Child Find Publicity Campaign
It is the policy of the Petal School District that the district-wide child identification, location, and evaluation process in Petal be ongoing. Local school district personnel are continuing to search for unserved children with disabilities in the age range birth through 20 years of age.
Early identification of children in need of special education experiences is most important to each child. Furthermore, this information gathered from contacts with parents and other agencies will be used to determine present and future program needs as progress is made toward the goal of providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children with disabilities.
The child-find coordinator works with the local Head Start, Department of Human Services, Department of Health, and Mental Health agencies, as well as local education agencies, physicians, licensed day care providers, local juvenile correctional facilities, and other individuals to identify and locate children out of school and in school who may be in need of special education services. Information which could identify an individual child will be maintained by this agency and will be provided to other agencies only in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The child-find coordinator is responsible for district-wide coordination of the planning and implementation of child identification, location, and evaluation efforts of children (birth through 20) who have disabilities (regardless of the severity of the disability), and who are in need of special education and/or related services. If you have questions regarding child find procedures or would like to make a referral, you may contact:Petal School District Director of Special Services617 South Main StreetPetal, MS 39465Phone 601-582-4247