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Walton County School District

Exceptional Student Education and Psychological Services

Surrogate Parents for Exceptional Students

  • Get in the Game: Join the ESE Team as a Surrogate Parent for an Exceptional Student - surrogate pamphlet 07.pdf (837.5 KBs)
  • Get in the Game: Become a Surrogate Parent for an Exceptional Student in Our Community - surrogate flyer 07.pdf (94.0 KBs)

“Evaluations for Special Education Services” Information for Parents

Educational Rights to Privacy

To protect the privacy of families who children are in school, states and the federal government have established legal statutes to keep private the education records that schools maintain on students. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits access to education records without parental consent.

McKay Scholarship Program

 Florida's school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarships Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of a special needs student who is dissatisfied with the student’s current school may choose to transfer the student to another public school.

Main Line: (850) 245-0502 | Toll-Free School Choice Hotline: (800) 447-1636 |

Child Find

All children with disabilities residing in the state of Florida, including children with disabilities who are homeless children or are wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools who are in need of special education and related services are to be identified, located, and evaluated.

Free child-find screenings are scheduled for prekindergarten children ages three (3) through five (5) throughout the year. Children are screened in the areas of speaking/listening, motor movement, social skills, vision and hearing.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech, communication, behavior, learning, vision, hearing or motor skills, please call or text 850-332-3115 to request a screening appointment.  Registration for a screening appointment can also be requested by completing the registration form at this link:

Parent Survey

How well is your school supporting your involvement in your child’s education? Parents receiving a survey are encouraged to take part in this unique opportunity. The results of the survey are used by the Florida Department of Education and the district to improve programming for your child. No names will be released in any report and all responses are confidential.

IDEA—Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

As a parent you are entitled to information about your rights under IDEA. Procedure safeguards are in place and are intended to ensure that you have the opportunity to be a partner in the educational decisions made regarding your child. For specifics, visit the IDEA US Dept. of Education

Clearinghouse Information Center provides information, materials, and resources to help parents understand their child’s exceptionality, their child’s right to a free appropriate education, and the processes and activities that are involved in exceptional student education.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - Annual Project Application for IDEA Part B Funds. Parents of children with disabilities may participate in the District’s development of the annual project application submitted to the Florida Department of Education by July 1 each year. The following methods to participate are suggested:

  • Parents may offer suggestions for project planning during classroom activities or during the IEP development process.
  • Parents may offer suggestions for project planning to the District Advisory Council.
  • Parents may offer suggestions for project planning to the School Improvement Team.
  • Parents may offer suggestions for project planning by contacting the District ESE Parent Liaison.