Office of Special Services

over 2 years ago

The Special Education Division offers a wide range of programs to meet the individual needs of students with special needs. IDEA eligible students are served as young as three (3) and up to twenty-one (21) years of age. Exceptional programs have been established to meet the unique needs of students with low incidence disabilities. Appropriate student identification procedures, achievement testing, innovative instructions and flexible scheduling require the participation of all school personnel.


Special Services Staff

12 months ago

Jeanette Longstreet, Director
Catrina Mosley, Asst. Director/Case Manager
Sandra Davenport, Positive Behavior Specialist
Gwen Coleman, School Psychologist
Renee Virgil, School Psychologist
Amy Taylor, Administrative Assistant

 

PHONE:   662-492-5867

FAX:         662-492-5869

Child Find

11 months ago

The West Point Consolidated School District is participating in an ongoing statewide effort to identify, locate, and evaluate children birth through the age of twenty-one (21) residing the District. This includes children with disabilities who are homeless or wards of the State, parentally placed and attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services. A child with a Disability is a child evaluated … having mental retardation, a hearing impairment (including deafness), a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment (including blindness), a serious emotional …, and orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairment, a specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, needs special education services. A practical method is utilized to develop and implement a process to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services. Early identification of children in need of special education is essential to adequately prepare them for life long experiences. In addition, this information gathered from contacts with parents and other agencies will be used to help determine present and future program needs as improvement is made toward the goals of providing a free and appropriate public education to all children with a disability.

 

The Office of Special Services works with the local Head Start, Department of Human Services, Health and Mental Health Agencies, as well as local education agencies, physicians, and other individuals to identify and locate children out-of-school and in-school who may be in need of special services.

 

Please contact The Office of Special Services and/or Catrina Mosley, who serves as WPCSD Child Find Coordinator, if you know of any children who may have a disability by writing to the following address or calling the telephone number listed:

 

Office of Special Services

620 Fifth Street

West Point, MS 39773

662-492-5867

Mission Statement

11 months ago

Mission Statement:  To guide children with exceptional needs to develop unique talents in order to become productive citizens in today’s society. We must work together to motivate and to provide opportunities for participation to the maximum extent possible in order that they may achieve their highest potentials; by setting high, yet realistic expectations!
 
Goals:
  • To be committed to helping students succeed to the best of his/her abilities. 
  • To communicate a sense of caring through vocal/non-vocal expressions and positive interactions with students and parents.
  • To develop a “TEAM” relationship with parents, educational colleagues and community members.
  • To be flexible, yet self-directed in meeting the needs of all our students.
 
Overview:  The Special Education Division offers a wide range of programs to meet the individual needs of students with special needs. IDEIA eligible students are served as young as three (3) and up to twenty-one (21) years of age. Exceptional programs have been established to meet the unique needs of students with low incidence disabilities. Appropriate student identification procedures, achievement testing, innovative instructions and flexible scheduling require the participation of all school personnel.
As the West Point Consolidated School District strives to identify the potential of all students with disabilities, it is essential to identify “not yet eligible students” but also to maintain program collaboration with general educators in order to provide appropriate instructional opportunities.

Gifted Education

11 months ago

Mission Statement

 

Preparing intellectually gifted students to live responsible, productive and meaningful lives by maximizing their potentials.

 

WPCSD's gifted program is known as QUEST.  QUEST handbooks and brochures are located at West Point Consolidated School District’s Central Office, Office of Special Services and each school site in the District. You can also obtain eligible information online at the Mississippi Department of Education website: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/ .

 

QUEST currently serves Gifted Students in Grades 2-6. 

Homebound Services

over 2 years ago

 Recommendation for Homebound services for students with special needs is a IEP Committee decision. Whether or not Homebound services will meet the student’s Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) will be reviewed by the IEP committee.Homebound Special Education Teachers are approved by the West Point School Board on annual bases. Upon assignment, the Homebound teacher will participate during the IEP meeting. Throughout the service process, the teacher will communicate with general education and parents. Time and location are flexible and should be convenient for all involved. A public meeting place, such as the library, is often preferred, if the student is medically able to meet outside of the home.Homebound services should not be thought of as a permanent education placement. The school environment cannot be replicated in the homebound setting. When a student receives homebound services for an extended period of time, the family must update medical information as needed.

Positive Behavior Support

over 2 years ago

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a researched-based intervention that provides positive interaction and interventions for students who display disruptive behavior. The system establishes social, culture and behavior support for an effective learning environment.  A Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Positive Behavior Support Plan (PBS) will be conducted, implemented and monitored for “special needs” students who display signs of disruptive behavior.

Section 504

over 2 years ago

Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that falls under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 prohibits discrimination against all qualified students with disabilities in any program receiving federal financial assistance. According to Section 504, a person with a disability is defined as "those persons having a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities."

 

All students eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are protected under Section 504. However, all individuals who are disabled under Section 504 may not meet the eligibility requirements under the IDEA for special education.

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