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Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) will meet quarterly this year on the following dates:


Tuesday, October 24

Tuesday, January 23

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 30


Meetings will begin at 12 noon at the

Bristol Virginia Public School Board Office at 280 Lee Street, Bristol, VA 24201

Meetings are open to the public

What is the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)?

Bristol Virginia Special Education Advisory Committee works with the school board, administrators, parents, and teachers who are responsible for students receiving special education services.

Who are the students receiving special education services?

They are students who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:
  • autism
  • deaf-blindness
  • developmental delay
  • emotional disability
  • hearing impairment
  • intellectual disability
  • multiple disabilities
  • orthopedic impairment
  • specific learning disability
  • speech/language impairment
  • traumatic brain injury
  • visual impairment
  • other health impairment

Who serves on the committee?

The SEAC whose members are appointed by the school board, is comprised of:
  • persons with disabilities
  • parents/guardians of students with disabilities
  • public/county human service agency representatives
  • community/civic organization representatives
  • business/industry representatives

The Director of Special Education Services, a special education teacher, and two representatives from the Bristol Virginia School Board serve as consultants to the committee.

When does the SEAC meet?

The SEAC meets quarterly during the year on Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.  Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at Bristol Virginia School Board Office, 280 Lee Street, Bristol, VA.

Who may attend Special Education Advisory Committee Meetings?

All meetings are open to the public.  The SEAC welcomes anyone interested in special education.  There is designated time for public comment during the meeting.  This is an opportunity to share successful educational experiences and express general concerns regarding educational issues for students with disabilities.

What is the function of the Special Education Advisory Committee?
  • to advise the local school division of unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities
  • to assist the local school division in developing plans for improving performance of children with disabilities
  • to participate in the development of priorities for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities
  • to submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the division superintendent for transmission to the local  school board
  • to assist the local school division in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities; and
  • to review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to submission to the local school board and the Virginia Department of Education.

How can the Special Education Advisory Committee help you?

It can help you better understand how to work with the school division and how special education can meet the needs of children and  youth with disabilities.

How can I get more information about attending meetings and/or joining the committee?

If you would like to talk to someone about the SEAC, or get an application for membership, call or email the Director of Special Education Services at (276) 821-5600.