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Advisory Committee

What is the Special Education Advisory Committee?

A committee that works with the school board, administrators, educators and parents of children with special needs. In Virginia, this committee is mandated for every school district by the "Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia."

What are the functions of the Special Education Advisory Committee?

  • Advise the School Board of unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities
  • Assist the school division in the formulation and development of long-range plans designed to provide needed educational services for children with disabilities
  • Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities
  • Review the school system's annual updated special education plan and applications for federal funding.
  • Assist the local school division to enhance community awareness and understanding of special education services.


Why should you attend Special Education Advisory Committee meetings?

This committee offers a way to get to know other parents, be informed about what is going on in the Hopewell School System, and to work with the school division and make recommendations to determine how special education can meet the needs of children with disabilities.

When are meetings held?

Meetings are held quarterly. Dates and times of the meetings are sent to the local newspaper for publication. They are also listed in the Parent Resource Center Newsletter.

We need your help!

Please join us in our effort to increase parent participation and involvement in the Hopewell Special Education Program through the local Advisory Committee. We need your presence and commitment to fulfill the intent and mission of this committee.

 All meetings are open to the public. The committee welcomes anyone interested in Special Education and encourages participation. Your attendance at these meetings can make a difference! Make the commitment to help students receiving special education services reach their full potential.

Our first goal is to establish a committee that truly reflects the diversity of the Hopewell community. Additional goals to be considered and prioritized by the committee include:

  • Revisions to the by-laws
  • Improvements for the special education website
  • Ideas for meeting the needs of students with disabilities and their families in the Hopewell community
  • Maintaining the support and involvement in committee activities