• Special Services Department
    The Petal School District Special Services Department is responsible for all student educational needs relating to the areas of Special EducationSection 504and Gifted Education
    Special Education- The Petal School District Special Services Department participates with the Mississippi Department of Education to identify, locate, and evaluate children through ages 21 who have health impairments or physical, mental, communicative, and/or emotional disabilities.  The Special Services Department serves children ages 3-21 with identified disabilities through a continuum of services at each grade level and school. Currently the Special Services Department has 58 teachers including 7 speech language pathologists serving approximately 742 students. Services include inclusion, resource, self contained, community-based programs, transition/behavior classes, a developmentally delayed preschool program, multi-disabled classes, and homebound services. The high school offers two diploma options for special needs students: traditional high school diploma and a certificate of attendance.  The middle school has a behavioral health counselor who offers individual and group counseling. In addition, the Petal School District employs four full time behavior specialists.  Meeting individual student needs is the goal for the Special Services Department.

    Section 504- Students with qualifying disabilities may be eligible for 504 plans.  Please contact the Special Services Department for questions regarding Section 504.

    Gifted Education- Gifted Education programs are offered for grades 2-6 for eligible students. Petal has 11 gifted teachers who service about 500 students. All first graders are screened for gifted eligibility and referrals can be made by teachers, parents, or students.

    If you have any questions or want to learn more about the services that we offer, please feel free to stop by for a visit or contact us at:

    617 South Main St., Petal, Mississippi 39465
    Phone: (601) 582-4247
    Fax: (601) 583-0150


    Parents of children with disabilities who attend the Petal School District are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. at the Petal School District Special Services Office at 617 S. Main Street.

    Parents will have an opportunity to provide input on the district’s IDEA Part B and Preschool Project Application for the 2023-24 school year. For details, call the Special Services office at 601.582.4247.

Last Modified on July 18, 2023