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Public Notice: Destruction of Special Education Records

The Lee County School District would like to make Parents/Guardians, Former Students, and Eligible (Adult) Students aware that Special Education records of students who graduated during or before the 2016-17 school year will be disposed of starting May 31, 2020.

Special Education records collected by the Lee County School District, relate to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education in the district. In accordance with Federal and State laws, these records must be maintained for a period of 3 years after Special Education Services have ended for the student. Special Education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his or her educational program at the age of 21, or moves from the district.

This notification is solely to provide awareness to the students who graduated in May 2017 or before. If no student, parent or guardian responds to this public notice, the school district will assume consent to destroy all Special Education records specific to the student after May 31, 2020. Requests for copies of student records can be made to Carla Lyons, Director of Special Education at the Lee County Board of Education. You may contact her by calling (606) 464-5000.

What is IDEA-B? 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, (IDEA-B) provides funding for free public education to all students with disabilities ages three through seventeen. In addition, it requires local school districts to continue identifying, locating, and evaluating all students with disabilities up to age twenty-one. 

IDEA-B funds can only be used for the excess costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities. Lee County uses IDEA-B funds for contract services we provide, including but not limited to psychological, medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, special equipment, teaching materials and teacher aides to assist with identified children. 

Lee County also provides special education and related services to student with disabilities ages 3-5.

Public Service Announcement

All children can learn, but some learn differently. Some children need more help than others because they have a disability. We can help by accepting individual differences: at home, at work and at school. Your local schools urge you, through Child Find, to give every child a chance to learn. If you have or know of an infant, toddler, child, or youth who has a disability and is not receiving needed special help, please call.

Birth to 3 years – Contact First Steps – (877) 417-8377

Children and youth 3 to 21 years – Contact Lee County School District /Carla Lyons @ 464-5082