Special Education

2016-2017 Parent Training Information

2016-2017-Parent-Training

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Poteet ISD Special Education Department is to develop services for students on an individual basis, recognizing learning differences and needs while promoting individual development through challenging curriculum and high expectations for all students.

The vision of the Poteet ISD Special Education Department is to support the intellectual, academic, linguistic, social, emotional, physical, and vocational development of ALL students to their full potential.

General Information:

The Department of Special Education is committed to meeting the individual students’ needs through communication and collaboration among general education staff and special education staff and parents. An array of instructional services is provided which allows learning in an environment that is most appropriate and least restrictive.

Students who qualify for special education are children, ages 3 through 21, with disabilities such as:

AI: Auditorially Impaired

AU: Autism

DB: Deaf-Blind

ED: Emotionally Disturbed

ID:  Intellectual Disability

LD: Learning Disability

MD: Multiple Disabilities

NC: Non-Categorical (PPCD)

OHI: Other Health Impaired

OI: Orthopedically Impaired

SI: Speech Impaired

TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury

VI: Visually Impaired

Finding the appropriate program for a student in Special Education is a child-centered process. This assures placing students in the educational program which will afford each one the best educational opportunities.

When a child appears to need special education services, a school referral committee (composed of teachers, parents and the principal) meets to consider the best ways to address the student’s needs. The committee may recommend an assessment by a licensed psychologists, associate school psychologists and/or educational diagnosticians. Referred students are tested to determine their educational needs. Testing helps the school staff and parents make the best possible educational plan for the students.

Should a child be found to have a disability, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed by the Admissions, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee at the child’s campus. When the IEP is complete, Poteet ISD staff will carry out the IEP in the regular classroom or in other parts of the special education continuum of services.

If you are in need of additional information, please contact the Special Programs and Student Support Services Office at (830)276-8767 or your child’s principal or counselor.