Student-related information: SPED, UIL, and more
Regular updates will be shared here with answers to student-related topics such as special education, UIL, graduation, senior fees, enrollment and more.
Can Special Education/504 services be provided online/remotely?
Yes, SPED/504 services can be done online. Please visit the At- Home Learning district site: At Home Learning site. We are able to provide Special Education services by video conferencing and internet-based lessons. These lessons will be based on the information in the student’s current IEP/504 plan. For students that do not have access to the internet, we will have paper packets that will be available for pickup. Communication with parents will be essential and teachers will be in contact to help ensure students’ success.
How will we meet Special Education/504 timelines?
Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee and Section 504 meetings will need to be conducted virtually. Parents will be contacted to schedule ARD and 504 meetings.
How will the district conduct annual ARDs that are due while the district is closed? How will pending diagnostician services be handled? (Speech evals, ARDs, etc.)
- For all annual ARD meetings due during the time the District is closed, the Special Education case managing teacher will coordinate with the campus administrator and required Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) participants (including the parent) to hold a virtual ARD meeting. The ARD committee will make appropriate ARD decisions regarding providing FAPE to the student both during the time the District is closed and when the District reopens.
- For all ARD meetings needed to discuss the 3 year reevaluation, Diagnosticians/Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs)/Speech/Language Pathologist (SLPs) will coordinate with the campus case managing teacher to include the administrator and required Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) participants (including the parent) to hold a virtual ARD meeting. The ARD will complete a Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) and continue current eligibility for the student, if appropriate. The ARD committee will make appropriate ARD decisions regarding providing FAPE to the student both during the time the District is closed and when the District reopens. If additional disabilities are suspected or if additional evaluations are needed, the ARD committee will document in the deliberations that an ARD meeting will be scheduled when schools reopen to address the requested assessments.
- For all Full Individual Evaluations (FIEs) that are complete (in that no further face-to-face assessments and/or classroom observations are needed), Diagnosticians/LSSPs/SLPs will finalize the evaluation report and work with the local campus to schedule a virtual ARD with the parent and required ARD members to be held within 30 calendar days of the date of the FIE. The ARD committee will review the completed initial evaluation and make appropriate ARD decisions regarding providing FAPE to the student both during the time the District is closed and when the District reopens.
- For all cases where testing is incomplete, a Prior Written Notice will be sent to the parent indicating that the full evaluation in all areas of suspected disability will be completed once schools reopen. An ARD meeting will be held within 30 calendar days of completion of the FIE.
- For all pending initial referrals with parental consent for evaluation where an evaluation cannot be completed without an in-person evaluation and/or classroom observation, the Diagnostician/LSSP/SLP will send a Prior Written Notice indicating the timeline will resume once schools reopen.
How will the district conduct Section 504 Initial, Review and Re-Evaluation Meetings due while the district is closed? How will pending evaluator services be handled?
Response: Dyslexia Evaluators/504 Chairpersons will coordinate with the campus administrator and require 504 participants to hold any necessary virtual 504 meetings. This includes Initials, Reviews and Re-Evaluation Meetings.
For all dyslexia evaluations that are complete, dyslexia evaluators will finalize the case and schedule a virtual 504 meeting with the campus staff.
If the 504 Committee is referring for an FIE due to a suspected disability, indicate within the 504 deliberations that a full evaluation could not be completed at this time due to the public health emergency. When schools reopen, the district will need to address all areas of concern.
Are UIL activities suspended?
Yes. UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4. Prior to that date, to allow students and schools to reenter competition, UIL will provide a reasonable period for rehearsals and practices to occur, consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials. We will reevaluate the beginning dates for practices and rehearsals as we receive more information about schools resuming.
We will be as flexible as possible to help you complete district competitions and provide students with all of the benefits that come from competition. Please do not begin to make plans for district competition prior to receiving this additional information.
We will continue to closely monitor developments as they occur. Should further adjustments be required, we will develop new plans and communicate them to you as quickly as we can.
What is the plan for moving forward with UIL activities?
Unfortunately, we simply do not have enough information at this moment to provide you with a detailed plan for future UIL activities. As soon as we have more information on when schools will resume operations, we will quickly respond with a detailed plan for resuming UIL competitions.
At this point, we are committed to completing all of our competitive seasons that have not yet been completed. While the immediate future is unclear, we will continue to develop contingency plans and prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.
Graduation and grade promotion
How will it be determined whether my child will be promoted to the next grade level?
Teachers will work with parents to ensure that grade-level requirements are met for promotion, or if remediation will be necessary.
Will my fifth- or eighth-grader be promoted to the next level if he or she has not passed the SSI (Student Success Initiative) or EOC (End of Course)?
Fifth- and eighth-graders will need to meet the district-level requirements for promotion; the state requirements have been waived for this school year.
How will I know if my son/daughter is going to graduate?
High school counselors will be reaching out to each high school senior and their parents to communicate current status and what is needed to ensure that students meet the district’s graduation requirements.
Will there be graduation ceremonies?
At this time, we have not canceled graduations; however, that is subject to change.
How does this closure affect class ranking? How will it be determined now?
Grades will continue to be earned by students and will be determined as required by policies and regulations. Essentially, no changes are being made to the ranking process at this time.
What will we use for entrance to magnet schools (since they require STAAR scores)?
For students that took STAAR last school year, we will consider using that score. For students entering fourth grade next year, we will determine an alternative measurement.