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Exceptional Education 

Contact Information

621 South State Street, Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 960-8868 Fax: (601) 973-8663

Tonya Green, Executive Director

Jade Reese, Fiscal Manager

Joan Norwood, Assistive Technology

Tammy Crocker, Lead Nurse

Gloria Gordon, Data Technology Coordinator

Sharron Galloway, Administrative Assistant

Cortise Walker, Administrative Secretary

Overview

The Office of Exceptional Education Services provides a variety of support services to students with disabilities. Eligible students are served as young as three and up to twenty-one years of age. Our schools offer programs to serve students who need extended instructional time in an exceptional education setting. The support services mentioned are offered in all schools. Student identification procedures, achievement testing, programming, instructions and flexible scheduling require the participation of all school personnel. Jackson Public Schools District strives to identify and improve the prospective of all students with disabilities. Child Find becomes more necessary to identify unaided students and help sustain the stability and correlation with regular education to deliver applicable instruction. Services offered through the Department of Exceptional Education include:

  • Assistive Technology Evaluation and Services
  • Behavioral Intervention Services
  • Homebound Services
  • Language/Speech Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services, including pre-school and school-age assessments
  • Specialized Medical Care

The Office of Exceptional Education Services is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act — 1997 Reauthorization (IDEA 2004) in the identification, evaluation, eligibility, and individualized education programming for children with disabilities. Jackson Public School District, Office of Exceptional Education has adopted State Board 7219.

CHILD FIND

Child Find is required to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21 within the Jackson Public School District. Child Find is required and applies to all children who reside within a JPSD jurisdiction, including children who attend private schools and public schools, highly mobile children, migrant children, homeless children, and children who are wards of the state. (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)) All children with disabilities who are suspected of having a disability and may be in need of exceptional education services includes children regardless of/if: 

  • Severity of their disability
  • Advancing from grade to grade
  • Not currently enrolled in public school
  • Temporarily placed out-of-state

A full individual comprehensive assessment of your child’s educational needs must be conducted before exceptional education and related services can be provided. For further information please contact the Department of Exceptional Education.

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