What is North Metro GNETS?
North Metro GNETS is one of 24 GNETS programs across the state that support local school district’s continuum of services for students with disabilities, ages 5 – 21. The programs provide comprehensive educational and therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of the disability category of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). The North Metro GNETS Program serves students from: Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools (North), and Gwinnett County Schools including students from Buford County Schools.
Example of Services Offered:
- Educational Services & Supports by Certified Teachers and Curriculum Specialists
- Social Skills Training
- Academic Instruction
- Behavioral Interventions
- Therapeutic Support provided by in-house Licensed School Psychologists, Licensed School Social Workers, Art Therapists, Behavior Specialists (BCBAs) etc.
- Consultation Services
- School District and Home School Collaboration
- Interagency Linkages
- Parental Support
- Professional Development
- And Much More…
How Does My Child Obtain Services?
Services are determined by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team Process. An IEP team may consider GNETS services for a child based upon documentation of the severity of the duration, frequency, and intensity of one or more of the characteristics of the disability category of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). This documentation must include prior extension of less restrictive services and data that indicate such services have not enabled the child to benefit educationally. For children receiving services, local schools are actively involved and exit criteria must be developed upon, or prior to, entry into the GNETS program.
Is there a cost?
There is no charge for services. The Georgia General Assembly appropriates a GNETS grant (SED) each year.
Which Children Are Served?
Most students served by GNETS programs are those with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Other eligible students with disabilities may be served in GNETS classes when the frequency, intensity, and duration of their behaviors is such that this placement is deemed by those students’ ‟ IEP teams to be appropriate to meet the students’ needs”.