School Board Approves Assistant Ombudsman for Special Education Position

News Release
May 10, 2019

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to approve establishing an assistant ombudsman for special education position, effective with the 2020 fiscal year. The Board voted on the new position at its May 9 business meeting.


 This individual will report to the Chief Equity Officer as an assistant ombudsman and a member of the Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman. The assistant ombudsman for special education will be primarily responsible for supporting parents who have special education concerns and will provide deeper knowledge and more experience with the special education process. During the 2018-19 school year, 29 percent of the requests with the Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman have been about special education issues.


The assistant ombudsman for special education will provide support to parents by reviewing and planning for IEP (individualized education program) meetings, providing resources and research to meet student needs, assist with the informal resolution of potential and actual conflicts, may attend IEP meetings to support parents, and provide learning opportunities about informal strategies to improve collaboration in IEP meetings.


The Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman can be reached at 571-423-4014 or ombudsman@fcps.edu.

 
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For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.