• The Exceptional Student Support Services (ESSS) Department provides programs and services for students whose needs cannot be met in school without additional support and to assist students with a successful transition from school to community. The Exceptional Student Support Services Department also includes the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) and the Severely Emotionally Disturbed Network (SEDNET).

    Programs specific to Exceptional Student Education (ESE) are:

    · Autism Spectrum Disorder
    · Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
    · Developmentally Delayed
    · Dual Sensory Impaired
    · Emotional Behavior Disability
    · Gifted
    · Hospital or Homebound/Home Instruction
    · Intellectual Disabilities
    · McKay Scholarship
    · Orthopedically Impaired
    · Other Health Impaired
    · Prekindergarten Handicapped
    · Specific Learning Disabled
    · Speech and/ or Language Impaired
    · Traumatic Brain Injury
    · Visually Impaired.

    Student Services provide the district support with:

    · Administrative Hearings
    · Anti-Bullying/ Harassment/Teen Dating Violence
    · Care Team/ Manual
    · Counseling Resources
    · District Intervention Committee
    · Driver’s License Suspensions
    · Expulsions
    · Families in Transition
    · Health Services
    · Homicide/ Suicide Assessments
    · Incarcerated Youth Program
    · Pre-Expulsion Referrals
    · Problem Solving/Response to Intervention/MTSS
    · Psycho-Educational/ 504 Evaluations
    · School Health & Clinics
    · Suicide Assessments
    · Student Code of Conduct & Disciplines
    · Substance Abuse Education, Screening & Counseling
    · Student Work Waivers
    · Teen Parenting
    · Truancy

    Students placed in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs must qualify according to specific guidelines developed by the State and documented in the Hernando County Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures (SP&P) for the education of exceptional students from prekindergarten (age 3) until their 22nd birthday.

    The Student Services division of the Department provides information and assessments to promote mental health and educational development in our children and youth. These focused interventions result in positive academic, social and emotional outcomes for students, families, schools and community members.

    Individual Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, Service Plans (SP), and Educational Plans (EPs) are developed to best meet the students' individual needs in the least restrictive environment. These plans are developed by a team that includes parents, ESSS personnel, general education teachers of the student, the student when turning 14 years of age or older, outside agencies if needed, and any other staff as appropriate.