HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Children from birth through age 22, who are blind and/or deaf, and children from 3 through 21 years of age with other disabilities are eligible for a free appropriate, public education. For more information call special education office at 830-709-5128.
Some of the support services we provide include Counseling Services, Occupational Therapy, Orientation and Mobility Services, Physical Therapy, Transportation, Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment, Psychological Services, Extended School Year, Information and Referral for Community Services, Speech Therapy, Inclusion, and Transition Services.
Special Education Staff
Robby Pierce, Director
Amanda Hill, Administrative Assitant
Josephine Rocha, Administrative Assistant
Sarah Cook, Behavioral Intervention | Counseling
Irene Robins, Diagnostician
Marcy Rothe, Diagnostician
Francisca Tamayo, Speech Language Pathologist
Deborah Wagner, Speech Language Pathologist
Lori Ralph, Occupational Therapist
Susan Broussard, Physical Therapist
SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCES:
Yesterday was our Grand Opening for the Pirates Clothes Closet. We had a great turnout. Many families came to get needed items. Though the community is benefitting, our Life Skills students that helped organize and assist are the ones that gained the most from this experience. The Closet will continue to be operated by our students and open weekly on Tuesdays from 9-2:00. If you know of anyone that is in need of clothing, please contact your campus counselor or the Special Education Department.
Friday, before we left for spring break, we held our 1st Annual Pirate Track & Field Day for our students in special education, as well as students from Medina Valley, Natalia, Somerset, and Devine. The students and teachers cheered so loudly for these 2 participants that Jay Tope, our announcer, couldn’t even hear himself talk! It was a great moment. It is the exact reason why years ago we began to include all students with special needs in the general education setting.
Parent and Community Involvement - We believe the parental and community involvement is essential to quality education. When parents participate, they become partners in the planning and teaching of their child.
Referral for Special Education - The referral process begins with a call to the student’s campus counselor, beginning the Response to Intervention (RTI) process. This process can be explained by your student’s campus counselor. Referrals can be made by: parents or guardians or other family members teachers adult student (18 years or older).
Disabilities - Speech or Language Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism ,Visual Impairment, Auditory Impairment, Deaf-Blindness, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, NCEC (Ages 3-5)
Instructional Settings- (1) Mainstream/Inclusion: Providing Special Education and related services according to Individual Education Plans to students whose instruction and related services are provided in general education with Special Education support. (2) Homebound: Providing Special Education services for students confined to home/hospital a minimum of 4 weeks and requiring licensed physician’s documentation. (3) Speech Therapy: Providing speech therapy services. (4) Resource/Related Services: Providing Special Education and related services in a setting other than general education for less that 50% of the student’s school day. (5) Self-Contained Mild/Moderate/Severe: Providing Special Education instruction and related services to student in a Special Education program for more than 50% of the student’s school day. (6) Non Public Day School: Providing Special Education and related services through a contractual agreement with an approved nonpublic day school. (7) Vocational Adjustment Class (VAC): Providing Special Education, academic, or job-related instruction to students who are placed on a job with regularly scheduled direct involvement by Special Education staff. (8) Residential Care and Treatment Facility: Providing Special Education and related services to students that have a disability and reside in care treatment facility, and whose parents do not reside within the boundaries of the school district providing educational services to the student. (9) Off Home Campus: Providing Special Education and related services to students that meet one of the following criteria: (a) The student is one of a group of students from more than one school district served at a single location in another school district when a FAPE is not available in the sending district . (b) The student is provided instruction by school district personnel in a facility (other than a nonpublic day school) not operated by a school district. 118 (c) The student is in a self-contained program at a separate campus operated by your school district that provides only special education and related services.