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Exceptional Children

Mazaliyah Morris, Director of Exceptional Children

Autumn Best, EC Teacher

Bradford Frost, EC Teacher

Child Find


For further information regarding Child Find or if you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and/or related services, please contact:

Dr. Mazaliyah Morris, EC Director

Phone: (919) 896-8164 ext. 1001

Fax: (919) 800-3944


Parent Rights & Responsibilities in Special Education: NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards 


Parents Rights Handbook - English

Parents Rights Handbook - Spanish


This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources can be found in the appendices. If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student’s school principal, teacher, or [local EC Department].


EC Division Website

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division link

The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment.


Multi-Tiered System of Support for Families

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for Families 

Occupational Course of Study

Longleaf does offer Occupational Course of Study. Please be aware that all Occupational Course of Study classes are provided through North Carolina Virtual Public High School. Parents will be required to sign a statement of understanding for their student to be placed in Occupational Course of Study.

Section 504

The Section 504 part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal funding.  A person with a disability is defined as anyone who:

  • Has a mental or physical impairment(s) which substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities include: caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working)

  • Has a record of such impairment; or

  • Is regarded as having such impairment.

Parents or guardians who believe their child qualifies for a 504 plan should contact the Director of Exceptional Children.

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