Parent Resource and Information Center

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The Portsmouth Public Schools Parent Resource and Information Center (PRIC) was established to assist parents of special needs children in becoming effective partners in the planning of an appropriate and free education to qualifying students of the special education programs and services.

What does the PRIC do?
The PRIC offers a variety of support and training to the parents of qualifying student(s) from birth to 22-years-old to ensure each child receives a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.  Additionally, the PRIC offers assistance in bridging the gap to a positive and appropriate educational experience between students with special needs, their parents, educators and staff members within the division and community.

The PRIC also offers free monthly informational training sessions.  During each informative training session, other helpful resources are made available to all parents, educators and supporting staff members in attendance. Parents, educators, and supporting staff members are encouraged to attend these informational training sessions. If you are not able to attend, you may schedule an individual consultation with the Parent Resource Specialist.

The Center is staffed by a Parent Resource Specialist who works within the guidelines set by the Virginia Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Student Services, the Special Education Advisory Committee, and other outside sources when appropriate in providing the best services and support to all of Portsmouth Public Schools students with special needs.

The PRIC provides:

  • Training for parents of children with disabling conditions.
  • Answers to questions related to special education children from preschool through high school.
  • Community services and referral information to meet individual needs of special education children (i.e. health, vocational, etc.).
  • A parent-to-parent network.
  • Workshops to help parents understand the needs of their children and participate in the special education process and for teachers so they can be better partners with parents. 

10 Reasons to Contact the PRIC:

  1. Get help in understanding the special education process
  2. Learn about your rights with regard to IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
  3. Registration assistance for upcoming programs
  4. Offer suggestions of programs that you would be interested in attending
  5. Leave your email address so you can stay up-to-date on upcoming programs
  6. Check out a book or video from PRIC’s lending library
  7. Find support while raising a child with disabilities
  8. Learn the importance of advocating for your child with disabilities
  9. Learn tips for a successful parent-teacher conference
  10. Connect with other parents

The PRIC is located within S.H. Clarke Academy at 2801 Turnpike Rd, RM2, Portsmouth, VA 23707. It is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (or by appointment)

If you have any ideas for programs that the PRIC can offer or know of anyone that might be interested in facilitating a program, please contact Faith Mitchell, parent resource specialist, at 757-393-8792 ext. 46273 or



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Should you have a student suspected of having a Traumatic Brain Injury or a student diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury, please contact one of the TBI Members attached below to assist with coordinating meetings. contacting resource support personnel, providing teachers with support and training, and making sure students and their families have the support they need to realize positive outcomes. 

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