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Schools are to ensure that students with disabilities are provided access to all school functions, including but not limited to pep rallies, assemblies, dances, field trips and grade level meetings, as well as classroom extracurricular activities including but not limited to class activities, field trips, etc. Equal access to information about such activities is required by Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If a school has daily announcements, all activities announced shall be published in the daily announcement. Principals will designate a staff member at their school site to oversee publishing all activities in the daily announcement and to provide a written copy of the daily announcements to teachers of students with disabilities to send home on a daily basis. If any activity is not placed in the daily announcements, written notification of that activity will be provided to teachers of students with disabilities to send home on a daily basis.

District ESE Services

FDLRS Parent Services


School Messenger

SchoolMessenger allows us to stay connected with you - our parents and guardians by sending various school related messages.  In order to receive non-emergency calls about situations at your students school, you must grant us permission. Opt in now!

Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Developmental Screenings Announced

To better serve our communities, professionals from the early childhood community are coming together to provide developmental screenings for children, from newborns to the age of 5. The screenings will begin the process to determine if your child is eligible for services that may be helpful in increasing their success upon entering school. Screenings for vision, hearing, speech, language, behavior, and overall development will be provided by appointment. Screenings locations and dates are provided below.




October 27, 2017 Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland
November 30, 2017 Oasis Community Church Lakeland
December 15, 2017 St. Ann Catholic Church Haines City
January 26, 2018 First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred Lake Alfred
February 23, 2018 Presbyterian Church in the Highlands Lakeland

March 23, 2018

First Presbyterian Church

Lake Wales

April 23, 2018

First Baptist Church of Auburndale


May 18, 2018

First Baptist Church of Winter Haven

Winter Haven

June 28, 2018 Palmetto Elementary Poinciana

For further information, open the flyer, or to schedule an appointment, please call (863) 647-4258.

Florida Department of Education Announces New Website

The Florida Department of Education has created a new website entitled, which provides Florida Standards aligned student tutorials and resources for grades K-12 in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Civics. Additional tutorials are being added.


Agencies and Organizations Resources Page

Have you looked at our extensive resources pages? Go to our Agencies and Organizations Resources page. The second gray box In the left hand column contains additional resources.


Local Activities

If you, your child, or someone you know is living with a form of disability, the following local activities may be of interest to you.

Name: Description: When? Where?
Special Needs & Developmental Dance Developmental Dance allows students who are developmentally delayed to build self-esteem and use self-expression through dance and music Mondays
7:00-8:00 pm

Ultimate Dance Center
3234 S. Florida Ave.

Martial Arts for Children and Adults within the Spectrum

Martial Arts Therapy to assist kids and adults on the spectrum with the ability to concentrate and focus their attention in a consistent and highly structured environment.

6:30-7:30 pm

10:00-11:00 am

Kelly Rec Center
404 Imperial Blvd.


Sensory Friendly Films

Sensory Friendly showings provide families with varying abilities the opportunity to enjoy a family friendly film where kids can be kids in a safe environment.


Cobb Theatre
1650 Town Center Drive
Lakeland, Florida 33803
(863) 937-0555

Sensory Storytime

Designed for children ages 3-10 on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities.

Registration is required.

2nd Saturday* of the month at 10:00am

* - A few Saturdays will vary; check with the library to confirm

Lakeland Public Library
100 Lake Morton Dr.

Sensory Skating Skating, Dancing, Sensory & Motor Skill Center. No loud music or flashing lights! Select Saturdays, 9:00-10:30am

Skate World
911 North Lake Parker Ave.

Sensational Sundays

Funtasia will be open specifically for children with special needs and their families to come and play.

  • Lights Low
  • Games Off
  • Music Off
  • Trained Staff
  • Stay & Play All Day
Select Sundays, 10:30am-12:00pm

Family Fun Center
4825 S. Florida Ave.



ESE Parent Calendar

Event: Notes:
Polk ESE Advisory Meeting

The Polk ESE Advisory meets on the Third Thursday of each month at Noon at the Central Florida Speech and Hearing community room located at 3020 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803

The Family Care Council Area 14

The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.

Counties Served
Hardee, Highlands, and Polk

Second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM

Kelly Recreation Complex
404 Imperial Boulevard
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 834-3284