The Vision of Batesville School District is that "all students can achieve"; therefore, we are committed to identifying and meeting the diverse needs of each student through individualized educational programming. It is our mission to work cooperatively with families, students, community, colleagues, and other professionals in order to promote each student's success and well-being as he/she prepares for future endeavors.


P 870.612.1716 | F 870.612.1718

Special Programs / E-School Clerk

Special Programs Director / LEA

Special Programs Secretary / Bookkeeper


480 County Yard Rd, Batesville, AR 72501

P 870.793. 0682 | F 870.793.0683

Steve Wells, Instructor

Michelle Pace, Instructor

Whendy Henderson, SPED Teacher


Lance Hall

Occupational Therapist


Emily Hoskinds

Physical Therapist


Brooke Carter

Occupational Therapy Asst.

Jenny Landers

Physical Therapy Asst.


This notice is to inform you of your rights and protections under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as a parent of a child with a disability, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you should give consent to allow the school district to access your or your child’s public benefits or insurance, such as Medicaid, to help pay for health services provided by the school district. This notice must be provided before the school district obtains your consent for the first time and annually thereafter. These rights include:

  1. Your Child's Confidential Information Cannot be Disclosed Without Your Consent - under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the IDEA, parental consent must be obtained before the school district discloses your child's personally identifiable information to the Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Arkansas Medicaid, or Medicaid billing agencies, for the purpose of billing for Medicaid reimbursement. The personally identifiable information that may be disclosed could include: student's name, date of birth, social security number, Medicaid ID, disability, IEP and evaluation, type of service(s), times and dates services were delivered, and progress notes.
  2. Your Child Has a Right to Special Education and Related Services at No Cost to You - this means that, with regard to services required to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to an eligible child under IDEA, the school district:
      • May not require parents to sign up for, or enroll in, public benefits or insurance programs in order for their child to receive FAPE;
      • May not require parents to incur an out-of-pocket expense such as the payment of a deductible or co-pay amount incurred in filing a claim for services provided, but may pay the cost that the parents otherwise would be required to pay;
      • May not use a child’s benefits under a public benefits or insurance program if that use would:
      • Decrease available lifetime coverage or any other insured benefit;
      • Result in the family paying for services that would otherwise be covered by the public benefits or insurance program and that are required for the child outside of the time the child is in school;
      • Increase premiums or lead to the discontinuance of benefits or insurance; or
      • Risk loss of eligibility for home and community-based waivers, based on total health-related expenditures. You May Withdraw Consent at Any Time – once you have given consent for disclosure of confidential information about your child to the Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Arkansas Medicaid, or Medicaid billing agencies, you have a legal right under the FERPA and IDEA regulations to withdraw that consent at any time.
  3. You May Withdraw Consent at Any Time – once you have given consent for disclosure of confidential information about your child to the Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Arkansas Medicaid, or Medicaid billing agencies, you have a legal right under the FERPA and IDEA regulations to withdraw that consent at any time.
  4. If You Refuse Consent, or Withdraw Consent, the School District Must Still Provide Required Services at No Cost to You – if you refuse to provide consent for the disclosure of personally identifiable information for the purpose of billing Medicaid, or, if you give consent but then later withdraw consent, that does not relieve the school district of its responsibility to ensure that all required services under IDEA are provided at no cost to the parents.


School-Based Mental Health Coordinator

Office 870.612.1716 | Cell 870.698.2266

School-based mental health is the provision of therapeutic interventions and preventions for students and their families within the school setting with the purpose of equipping students for academic and social success. School-based mental health is more than just identifying, diagnosing, and providing therapy for students. Mental health in schools is also about providing programs to promote social-emotional development, preventing mental health and psychosocial problems, enhancing resiliency and coping skills, and working with students with behavioral problems. Learning is impacted by a combination of factors including behavioral, social, emotional, and academic areas of student life. A school-based mental health program enables our school district to provide services in any or all of those areas that may be impacting students learning potentials.

A School-based Mental Health program is available for students in grades PreK-12 at Batesville School District. Students are identified for SBMH services through parents, teachers, counselors or others who are concerned about the social, emotional, or behavioral health of the student. The school guidance counselor serves as the gate-keeper for the referral process.

The Batesville SBMH program contracts with community partners to provide SBMH therapists. Once the referral for SBMH has been made by the school, that referral is forwarded to the appropriate agency and therapist. The agency and therapist then will contact the parent to gather more information and set an appointment for meeting with the therapist. The contracts and business associates agreements between the school and the agency provides protections in sharing information and in serving all referred students. Parents have no out of pocket expense for services, but will be asked to be allowed to bill insurance/Medicaid if available.

"Keeping Young Minds Healthy"

Who are School Psychologists and what do they do?

(By the National Association of School Psychologists)

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems such as the following:

  • Consultation
    • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems
    • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
    • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community
  • Evaluation
    • Evaluate eligibility for special services
    • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning
    • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status
    • Evaluate learning environments
  • Intervention
    • Provide psychological counseling (with appropriate training) to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance
    • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning
    • Provide training in social skills and anger management
    • Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma
  • Prevention
    • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
    • Promote tolerance, understanding, an appreciation of diversity within the school community
    • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments
    • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
    • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments
  • Research and Planning
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
    • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools
    • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions

In Arkansas, school psychologists may be licensed as psychologists or certified as school psychology specialists. Sandy Daniels is a certified as a School Psychology Specialist.