study Team, the VDOE or any other state agency, or other individual.  (Please note that if the referral comes from someone other than a parent or school staff, the parent must provide written consent for the exchange of information between the individual and school staff.) The Child Study Chair (special education designee) will schedule the Child Study meeting, ensuring that the parent and all required team members receive written notification of the meeting.
The Child Study Team must convene within 10 business days to consider the referral.  Please contact the Child Study Chair at your child's school (see below):
Van Pelt Elementary – Melanie Young
Stonewall Jackson Elementary- Tracey Mercier
Highland View Elementary – Ted Shannon
Washington Lee Elementary – Vida Diehl
Virginia Middle – Curtis Price
Virginia High – Mitzy Graham
Any student – Dr. Megan de Nobriga, Director of Special Education 276-821-5635