Preparing Every Student for Post-Secondary Education/Training, Employment, and Independent Living.
Special Education Department
Children with physical, emotional, academic, or intellectual disabilities may be eligible for special services through the district’s Special Education program. Assessments are done at the school level, and parents are involved in the assessment process and in determining placement into the program. For more information, please contact an administrator at your child’s school or the Special Services Office at 662-289-3986.
The Attala County School District conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students 36 months to five (5) years of age attending private schools within the Attala County School District’s attendance area.
Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages 36 months through five.
Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech, and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening is also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need.
For children ages birth through two years of age, please call First Steps Early Intervention Services at 662-289-2351 or 662-834-3142. For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 662-289-3986.
Special Education Services
Special education in the Attala County School District is not a “place:” Rather, it is a set of services provided for students with disabilities. The Attala County School District collaborates with families to serve the individual needs of children. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that helps guide school teams and families in the qualification of students and the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP). The Attala County School District provides a Continuum of Services to meet the needs of our student population.
The Attala County School District provides parents a copy of the Special Education Procedural Safeguards:
- At least once every school year.
- When you or others, including the district, request that your student be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services. This process is called a referral.
- The first time you file a citizen complaint in a school year.
- The first time you request a due process hearing in a school year.
- When a decision is made to remove a student for more than ten school days in a year as part of disciplinary action, and that removal constitutes a change of placement.
- Upon request.
*Questions regarding this document may be referred to: Parent Outreach Division, MS Department of Education, P. O. Box 771, Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0771; PH 601-359-3498.
Renee McNeal, Director of Special Services
Carol Halderman, Special Services Case Manager /Records
Kris Upchurch, Early Childhood/ Transition Special Education Services