SPECIAL EDUCATION - GULF COAST CO-OP
Gulf Coast Special Education Cooperative provides special education services for students who reside within the boundaries of Hardin-Jefferson and Hamshire-Fannett Independent School Districts.
Special education is a child-centered program added to the regular school program to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
The purpose of IDEA, federal special education law, is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment, further education and independent living.
Our mission is to provide our parents, students, and staff with information about the special education program, as well as providing updated information on State and Federal Guidelines.
We invite you to email any suggestions or questions to Janet Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our office at (409) 981-6460.
Please see below for more information.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
To receive special education services, students with disabilities must be at least three years old but under twenty-two years old. Hearing impaired and visually impaired students may receive these services from birth and as long as they have not reached they twenty-second birthday by September 1 of the year of enrollment.
In order for a child to qualify for special education services, they must be found to have one of the 13 categories of special education and it must adversely affect their educational performance.
Students who are eligible for special education and related services are provided these services as determined by the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee and detailed in the Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Resource Links for Parents (takes you to Gulf Coast Co-op page on Hardin-Jefferson web site)