LPPS General Education and Special Education Services
Parish Public Schools assures that all children, 3 through 21, residing within
the jurisdiction of the school system who have a disability and are in need of
special education, related, and/or special services are identified, located and
evaluated. LPPS through the Child Search Coordinator will document that annual
and ongoing activities are conducted to identify and locate children suspected
of being exceptional and needing special education services.
In accordance with the State
Child Search Program, annual and ongoing activities are conducted to identify
and locate children (ages 3 through 21) suspected of being exceptional and
needing special education and/or related services. The Livingston Parish
child search designee is Janice Padgett. She may be contacted at
For more information on services offered see the links below:
Alternative Programs -
- Audiology Department - Gifted
Inclusion - RTI-Response to
Intervention - Speech Therapy -
and Hearing Impaired
Homebound/Temporary Educational Services (TES) are instructional services provided to a student
in an alternative setting (usually the home) for a specified length of time.
The student is enrolled in general education and as a result of illness, accident or emotional crisis cannot attend school for a specified
number of days (generally, 3 weeks).
Homebound instruction is not intended to take the place
of the educational program obtained through regular school attendance.
The intent is to maintain current skill levels until the student can return
Special education students may
also receive TES via their IEPs.
How to apply for Homebound services
- Obtain an application for homebound
services from your student's school.
- A parent/guardian completes the top
portion of the application.
- The recommending physician completes the bottom
portion of the form and mails it to the Special Education
Technology was first defined in the
Technology-Related Assistance of Individuals with Disabilities Act of
1988 . Since that
time the responsibility to provide assistive technology devices and
services (when needed) has been mandated by the IDEA revisions of 1990
and 1997, the current revision of the Rehabilitation Act of 1992 and the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
Parish School System has worked diligently to provide these mandated
services. The parish has established an assistive technology team with a
strong desire by the team members and administration to firmly establish
a working system for providing assistive technology services to
Livingston Parish students. This team has made significant progress in
providing needed technology services.
The Audiology Department has proudly served the students of
Livingston Parish since 2007 by providing educationally related
diagnostic Hearing Evaluations, Consultations, and Support for
students with hearing related needs.
Parents with concerns regarding their
child’s hearing should initially notify the child’s teacher or
Child Search (if the child is not yet enrolled in school).
Services are provided by our audiologist, Heidi McGovern,
MA/CCC-A/SLP, who can be contacted at:
Pine Ridge School
30228 Travis Street
Walker, LA 70785
Useful websites/links for Parents:
2007 Position Statement High Risk Factors
Audio Case History Info Sheet
Organizations and Resources
Permissible Noise Levels
Authorization for Release of Medical Info
Livingston Parish Public Schools offers services for
gifted and talented students in grades K-12.
Students are screened by the School Building Level
Committee and recommended for evaluation if warranted.
Upon completing the evaluation, a committee will then
develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for
the identified eligible student.
Gifted students are offered
enrichment or accelerated academic services. Higher level and critical
thinking permeates this curriculum. The skills are taught in far less
time than the regular classroom, so the student can advance on to more
Program provides enrichment for students to further their artistic
abilities in three different areas: Theater, Visual Arts, and Music.
Students may qualify for one or more of the areas, and will receive
instruction, which will enhance their educational program through
concentrated exposure to the arts.
Inclusion continues to grow in Livingston Parish. Most of
the elementary schools have inclusion settings. Additionally many of our junior
high/middle and high schools are also providing inclusive education.
Some of these schools are full inclusion schools and some
are beginning this school year with small steps toward inclusive education.
The team inclusion approach enables exceptional students
to remain in the general education classroom via the IEP process. The students
receive the expertise of the content teacher AND the expertise of the special
education teacher or trained paraprofessional. The teachers work
collaboratively to provide all accommodations, and modifications as appropriate
for each student. Inclusion improves all students' chances of succeeding in the
Speech therapy services are available to students in
preschool through high school. Speech Pathologists
service students enrolled in regular classes, resource
classes, combination classes and self-contained classes.
Any child meeting the eligibility criteria for Speech or
Language Impairment, according to Bulletin 1508, the
Louisiana Pupil Appraisal Handbook, may receive speech
and/or language therapy.
All special education teachers have computers in their
classrooms. Technical assistance with computers and
software is available to all special education teachers
and related service personnel. The provision of this
service assists special education personnel and related
service providers in planning for students, teaching
students and assessing students more effectively via the