Special Education

As a nation, we are entering a very unique time in education.  This will be the first time in my 38 years of education that we have closed down schools for this length of time and coming up with unique ways to provide instructional support to students.  These are definitely hard days for education, students, and parents. 

TCISD is committed to providing our students with special needs and their families support during this difficult time.  Change is often difficult and leaves us with may questions. 

Q&A

 Instruction

  • Due to the school closure, the district is implementing instructional supports through its online learning platform (Canvas).  All students are general education students first and therefore our students with special needs have access to the general curriculum.
  •  Your child’s special education teacher will contact you to check on your child’s progress and offer assistance.  They will provide you with a specified time that you can contact them for inclusion support and assistance with your child’s work.

Specially Designed Instruction

  • Students who receive instruction in a special education setting will have access to differentiated curriculum based on their needs both via online learning and sent home materials by the teacher.
  • The special education teacher will contact you to check on your child’s progress.  They will provide you with a specified time that you can contact them for support and assistance with your child’s work.

Services

  •  If your child receives speech, OT, PT, ADE, or counseling, your child’s service provider will be in touch with you to discuss how we can best meet your child’s needs. These services will be provided as is feasible during the school closure and keep everyone safe.  Your service provider will discuss options with you when they call.

ARDs

  • Because of the COVID-19 school closure, ARD meetings will be conducted via phone conference, “Go to Meeting”, or other means of video-conferencing.  The school will contact you to schedule a date and time for the meeting.

In spite of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all requirements to provide FAPE for student will be attempted.  Any deviation from the IEP due to the COVID 19 outbreak will be based on appropriate and reasonable models of service delivery. When school resumes, the ARD committee will determine if compensatory services are warranted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at dpeterson@tcisd.org.  Our special education department sends their thoughts and prayers with all of our TCISD families during this difficult time.

 

Donna Peterson

TCISD Director of Special Education

 

 

COVID- 19 SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTS

To help ease the mind of your student with disabilities; here are two social stories you can use with your child from Breezy Special Ed:

/uploaded/Handbooks/2018-19/social_story_for_younger_students_covid_19.pdf

/uploaded/Handbooks/2018-19/social_story_for_older_students_civid_19.pdf

Students with special needs require consistent schedules and routines.  Here is a website to create a home visual learning schedule for your child. https://widgitonline.com/

Other links for resources for students with special needs:

6 Free Online Speech Therapy Resources for Kids:

https://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/games-and-activities/6-free-online-speech-therapyresources/?fbclid=IwAR1eUQhhlgV6dBS2KWdWNAYw1FRK_VZq9SngFmrVauP-IVDFh_vmaP3Qwiw

For students with dyslexia: https://www.dyslexiagames.com/single-post/2014/10/11/Online-FUN-Games-for-Kids-with-Dyslexia

The Texas City Independent School District Special Education services are provided to enhance appropriate educational opportunities for students with disabilities. With high expectations for success, students with disabilities are prepared to become life-long learners and contributing members of the community.

TCISD provides special educational services to students with disabilities as provided in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, 2004. The District has the duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if the child is eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children or for answers regarding special education or Section 504, please contact the Director of Special Education at 409-916-0106, or by mail at 1700 Ninth Avenue North, Texas City, Texas 77590.

The Special Education department supports parent involvement at all levels. The special education facilitator at each campus can provide information regarding the ARD process, transfers, available resources, and the continuum of services found in TCISD. Parents are encouraged to call for information if questions or concerns arise.

Please click to read SB 139 Notice to Families- Updates in Special Education

Please click to read IDEA Flyer- Individuals with Disabilities Act

Please click to read the Dyslexia flyer

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Table of Contents for the Online Guide

Section 1: Self-Advocacy, Person-Directed Planning, and Self-Determination
Section 2: Transition Services
Section 3: Employment and Supported Employment Services
Section 4: Social Security Programs
Section 5: Community and Long-Term Services and Supports
Section 6: Post-secondary Educational Programs and Services
Section 7: Information Sharing with Health and Human Services Agencies and Providers
Section 8: Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship
Section 9: Contact Information for All Relevant State Agencies
Section 10: Texas Transition and Employment Guide Definitions
Section 11: Transition in Texas Timeline
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