Department Overview

  • "Obtaining Success in the Least Restrictive Environment"

    Vision: Through collaborative partnerships with parents, educators, and the community, the Office of Exceptional Education supports the implementation of a rigorous curriculum for a diverse student body such that all students are positive contributors in a global society.

    Mission: Through professional development, training, and technical assistance, the Office of Exceptional Education strives to provide a continuum of services to ensure all students have a quality education that meets their unique needs; and prepares them to be productive, contributing members of a global society. The Office of Exceptional Education endeavors to:

    • Promote partnerships
    • Provide guidance and feedback
    • Foster family outreach efforts

    Richmond Public Schools offers the full range of special education and related services for our students with disabilities. The IEP team decides the goals to be addressed and the accommodations and services to be provided. As a result of IEP team decisions, many of our students spend all or part of the day in general education with supports as defined by their IEP. Students with more intensive support needs may receive instruction for part of the day in a special education setting. Related services, such as speech and occupational therapy, are provided in a variety of environments, including special education classrooms and general education classrooms.

    If there is no answer when calling the main office number please call the Alternate Phone at (804) 664-7368.


Family Engagement Sessions

  • We invite you to join the Office of Exceptional Education's Family Engagement Lunch & Learn Sessions! Please use the links below to join the discussion!


    October 28, 2021 at 12:00

    Family Engagement: Understanding Special Education

    Join the Discussion

    November 11, 2021 at 12:00

    Family Engagement: Post-Secondary Transition - Planning for Life After High School

    Join the Discussion

    December 9, 2021 at 12:00

    Family Engagement: Pathways to Graduation

    Join the Discussion

    January 27, 2022 at 12:00

    Family Engagement: Assistive Technology Considerations in Special Education

    Join the Discussion

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:

    Renesha Parks

    Renesha Parks, Director of Exceptional Education


    Dr. Rossi Volley, Associate Director of Exceptional Education 


    Phone: 804.551.2273

    Tikisha White, Coordinator of Systems & Processes


    Phone: 804-551-2003

    Dr. Sharon Woodson, Coordinator, Preschool/Elementary


    Phone: (804) 664-4690

    Jennifer Romero, Coordinator, Secondary

    Phone: (804) 773-0086

    Rebecca Ceja, Coordinator, Intensive Support

    Phone: (804) 773-0470


    Exceptional Education & Student Services
    301 North Ninth Street
    13th Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219-1927
    Phone: (804)780-7911

    Alternate Phone: (804) 664-7368
    Fax: (804)780-6869

Virginia Department of Education-Family Engagement Survey

  • Each school year the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the "Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities." Your participation in this survey will help VDOE collect additional information to identify training needs related to the special education processes. The VDOE will use the results of this survey to improve parental involvement in the special education process and improve outcomes for all students within the Commonwealth. It is important to note that your responses are recorded anonymously and cannot be personally linked to your child. 

    Parents who have more than one child receiving special education services should submit one survey for each child receiving services. The link to access the survey is included below. 

    When completing this survey you will answer questions designed to cause you to reflect upon your experiences during the past school year. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Tracy Lee, VDOE family engagement specialist, via telephone, at (804) 225-3492, or via e-mail, at


    Virginia Department of Education-Family Engagement Survey-English


    Encuesta de participación de los padres 

    Cada año escolar el Departamento de Educación de Virginia (VDOE) está obligado informar al Departamento de Educación del Estados Unidos el “por ciento de los padres con un niño que recibe servicios de educación especial que las escuelas facilitaron la participación de los padres como un medio para mejorar los servicios y resultados para los niños con discapacidades.” Su división escolar local debe haberle proporcionado una oportunidad para participar en una encuesta que VDOE utilizará para recopilar los datos necesarios para informar sobre este requisito. Su participación en esta encuesta ayudará VDOE recopilar información adicional para identificar necesidades de formación relacionadas con los procesos de educación especial. El VDOE utilizará los resultados de esta encuesta para mejorar la participación de los padres en el proceso de educación especial y mejorar los resultados para todos los estudiantes dentro del estado libre asociado (Commonwealth). Es importante tener en cuenta que sus respuestas son recordadas de forma anónima y no puede ser ligado personalmente a su hijo.

    Los padres que tienen más de un niño que recibe servicios de educación especial deben presentar una encuesta para cada niño que recibe servicios.

    Al completar esta encuesta usted pidemas que contestará preguntas diseñadas para hacerle reflexionar sobre sus experiencias durante el de pasado año escolar? Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre esta encuesta, por favor póngase en contacto con Tracy Lee, por teléfono, a (804) 225-3492, o por correo electrónico, a