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Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month

1 in 68 children are now believed to have Autism and boys are 4 times as likely as girls to be diagnosed. For further information please see the the "Fact Sheet" below and join us in observing "World Autism Awareness Day" as we continue to learn and grow in our understanding of Autism as a school district and as a community.

Autism Fact Sheet
Autism Speaks

Lesson Plans for grades K-12

Suicide Prevention Day is April 6th, 2017

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24. All possible signs and statements related to such should be taken seriously!

Florida Suicide Prevention Day Proclamation
attached the proclamation
Common Myths

Suicide Prevention Hotline - Free and Confidential Support 24/7
[ tel:1-800-273-8255 ]1-800-273-8255

Click to see the Florida Suicide Prevention Day Proclamation.

Attention Parents!!

We want your voice to be heard!!

Please click on the link below to complete the annual survey from the Department of Education.


  • District Vision
  • Mission Statement
    Suwannee County School District's Department of Student Services believes that all students should be encouraged and supported in their effort to reach their individual potential. We understand that young people have needs that cannot be met by an academic program alone and that emphasis must be placed on the whole child. We seek to develop a desire and ability in each student to think and act in the best interest of himself and his community. Our department coordinates the development of 504 plans, school guidance plans, attendance and truancy procedures, Exceptional Student Education, the Suwannee Opportunity School and FERPA guidance to schools in our efforts to support the overall development of students.
  • Good attendance is important!
    • Good attendance will help your children do well in school, college and at work.
    • Preschool is a great time to start building a good habit of good attendance .  Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically.  They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.
    • By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign a student will drop out.
    • Suwannee has the 6th highest rate of chronic absenteeism in the State of Florida.
    • Seek help from the school or community if you are facing tough challenges related to accessing healthcare, housing, poor transportation or lack of food.  Schools and community agencies are working together to offer help for the whole family.
  • Parent Liaison
    In the Department of Student Services we have a parent liaison, DeeDee Cathcart, that works with  families of our students with disabilities.  Her key role is to assist families in their child's education.  DeeDee often helps families with transportation for attending meetings at school.  We understand that to best meet the needs of our students, home and school must work together!! DeeDee can be reached at 386-647-4640.
  • Non-Discrimination Policy
    The Suwannee County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provided equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Name:       Walter Boatright, Director of Human Resources
    Address:   702 2nd St. NW
                     Live Oak, FL 32064
    Telephone: 386-647-4633

Survey Results

Suwannee ESE K-12 Parent Survey Results 2014-2015

Suwannee ESE Pre K Parent Survey Parent Survey Results 2014-2015

2014 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey Results

Policies and Procedures

Section 504 Notice of Rights

Suwannee ESE Policies and Procedures (SP&P) 2015-2018

Procedural Safeguards Gifted - English

Procedural Safeguards Gifted - Spanish

Procedural Safeguards - English

Procedural Safeguards - Spanish

Controlled Open Enrollment Plan