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Exceptional Children

Welcome to the home of Whiteville City Schools' Exceptional Children Department.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Whiteville City Schools' mission of the Exceptional Children Program is to assure that students with disabilities develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education in the least restrictive environment. 

Department Staff
Dr. Phyllis Dunham, Director

Julie Graves, Compliance Specialist, EC Preschool Coordinator

Cathy Lashley, EC Data Manager, CECAS Contact

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Disciplinary Procedures

WCS may suspend any student for certain violations of the student code of conduct. A student with a disability who is removed from their current placement for more than 10 school days must continue to receive educational services, so as to allow him/her to continue to participate in the general education curriculum in another setting; continue to progress toward meeting goals outlined in his/her IEP; AND receive, as appropriate, a functional behavioral assessment (FBA), and behavioral intervention services and modifications that are designed to address the behavior violation.

After 10 school days of suspension, the child’s IEP Team must determine whether the student’s misconduct is a manifestation of the disability. A removal from current placement is generally termed an out-of-school suspension (OSS), in-school suspension (ISS) if special education services are not provided, or a removal from the bus if transportation is a related service on your child’s IEP.

Secondary students who have been recommended for long-term suspension and no manifestation is found may have the opportunity to attend one of the following programs to receive the educational services.