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The Hancock County School District Special Services Department supervises
the identification process for students suspected of having a disability. Once identified
the district strives to provide all students with disabilities ages 3 through 20 a free
appropriate public education in their least restrictive environment based on the
Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Mississippi state law.

In keeping with the district’s vision, Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow, we believe that
all students have the potential to be learners no matter what their exceptionality. The
purpose of special education is to provide an equal opportunity so that all students can
access a meaningful curriculum to foster their unique gifts and potential.

The administration and staff are dedicated to individualizing each student’s
educational program to best meet their needs. Our special educators collaborate with
parents, regular educators, and support staff to develop appropriate programs
promoting student success. Special educators work diligently to improve their students’
academic, social emotional, and behavioral skills to ensure progress at a reasonable
rate to meet their individual annual goals.

As our students journey through their educational process in the Hancock County
School District, it is our hope they will gain the ability to advocate for themselves
and acquire the skills necessary to support a smooth transition into post-secondary
education or employment opportunities based on their individual strengths.

Gina Shavers, Special Services Director

Contact Information
228-466-6340 – phone
228-466-6452 – fax