• Welcome Back to all our students, parents, and EC staff!  The opening of our school year was very smooth and we are all off to a good start!  Great things are happening in our classrooms district wide.  Our committee meetings have already started and our focus on student performance data is ramping up.  This is going to a great school year!

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  • Welcome to the Watauga County Schools EC Department!   Thank you for visiting our Watauga County Schools Exceptional Children (EC) Department webpage. It is our hope that you will explore and learn about all the wonderful programs and exciting things in place to support our students with disabilities. We have many helpful resources for both teachers and parents here as well.

    Our Vision:  The WCS EC Department will advocate for and support all students with disabilities to foster independence, self-advocacy and enable students to become contributing and productive citizens.

    Our Mission:  The WCS EC Department creates an inclusive, positive learning environment to develop productive citizens and life long learners.  

    Our goal: To provide high quality educational services and opportunities for students with disabilities to build upon their strengths and improve in areas they find challenging.

    We strive to have the best teachers, the best resources and best programs for our students. We continually reach out to our community partners and parents to strategically improve and expand our services for our students. Remember we are all in this together! 

     Watauga County Schools offers the full continuum of services in the least restrictive environment for all students with disabilities from PreK through high school.

    • Our EC PreK program serves children in child care centers and NC PreK classes. We evaluate many children through our Transdisciplinary Play Based Assessment Center.
    • Each of our K-8 schools provides services for students with mild disabilities in the regular classroom and/or through resource support.
    • Hardin Park Elementary School has self-contained programs for students with moderate and severe disabilities and for children with Autism.
    • The SOAR class at Blowing Rock Elementary School is a Day Treatment program provided through a cooperative agreement between WCS and Day Mark Recovery Services.
    • Watauga High School provides co-taught classes, curriculum assistance, the Occupational Course of Study and a self-contained program for students with moderate/severe          disabilities.
    • Related services such as speech language, occupational and physical therapy are provided to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education.  

     We welcome your participation and support for our programs for students with disabilities. If you have any questions or would like more information about our program, please contact your child’s school or the EC Department at 828-264- 7190. 

    Thank you for learning more about the WCS Exceptional Children Department and be sure to follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WataugaEC and visit us on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/wataugacountyec

  • EC Meetings/Staff Development 2016-2017

    Attendance at the EC Large Group and Small Group/Job-alike meetings listed below are mandatory.
    Please do not schedule any other meetings at the times noted below.

    Large and Small Group meetings

     No meeting in May

     June 7- BREMCO- 3:30-5:00

    Compliance PD: 

    NOTE:  Compliance PD meetings are only MANDATORY for staff that have been newly hired in Watauga County Schools for the 2016-17 school year.  For all other staff, these meetings are optional.

    Central Office Small Conference room from 3:30-5:00

    May 1, 2017

    June 5, 2017

    EC Committee Meetings:  Attendance at the committee meetings listed below is limited to those who have volunteered to be on the specific committee.  Attendance is voluntary for committee members.  Please let the EC Department know if you will not be able to attend a committee meeting.

    Instructional Support Team: 

    Central Office Small Conference room from 3:30-5:00  

    April 24, 2017

    Compliance Committee: 

    Central Office Large Conference room from 3:30-5:00

    April 27, 2017

     EC District Leadership Team

    Central Office Small Conference room from 3:30-5:00

    May 25, 2017

    Parent Advisory Committee

    Central Office Large Conference room from 3:00-5:00

    May 11, 2017

    Transition Advisory Committee

    At Watauga High School from 3:30-4:30

    May 17, 2017


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