Student Services

Essex County Public Schools provides special education and related services to students, ages 2 through 21 with identified educational disabilities. The term "children with disabilities" means those children evaluated, in accordance with state and federal regulations, who have been identified as having one or more of the following disabilities; and who, because of such impairments, need special education and related services.


Multiple Disabilities


Orthopedic Impairment


Other Health Impairment

Developmental delay (ages 2-6)

Specific Learning Disability

Emotional Disability

Speech or Language Impairment

Hearing Impairment

Traumatic Brain Injury 

Intellectual Disability

Visual Impairment or Blindness

Eligibility for special education is determined by a multidisciplinary team, which may include the school psychologist, educational diagnostician, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, special and general education teachers, school counselor, administrators, and parents. If you suspect that your child has a disability, please contact the Child Study Chairperson at your child's school.

Special Education services are governed by both federal and state regulations. Virginia's special education regulations can be found on the Virginia Department of Education's website.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards are also available on the Virginia Department of Education website. 

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For more information about any of the topics on this page, please contact the Department of Special Education and Student Services at 804-443-3959.

 Student Service Contacts

Chief Operations Officer

Email Roger D. “Butch” Gross

(804) 443-4366

 Special Education Supervisor

Denise F. Griffin

 (804) 443-4366

Special Education Administrative Assistant

Email Mrs. Martha Mercer 

(804) 443-3959

School Psychologist

Email Christina Mahoney 

(804) 443-3959