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Exceptional Children

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Groveport Madison Schools started the 2020-21 school year with 100% remote learning for all students.  Instruction will move to blended learning based on changing local health conditions.  As a result, a Temporary Learning Plan will be created and shared with a parent/guardian to address additional specially designed instructional needs, services, and supports that may be necessary to implement the student's current IEP during COVID-19 school closures, blended, and distance learning.

Special Education programs are a part of the Exceptional Children Department. Groveport Madison Schools offer a wide spectrum of services to students with disabilities between the ages of 3 to 22. Services range from inclusion support to specialized classroom settings. Students are served within the district’s schools as well as at specialized programs located throughout Central Ohio. The department complies with all State of Ohio and federal guidelines in the delivery of services to students with disabilities.

Evaluating Students for Specific Services

The evaluation process provides staff and parents with information regarding the educational needs for each specific child. Should special education services be deemed appropriate, the Exceptional Children Department staff and teachers work with parents to determine the most effective and appropriate level of assistance for each individual child.

Services Provided

Specific services provided may include the following:

  • Psycho-educational evaluation
  • Speech and Language therapy evaluation and services
  • Occupational therapy evaluation and services
  • Physical therapy evaluation and services
  • Adaptive physical education services
  • Inclusion programs
  • Classroom aides
  • Student aides
  • Tutoring services
  • Specialized classroom services
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Plans/Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Special Needs preschool programs (ages 3-6)
  • Special transportation services
  • Vision Services
  • Hearing Impaired programming
  • Services for the blind
  • Orthopedic services

Specialized Services

Groveport Madison Schools contracts with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio for some specialized transition programs for secondary students with disabilities. Students may also receive assistance through programs offered in cooperation with the Franklin County Board of MRDD.


Groveport Madison Schools is committed to the identification, location, and evaluation, as required by IDEA and federal regulations, of all children between the ages of 3 and 22 who may have disabilities. Disability, in this instance, means such conditions as cognitive disability (mental retardation), a hearing impairment, a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment, a serious emotional disturbance, and orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairment, a specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities. If you have knowledge of or suspect a child you know has a disability and is not currently receiving special education services, please contact Mitzi Boyd, at (614) 492-2520.

Staff Qualifications

The Exceptional Children Department is staffed with highly trained professionals, who are dedicated to student progress in achievement and independence. All teachers and administrators are licensed or certified by the Ohio Department of Education. Continuing education requirements assure that staff receive and use updated knowledge of best practices in the instruction and education of their students.
Mitzi Boyd Tracey Bernhard Maggie Riley
Director of Exceptional
 Coordinator of Exceptional
 Children - Secondary
 Coordinator of Exceptional
 Children - Elementary

Sunny Groves Roberta McDonnell
Administrative Assistant
 (Exceptional Children)
 Administrative Assistant
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