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The Waxahachie ISD Special Education Department has scheduled two informational meetings in regards to special education services for students who have been parentally placed in *private schools or who are being home schooled.  Texas recognizes home schools as private schools.  WISD invites the parents of private school/ home school students with disabilities to attend one of these informational meetings.  This meeting will discuss potential special education services for students with disabilities for whom parents have chosen to parentally place in a private school. 

*In determining whether a school/entity is a private school, school districts must determine if the private school: 1) is a non-profit entity; 2) provides elementary or secondary education that incorporates an adopted curriculum designed to meet basic educational goals, including scope and sequence of courses, and; 3) conducts formal reviews and documentation of student progress.

 

Those invited to attend must reside in the WISD attendance zone or attend a private school within the WISD boundaries. 

If you are interested in this information, please plan to attend one of the meetings below:

 

Option 1:  When: April 30, 2018 at 3:00 P.M.   
                Location: 650 Parks School House Road at Clift Elementary School in the Library

 

Option 2:  When:   April 30, 2018 at 6:00 P.M

                 Location:  650 Parks School House Road at Clift Elementary School in the Library

 

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled meetings, you may also contact the Special Education Department at (972) 923-4638 if you have any questions or would like more information. Ongoing consultation may be provided by appointment or a telephone conference. 

 


 

Special Education is defined as special services provided by special and general education personnel to meet the individualized needs of students with documented disabilities.

To be eligible for special education services, the student must be between the ages 3 and 21 (from birth for AI or VI). The student must have documentation of one or more of the disabilities listed above. Also, the student must have an educational need that requires special education supports and services.

Federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (IDEIA), lists 13 different disability categories under which a student may be eligible for services. The disability must affect the student's educational performance to the extent that special education services are required. The disability categories listed in IDEIA are:

  • Auditory Impairment (AI)
  • Autism (AU)
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance (ED)
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Multiple disabilities 
  • Non-Categorical Early Childhood (NCEC)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (LD)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)


To be eligible for special education services, the student must be between the ages of 3 and 21 (from birth for AI or VI). The student must have documentation of one or more of the disabilities listed above. Also, the student must have an educational need that requires special education supports and services.

NOTICE: The Special Education Department will be destroying folders from students who left the district or graduated in 2011. If anyone would like their student’s folder, please call 972-923-4638.