Assistant Superintendent/Executive Director of Special Education: Dr. Carol Johnson ( 540-227-0023, extension 3209

Transition Planning and Coordination: Joanna Forde ( 540-227-0745



The Rappahannock County Public Schools, Division of Special Services, is committed to supporting school personnel as they work together with families to educate students with varying skills and abilities, address their unique challenges and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.


The Department of Special Education for Rappahannock County Public Schools serves students with disabilities ages 2-21 who are found eligible for special education and related services by a multidisciplinary team.  





Specific Disabilities/ Procedural Safeguards

Information on specific disability categories and procedural safeguards can be found in the links below.

Virginia Department of Education Resources for Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities

Annual Resources Update for Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities 

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals
Contact: Wanda Council, Specialist for Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired, and Deaf-Blind

VDOE is required by the Code of Virginia§ 22.1-217.01, to annually prepare and distribute to local school boards information describing educational and other services that are available to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired. School boards are required to post this information on school division websites annually and to inform the parents of students who are identified as deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired of the availability of such services. 

The VDOE’s Annual Resources Update for Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities is a compilation of the required guidance documents and additional resources available through the VDOE’s Sensory Disabilities webpage. Administrators and teachers may reprint VDOE’s guidance and resources to share with parents. School divisions may also provide printed copies and alternate formats in Virginia public schools and public libraries. 


Updated 10/2023