Special Education

Our Special Education Coordinator is Mrs. Sara Ritter. You may contact her at the Winston County Board of Education - P.O. Box 9 - Double Springs, AL 35553 or by phone at 205-489-3439.


Child Find

The Winston County School System is committed to identifying and serving children with disabilities, birth to twenty-one, who need special education and related services.

We participate in Child Find which is a program designed to locate, identify and evaluate children with disabilities or those who are suspected of having disabilities.

Studies have shown early identification and intervention can prevent more severe disabilities from developing, decrease the need for costly, long-term programs and services, and reduce the emotional costs to parents and children.

Children may be identified and served in one of the following categories:

1) Autism
2) Deaf-Blindness
3) Developmental Delay
4) Emotional Disturbance
5) Hearing Impairment
6) Mental Retardation
7) Multiple Disabilities
8) Orthopedic Impairment
9) Other Health Impairment
10) Specific Learning Disability
11) Speech and Language Impairment
12) Traumatic Brain Injury
13) Visual Impairment


Compliance Verification Forms

Autism CVF  -  Autism Compliance Verification Form
DeafBlindness CVF  -  Deaf/Blindness Compliance Verification Form
Developmental Delay CVF  -  Developmental Delay Compliance Verification Form
Emotional Disability CVF  -  Emotional Disability Compliance Verification Form
Hearing Impairment CVF  -  Hearing Impairment Compliance Verification Form
IEP Process CVF  -  IEP Process Compliance Verification Form
Intellectual Disability CVF  -  Intellectual Disability Compliance Verification Form
Multiple Disabilities CVF  -  Multiple Disabilities Compliance Verification Form
Orthopedic Impairment CVF  -  Orthopedic Impairment Compliance Verification Form
Other Health Impairment CVF  -  Other Health Impairment Compliance Verification Form
Reevaluation Process CVF  -  Reevaluation Process Compliance Verification Form
Referral Initial Eval and Eligibility CVF  -  Referral Initial Eval and Eligibility Compliance Verification Form
Specific Learning Disability CVF  -  Specific Learning Disability Compliance Verification Form
Speech or Language Impairment CVF  -  Speech or Language Impairment Compliance Verification Form
Traumatic Brain Injury CVF  -  Traumatic Brain Injury Compliance Verification Form
Visual Impairment CVF  -  Visual Impairment Compliance Verification Form

Other Information

60-Day Timeline Chart (printable)

Alabama Alternate Assessment Information

Mastering the Maze April 2015

Alabama Division of Special Education Services Administrative Code

IEP Accommodations Forms February 2015 (choose the IEP Accommodations TAB)

SETS June 2015 - Training videos covering the basic functionality of the SETS program.

Help Document for Gifted Referral and Eligibility  Process (2015)

Gifted Program
Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist. For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of aptitude, characteristics, and performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.