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Exceptional Education

Richmond Public Schools offers the full range of special education and related services for our students with disabilities. 

  • 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.
  • 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 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

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!

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


Family Resources

Procedure Safeguards-guidance about your family's special education rights.



Parent's Guide to Special Education-Guide to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities, their child's rights and the school's responsibilities to meet the special needs of their child.







2021 Parent Involvement Survey

All parents of school-aged children and youth who receive special education services in Virginia are encouraged to complete the Virginia Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement Survey. The survey will remain open through December 17, 2021.

Family Engagement Survey-English

Family Engagement Survey-Spanish




Dyslexia Advisory


Contact Jessica Sarkees- Academic Programs & Support at (804) 780-7710 or




What is Transition Planning

The goal of transition planning is to support students with disabilities as they progress through school and prepare for life as an adult. This includes planning for college, work, transportation, living arrangements, health care, and daily living. The transition activities could be a combination of any of the following: 

  •       Self-Determination and Advocacy 
  •       Work-based learning activities and internships
  •       Community participation 
  •       Postsecondary education 
  •       Employment training 
  •       Competitive employment 
  •       Independent living 
  •       Outside agency service linkages

Transition Programs

Transition Resources

Contact Information


Renesha Parks
Director of Exceptional Education

Dr. Rossi Volley
Associate Director of Exceptional Education 
Tikisha White
Coordinator of Systems & Processes
Phone: 804-551-2003
Dr. Sharon Woodson
Elementary Coordinator
Phone: (804) 664-4690
Jennifer Romero
Secondary Coordinator
Phone: (804) 773-0086
Rebecca Ceja
Intensive Support Coordinator
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