Special Education

Four students standing near school busesSouth Anna Elementary School offers a variety of special education programs that provide educational services for children with special needs. We provide special education services in a collaborative or resource setting as specified in each child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Any child, 2–21 years of age, living in the South Anna Elementary School district, who is suspected of having a learning problem, can be referred to the special education administrator. Parent(s), school staff, or other individuals can make these referrals. Upon receipt of the referral, the special education administrator will convene a meeting to discuss the referral. Participants in this meeting will be individuals who are familiar with the child as well as school staff. The team may make recommendations to help the child become more successful in the classroom at this time

If the team needs additional information, it may decide upon additional testing, which must be done within 65 calendar days. At the end of this period, the team will convene again to go over the test results. The team will make recommendations after reviewing the test results. 

If a child is found eligible for special education services, an Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, is developed within 30 calendar days. IEP services will be given in the child’s least restrictive environment. Recommendations to make changes to a child’s IEP can be made at any time; however, the IEP must be reviewed annually.

For more information regarding our special education services, please view our division site.

Parent Resource Center

Hanover County Public Schools' Department of Special Education has established the Parent Resource Center (PRC) as a source of information, support, and training for parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members.

The PRC is committed to promoting working relationships with parents, educators, and the community. Our goal is to help parents gain knowledge and become comfortable with the special education process. We believe this will allow parents to partner with schools and become more involved in the planning and decision-making process for their child's education. For more information, please view our division PRC page.


Please contact Assistant Principal Elizabeth Verlander if you have questions or concerns about our special education program at SAES.

Please direct inquiries about your child’s speech or language skills to Speech Therapist Kirsten Zickefoose.

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