Special Education in Hale County is referred to as Student Support Services. The Department of Student Support Services ensures that a free and appropriate education is provided for all children with disabilities, ages 3 - 21, and is consistent with the standards established by state and federal guidelines.
Special Education means specially designed instructions which are provided at no cost to the parents, in order to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities. This includes specially designed instructions in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings. The role of the department is to provide supportive leadership to parents, local school administrators and staff in their efforts to ensure a free and appropriate public education to all students.
The Department of Student Support Services makes every effort to educate the whole child and emphasize the ability, rather than disability of students. Services are offered in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent appropriate alongside nondisabled peers in a general education environment.
The Department of Student Support Services works collaboratively with the Problem Solving Team (PST) at each local school to identify teaching strategies and interventions in order to meet the needs of all students prior to a referral for a special education evaluation.
Children who perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others their age are provided services through an enrichment program.
"Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way."---George Evans