Exceptional Children

Programs & Services

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 is a federal law that requires public schools to make adjustments so that students with certain disabilities can learn and participate in settings like other students who do not have disabilities. To be eligible for servces under Section 504, a student must have a condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A team decides if a student is eligible. The team should include the student's parent or legal guardian, guidance counselor, a school nurse, and other school staff. If the student is eligible, the team develops an individual accomodation plan. The individual accomodation plan explains how the student's needs will be met while at school and may include health services for the student during the school day if needed.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Students, ages 3-21 years, may receive services under the IDEA if the student needs special education and related services to benefit from his or her educational program. A team decides if a student qualifies for services under the individualized education program (IEP) if the student meets federal and state requirements. The IEP outlines a plan for helping the student receive a free appropriate public education and meet goals set by the team. The IEP may include health services for the student during the school day if needed.

Medical Homebound Instruction

Medical homebound instruction is a service that is available for students who cannot attend school for medical reason even with the aid of transportation. A physician must certify that the student has such a medical condition, but may benefit from instruction, and must fill out the medical homebound form that the school district provides. The school district then decides whether to approve the student for medical homebound services. The school district will consider the severity of the student's illness or injury, the length of time that the student will be out of school, the impact that a long period away from school will have on the student's academic success, and whether the student's health needs can be met at school.

Gifted and Talented Program

Gifted and talented students are those who are identified in grades 3-12 as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic and/or artistic areas and therefore require an educational program beyond that normally provided by the general school program in order to achieve their potential. To learn more please visit the Gifted and Talented page.


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Nondiscrimination Statement

Dillon District 3 does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, immigrant status, English-speaking status, and therefore commits itself to nondiscrimination in all its education and employment activities.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act; Denise Gallant, Director of Exceptional Children. For all other inquiries contact Dr. John M. Kirby, Jr. , Superintendent. You may call 843-752-7101 or contact Dillon School District 3 at 205 King Street, Latta, SC 29565.

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Contact Info

Denise Gallant

Director of Exceptional Children




Sandra Jones

School Psychologist




Gretchen Whitman

School Psychologist




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