Office of Special Services
The Special Services Department of the Holly Springs School District offers a wide range of programs to meet the individual needs of students. Eligible students are served as young as three and up to twenty-one years of age. Resource programs, as well as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are offered in all schools.

The goal of the Department of Special Education is to provide support to the schools to enhance the educational opportunity in the regular curriculum.
Special Services

The Holly Springs School District is a part of a continuous statewide effort to identify, locate and evaluate children, birth through the age of twenty-one, who have a disability. Early identification of children in need of special education services is very important to each child's educatinal success.

This effort applies to, but is not limited to:

-  Highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children;
-  Children who are not enrolled in school but who have not yet graduated 

-  Children who are wards of the State;
-  Children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private or parochial elementary and secondary schools;
-  Children who are enrolled in public educational programs, such as Head Start;
-  Children who are suspected of having a disability and may be in need of special education, even though they are advancing from grade to grade; and
-  Children who are ages birth to three (3), including those receiving Part C services through the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Early Intervention Programs (EIP), known as First Steps.

Family members, physicians and educators as well as, representatives of various agencies such as the Health Department, Department of Mental Health, Head Start facilities, and day care centers may make referrals of in-school (public or private) or out of school children.

Individuals with information or referrals for a child residing in the Holly Springs School District should contact Karin Autry, Special Services Director by calling the district office at 662-252-2183; by completing the child find referral form and mailing or bringing to 840 HWY 178 E, Holly Springs,MS 38635 or by emailing at childfind@hssd.k12.ms.us.

Procedural Safeguards

In order to assure that you have a full explanation of your rights, you are to
receive a copy of the Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents (Parental Rights in Special Education) at least one
time each school year. In addition, you must be given a copy (1) upon an initial referral or your request for evaluation for your child, (2) upon your filing of a first due process complaint or first state complaint in a school year; and (3) whenever a decision is made to take a disciplinary action that constitutes a change of your child’s placement. You also get a copy of the procedural safeguards whenever you ask for one. In addition to your rights, the Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents lists sources of assistance for parents and outlines special safeguards related to student discipline.

 

For each child with a disability who requires special education, your public school district and area education agency have the responsibility to provide a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. or your child are protected by rights you have as parents.

These parental rights include

Participation rights:
(1) You have the right to provide information for your child’s evaluation,
(2) You have the right to be a member of any group that makes decisions regarding the educational placement ofyour child, and
(3) You have the right to participate in meetings related to your child’s identification, evaluation, educational
placement and the provision of FAPE.
Notice rights:
(1) You have the right to be informed in a timely manner of meetings related to your child’s identification,
evaluation, educational placement and the provision of FAPE,
(2) You have the right to be informed of any proposed changes in your child's identification, evaluation,
(3) You have the right to be informed of any refusal by the school or AEA to make changes that you have
requested in your child's identification, evaluation, educational placement, and the provision of FAPE, and
(4) You have the right to receive notices in a manner and language you can understand.
Consent rights:
(1) You have the right to give or withhold your consent to an evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for
special education services,
(2) You have the right to give or withhold your consent to reevaluations of your child,
(3) You have the right to give or withhold your consent for your child’s initial placement in special education, &
(4) You have the right to withdraw your consent for continued special education and related services for your
child. This must be done in writing.
Your consent to an evaluation may be withdrawn before the evaluation is completed. Your consent to an initial
placement may be withdrawn before the placement is made.
Records rights:
(1) You have the right to review educational records,
(2) You have the right to ask that records be changed if you believe the records are incorrect or misleading, &
(3) In many circumstances, you have the right to give your consent before records are disclosed to other
agencies or persons. Disclosing records without parent consent is allowed by the law only under certain
circumstances, such as to another school to which the student is transferring, to respond to a health or safety
emergency, to auditors, or to comply with a court order or subpoena.
Independent educational evaluation right
Dispute resolution rights
Reimbursement rights: Under certain circumstances, parents have the right to be reimbursed for expenses such
as attorney’s fees or private school expenses.
Transfer of rights. Parental rights transfer to a student with a disability at the age of majority unless the parent(s) or someone else takes the necessary legal steps to become the young adult’s legal guardian.
Online Resources

Reading Tips: A Guide for Parents
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/special_education/pdfs/guidepdf.pdf

Parent Groups
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/special_education/pdfs/parent_resources.pdf

Intervention Central
This website offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth.
http://www.interventioncentral.com

MDE's Office of Special Education
The purpose of the Office of Special Education (OSE) is to support local schools and districts in their efforts to provide effective educational programs to students with disabilities, ages 3-20, who are in need of special education and other services necessary to enable them to benefit from instruction as provided for in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state law.
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/special_education/index.html
 

    
SPED Connection
Stay connected to everything happening in special education with this one-stop reference center for all your special education needs.
http://www.specialedconnection.com/LrpSecStoryTool/splash.jsp
 
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts, and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/index.html
 
Ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education - ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml
 
DoD SPED Parent Toolkit
The Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit has comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.
http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/portal/page/itc/MHF/MHF_DETAIL_1?section_id=20.40.500.570.0.0.0.0.0&content_id=218947