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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When do students have days off school,  when is Spring Break and the last day of school?


A. Click here to download the 2020-21 School Calendar.

Q.  What is the website for the Broward ESLS Department?


Q. Where do I go for help if I have an issue?


A. First Step: Start at your school.

1. Your child's teacher(s)

2. ESE Specialist / Autism Coach (Elementary Cluster)

3. School Administration

If no resolution next step:

Advance to the Broward County District ESLS Office - 754.321.3410

Provide your child's name, school, grade level and concern to the representative on the phone.

They will assign your concern to the appropriate District ESE Supervisor. They will contact you directly.

You should hear from them within 48 hours.

For unresolved concerns contact the Dispute Resolution Office 754.321.3400

You can also email or call ACE to assist.​

Q.  What is Virtual Counselor/IEP?

A.  Easy IEP and other great information can be found on the Virtual Counselor Page of the Broward County School Board Website. 

If you do not have an account on Virtual Counselor this PDF instruction sheet will walk you through the process.     Instructions on how to use Virtual Counselor PDF

Once your account set up you can view documents such as, IEP's (both current and all past IEP's with Broward County Schools), Progress Reports and even grades above 3rd grade level.  You can also download and save any document you find on Virtual Counselor.

A. Where are the current locations of Autism Program classes in Broward Schools? 

Q.  The School Board has a web page with all schools, their addresses and phone numbers.  Please click here to view that information.​

Q. What are ESE/Autism Standards?


A.  ESE Educational Standards, these items are being updated by the District based on the results of the Evergreen Study.

ASD Cluster (Elementary School Level Autism Special Program)  PDF

Support Facilitation (ESE Support for GenEd  students in Middle and High School) PDF

SVE (Specialized Varying Exceptionalities: Special Programs for ESE students) Middle School  PDF

SVE (Specialized Varying Exceptionalities: Special Programs for ESE students) High School  PDF

Q.  Where can I learn more about transition from High School to the "real world'  for my child?

A.  Transition is movement or change for a student, without interruption, to future adult settings upon exit from high school. The Transition IEP (TIEP) meeting includes the student, family, school staff, agency staff, and others identified by the TIEP team. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) emphasizes the importance of involving students in meaningful ways in this process. Transition planning occurs over time beginning at age 14 and continuing through age 21.  To learn more click here.

Q. What is BPIE?

A. Best Practices for Inclusive Education (BPIE) is a district-level self-assessment tool and process to identify and prioritize areas of need for inclusive practices that enable all students with disabilities to achieve their highest potential. The BPIE is based on work by experts in the field, best practice literature, and peer-reviewed research. When implemented with fidelity, the BPIE leads to the development of district improvement goals that increase effective inclusive practices in all schools.The Florida Inclusion Network provides support for the implementation of BPIE and related improvement goals in all Florida school districts.


Q. What is the McKay Scholarship?

A. The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. Students with disabilities include K-12 students who are documented as having an intellectual disability; a speech or language impairment; a hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment, including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an emotional or behavioral disability; a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental delay; or autism spectrum disorder. Learn more by clicking here.

What is IDEA?

A.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.  Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.  

Q.  What is FAPE

A.  Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is an educational right of children with disabilities in the United States that is guaranteed by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Q.  What is an Individual Educational Plan (IEP)

A.  A written plan that describes the individual learning needs of a student with disabilities and the ESE services, supports, aids, and accommodations and modifications that will be provided to that student.  IEPs are developed during IEP team meetings. You will get a written notice from the school before each IEP meeting. The notice will tell you the day, time, and place suggested for the meeting; who will be there; and why the meeting is being held. The school staff want your help in writing the IEP, so they will try to find a day, time, and place that is good for you. Some parents choose to participate in the meeting by telephone. If you choose not to participate in the meeting, the school may hold the IEP team meeting without you. Even if you do not participate, you will still receive a copy of the IEP

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