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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:       Malcolm Hines, Equity Coordinator
Address:    1740 Ohio Ave. S
                 Live Oak, FL 32064
Telephone: 386-647-4644

Policies and Procedures

Section 504 Notice of Rights

Suwannee ESE Policies and Procedures (SP&P) 2016-2019

Procedural Safeguards Gifted - English

Procedural Safeguards Gifted - Spanish

Procedural Safeguards - English

Procedural Safeguards - Spanish

Controlled Open Enrollment Plan