Distance Learning Plan

Quitman County Special Education  Distance Learning Plan

During Distance Learning, our special education staff (which includes special education teachers, support staff, speech and language pathologists, school psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists) will provide special education services using a variety of different strategies and online platforms based on an individual student’s needs. Distance Learning will include tools such as instructional videos, online access to educational programs, virtual live sessions, parent consultation, and additional resources which will be on Microsoft Teams for student centers.  Special education staff will collaborate with families to determine what services are needed during Distance Learning. In addition, special education staff will collaborate regularly with general education teachers in order for students to access the general education curriculum with the modifications and accommodations in their Individual Education Plan (IEP). This document will provide families with general understanding of the variety of services the Special Education Department will be offering during this period.  

Special Education Staff will:

  • Provide special education and related services in the IEP through multiple modalities: online learning websites, online instructional materials, paper packets, instructional videos, etc.
  • Individualize materials to meet the needs of each student based on their Individualized Education Program.
  • Individualize access to online learning programs and tools.
  • Collaborate with general education teachers, related service providers and administrators, as needed.
  • Regularly collaborate with families through phone conferences and emails.
  • As appropriate, provide virtual learning sessions with individual students, with parent permission.
  • Provide weekly office hours to families and students. 
  • Continually monitor student progress and adjust services as needed.
  • Follow national and state guidance on the procedures and delivery of services for students with IEP’s.

Please Note: As we continue this journey in Distance Learning, the district plan will adjust as needed in order to make the best effort to deliver the highest quality of services in light of the circumstances.

Response to Intervenion (RTI)

RTI is an integrated approach to service delivery that encompasses general, remedial and special education through a multi-tiered service delivery model. It utilizes a problem solving framework to identify and address academic and behavioral difficulties for all students using scientific, research-based instruction.

American Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA (42 U.S.C. § 12101) is a civil rights law that prohibits discriminationbased on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964,[1] which made discrimination based on racereligionsex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations

Gifted Education

In Georgia, a gifted education student is defined as one who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her ability(ies).

Student Support Teams (SSTs)

Student Support Teams (SSTs), required in every Georgia public school, are teams of educators who meet to solve the academic and behavioral problems that students sometimes have.

Overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals whose physical or mental impairment substantially limits one or more major life activities, including:

  • Caring for one's self
  • Performing manual tasks
  • Walking
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Speaking
  • Breathing
  • Working
  • Learning

Special Education

The Quitman County Schools Special Education Department strives to provide a complete range of services and supports for children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. It is essential that we work interdependently and dutifully by providing assistance related to programming, professional learning, training of personnel, and assuring compliance with legal due process issues. The Special Education Department is committed to providing the assistance needed to ensure that all children with disabilities are receiving the most appropriate services possible. 

This includes individualized instruction to meet a student's educational and social needs in an effort to prepare the student for post-secondary education and/or employment and independent living. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that provides for the education of students with disabilities. All students with disabilities, ages 3-21, have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, with their non-disabled peers, based on identified needs included in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

For additional information contact:

Amye Murdock,
Director of Student Support Services

215 Kaigler Road
Georgetown, Georgia 39854

P: 229-310-7035
F: 229-334-2109

Deirdre Brown,
RTI/SST Coordinator

215 Kaigler Road
Georgetown, Ga 39854

P: 229-334-4298
F: 229-334-4700


Child Find Notice

In accordance with IDEA regulations, the Quitman County School System seeks to ensure that all disabled students (ages 3 – 21) who are in need of special education services within its jurisdiction are identified, located and evaluated, including those attending private and home school. Final identification of students with disabilities and programming for such students occurs only after an appropriate evaluation and a determination by a Placement Team.

If the “Child Find” process determines that a student may require special education and supportive services in order to benefit from regular education, the student shall be referred to the Placement Team to determine the student’s eligibility for Special Education services

If you know of a child with a disability that is not served or attends private or home school, please notify:

Amye Murdock

Quitman County Special Education Director



Alexis Farley, Special Education Teacher -

Tammy Taylor, Special Education Teacher -

Frederick Drake, Special Education Teacher -

Evon Belflower, Paraprofessional -

Annie Banks, Paraprofessional -

Christie Parker, Speech Pathologist -

Courtney Murphy - Special

Hugh Ellington -Special EducationTeacher-

Scott Swantic, Special Education Teacher-

Cheryl Smith- Preschool Special Education

Keshaydra Cunningham-Paraprofessional-

Contract Services, Vision Specialist -

Night to Shine 2018


Behavior Intervention Plan

FY23 Special Education Policies and Procedures

Child Find

Section 504 Policies and Procedures

Section 504 Procedural Safeguards