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Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Parent Resources

In Hillsborough County Public schools, we are committed to providing a wide-variety of high-quality educational options, programs and services for students and families. As a parent, you play a critical role in this process. Our goal is to guide and empower families to become collaborative, effective advocates for their child with special needs by providing information and support to promote academic and social success in school and within the community.

We hope that you will use this information to get connected to information on topics ranging from the student handbook and information on enrolling your child to newsletters and parent training opportunities.

Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS)
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Florida Diagnostic Learning & Resources System (FDLRS) Parent Services
The FDLRS Parent Liaison project provides information, training and support between schools and parents, in order to promote student achievement and parent participation in the education of children who are exceptional and/or have special needs. Each Parent Liaison works closely with area district schools and staff and is a parent of a child who currently receives, or has received, Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services through HCPS.

Florida Department of Education: Exceptional Student Education
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services supports school districts and others in their efforts to provide exceptional student education programs for students ages 3 - 21 who have disabilities and/or students who are gifted.

Special Ed Connection
The Florida Department of Education is proud to provide access to the Special Ed Connection® at no cost to families of students with disabilities. The Special Ed Connection® provides practical guidance and strategies, real-world application, helpful tools and tips to families. To obtain access to this valuable content, contact

Title I Parent and Family Engagement
It is the mission of the district's Parent/Community Involvement Consortium to provide information, advocacy, and community links to strengthen the role parents play in a child’s education. Visit Title I Parent and Family Engagement for more information.

Policy Manual
Policy manual for students.

Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct is designed to provide expectations for student behavior in all schools.

Enrollment, Withdrawals and Re-entry
Learn more about the requirements, policies and step-by-step processes pertaining to enrolling your child into a school, withdrawal policies and re-entry for students.

Hillsborough Choice Options
Hillsborough County Public Schools is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to realize their potential. Hillsborough Choice options, including the John M. McKay Scholarship, provides additional options to students with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan.

Student Connection
The Student Connection offers a wide variety of resources for your student to support academic achievement. Students can access their daily educational resources and links in one easy-to-access online portal. Resources and links are customized to each student’s grade level, offing content that is relevant to their educational journey. Students can log in with their district username and password.

Graduation Requirements
Information on graduation requirements for all students including those on ACCESS Points.

Microsoft Student Advantage
Students are able to download and install Microsoft Office ProPlus desktop applications on their home computers for FREE!

Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is available to middle and high school students. These courses are part of an overall program of study designed to prepare students to be successful in a rapidly changing workforce and equip them to make informed decisions about future college and career pathways. Students with disabilities have access to CTE programs in varying degrees based on offerings at their school site.

Edsby provides real time student progress. Parents and educators see latest grades, overdue assignments, attendance and more. Send personalized messages to school staff and see updated school and district news.

The mySpot (Student Parent Online Toolkit) provides parents quick access to key district resources and links. A single hub of information that automatically places important resources for each child.

Become a volunteer at your child’s school. Sign up here.

Literacy Acculturation Center
The Literacy Acculturation Center provides comprehensive, meaningful services to the immigrant community including: educational assessment, social service partnership, and other community connections.

Florida Virtual School
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an online school dedicated to personalized learning. Whether you live in Florida or beyond, you can access more than 150 courses, from Algebra to AP Art History and everything in between. Public, private, and homeschool students from Kindergarten through 12th grade can use these courses to succeed on their own time and schedules.

Parentally Placed Private School Students
In Hillsborough County Public Schools, we are committed to improving educational outcomes for all students with disabilities. Therefore, we provide benefits and services to students with disabilities in public schools as well as children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in nonpublic (private) schools.

Extended School Year (ESY)
The Extended School Year (ESY) Program Handbook provides information and criteria on ESY services for students with disabilities.


If you have any questions or are looking for additional resources, contact FDLRS Parent Services at or call (813) 837-7732.

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