Special Education

Beaufort County School District currently provides Special Education services to 2,226 students with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (IDIEA) based on the 2018 Child CountThe District provides a continuum of Special Education and related services to students attending public schools, community-based day cares, as well as, private and home schools. Special Education means specially designed instruction (34 C.F.R. § 300.39(a)(1)), to address the unique needs of a child that result from the child’s disability to ensure the child has access to the general education curriculum in order to meet the educational standards that apply to all children (34 C.F.R. § 300.39(b)(3)(i) and (ii) by adapting the content, methodology or delivery of instruction. Special Education supports the student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) through the implementation of specially designed instruction, accommodations/modifications, materials and curriculum, as appropriate.

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are required by federal law for all students who meet criteria as a student with a disability. Written by a collaborative team that includes the child’s parents, general education teachers, special educators, related service providers, and community agencies, as appropriate, an IEP documents the educational and related services a student requires to reach specified short- and long-term goals. All students with IEPs are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that includes access to an education that will best prepare them to attain positive post-secondary outcomes.

In order for a student to qualify for Special Education services, a student must meet eligibility as a student with a disability and the child must have specific needs which are so unique that they require specially designed instruction to access the general education curriculum (34 C.F.R. § 300.8).  A student may meet criteria in one of thirteen areas:

 -   Specific Learning Disability

 -  Orthopedic Impairment

 -   Speech-Language Impairment

 -  Other Health Impairment

 -   Developmental Delay

 -  Traumatic Brain Injury

 -   Intellectual Disabilities

 -  Autism

 -   Emotional Disabilities

 -  Multiple Disabilities

 -   Visual Impairment

 -  Deaf-blindness

 -   Deaf and Hard of Hearing


BCSD prides itself in its collaborative team approach on behalf of all students with disabilities.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school and/or Dr. Juliet White, Director of Special Education at (843) 322-5419.

Team Members
Dr. Juliet White
Director of Special Education

Dana Archibald
Special Education Coordinator

Oana Bejan
Special Education Coordinator

Dietra Holmes, Ed.S.
Special Education Coordinator

Rita Jaklitsch, Ed.S.
Special Education Coordinator

Amy Nelson
Special Education Coordinator

Carlene Zierfuss
Special Education Coordinator

Jeanie Silver
Itinerant Vision Specialist

Freda Woodward, M.Ed.
Speech Language/Hearing Specialist

Juliette Ewing
Autism Manager


Support Staff
Jacquerae (Jai) Dowell
Compliance Management Specialist

Anjanette (AJ) Capers
Compliance Management Specialist

Compliance Management Specialist

Damore C. Scoon
Compliance Management Specialist

Shelia Wiley
Compliance Management Specialist