EC Initial Processes

  • For many families, navigating the EC process is new.  This page is designed to help answer some of the initial questions many families have regarding EC initial processes.  Please feel free to reach out to your child's school should you have any additional questions regarding the EC process.

    First Step: EC Process for Families

    Once an EC referral is made, school-based EC personnel will request an Initial Referral Meeting.  An Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will meet to discuss the referral.  Parents/guardians are required members of the IEP team.

Initial Referral Meeting Overview

  • The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will:

  • Parents will be asked to share student strengths.

  • The IEP Team will discuss reasons for the referral and areas of concerns.

  • UCPS Special Education Initial Referral Chart

  • Share Results of outside/previous evaluations, if applicable.

New to Union County Public Schools

  • If you are new to Union County Public Schools and have questions about special education, please review the information on the UCPS Exceptional Children's Department webpages or contact the school to which your student will be assigned.

    In order to make your student's transition into Union County Public Schools go smoothly, it is very important to provide your student's new school copies of the following information during registration:

    • Most recent psychoeducational report, eligibility, evaluation, and/or reevaluation report;
    • Current individualized education plan (IEP); and 
    • Contact information for your student's previous school and school district.

    These items will support a successful transition between your student's old and new school and will ensure that appropriate services and supports are made available.

What to Expect

  • For out-of-state students new to Union County Public Schools:

    Once you have shared your student's special education records, school staff will invite you to a meeting to discuss comparable services, or services similar to or the same as, those provided on your student's most recent IEP.  During the meeting, school staff will also describe the initial eligibility process that occurs when students move from out of state and the timeline in which an initial North Carolina (NC) IEP will be developed.

    For in-state students new to Union County Public Schools:

    School staff will begin implementing your student's current NC IEP on their first day of school.  An invitation to review and revise your student's IEP may be scheduled.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss your student's transition to a new school and to determine if any adjustments to the services and supports currently provided are needed.

    Private/Home school families seeking possible special education eligibility for their child:

    The parent/guardian will need to contact the UCPS school to which the student would be assigned based on their home address or the address of the private school.  Find out which UCPS school a student would be assigned by entering the home or private school address into Edulog.