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La Vega I.S.D. Special Education

Purpose
The La Vega Independent School District strives to provide appropriate programs for all students. The district provides facilities, personnel, and supportive services to aid students in learning at the pace and in the manner most appropriate for their capabilities. Dedicated educators continually strive to plan, establish, and implement special education programs which meet the needs of the growing community. As the needs of the population change, LVISD modifies programs to meet student needs.
 
Child-Centered Process
Students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21, residing with La Vega I.S.D. boundaries, may be eligible for special education services. Parents, teachers, and other LVISD staff may refer these students for a Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE). An Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee determines the student's eligibility and educational need for services based on Texas Education Agency (TEA) eligibility criteria. Full and Individual Evaluations are available by appropriate referral of students residing within La Vega I.S.D. Evaluation personnel serve each school by administering evaluation, making recommendations for IEP development, and assisting school staff.
 
In accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), a child with a disability means a child who has one of the following disabilities, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services:
•Orthopedic Impairment
•Other Health Impairment
•Auditory Impairment
•Visual Impairment
•Deaf-Blindness
•Intellectual Disability
•Emotional Disturbance
•Specific Learning Disability
•Speech/Language Impairment
•Autism
•Traumatic Brain Injury
•Multiple Disabilities
•Non-Categorical Early Childhood Disability
Child Find
The special education program in La Vega I.S.D. is ready, willing, and able to serve all eligible students. All children with disabilities residing in the state, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, must be identified, located, and evaluated.
 
Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education Services

If a student is experiencing learning difficulties, his or her parent may contact the person listed below to learn about the district’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for a special education evaluation. For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom, schools must consider tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts to meet the needs of all struggling students.

 

A parent may request an evaluation for special education services at any time. If a parent makes a written request to a school district’s director of special education services or to a district administrative employee for an initial evaluation for special education services, the school must, not later than the 15th school day after the date the school receives the request, either give the parent prior written notice of its proposal to evaluate the student, a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards, and the opportunity for the parent to give written consent for the evaluation or must give the parent prior written notice of its refusal to evaluate the student and a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards.

 

If the school decides to evaluate the student, the school must complete the initial evaluation and the resulting report no later than 45 school days from the day the school receives a parent’s written consent to evaluate the student. However, if the student is absent from school during the evaluation period for three or more school days, the evaluation period must be extended by the number of school days equal to the number of school days that the student is absent.

 

There is an exception to the 45 school day timeline. If the school receives a parent’s consent for the initial evaluation at least 35 but less than 45 school days before the last instructional day of the school year, the school must complete the written report and provide a copy of the report to the parent by June 30 of that year. However, if the student is absent from school for three or more days during the evaluation period, the June 30th due date no longer applies. Instead, the general timeline of 45 school days plus extensions for absences of three or more days will apply.

 

Upon completion, the school must give you a copy of the evaluation report at no cost.

 

Additional information regarding special education is available from the school district in a companion document titled “Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process.”

 

The following websites provide information to those who are seeking information and resources specific to students with disabilities and their families:

 

The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or a referral for evaluation for special education services is:

La Vega Primary School…school counselor at 254-299-6730

La Vega Elementary School…school counselor at 254-299-6755

La Vega Intermediate-HP Miles Campus…school counselor at 254-299-6770

La Vega Junior High-George Dixon Campus…Ms. Mary Keezee at 254-299-6790

La Vega High School…Ms. Sandra Gibson at 254-299-6820

 
Parental Involvement
Parents are an important resource and support for our students and significantly contribute to their success. Their participation is a vital component of the total educational process. Parents and the school form a team effort to provide quality services to exceptional children.
 
Private School Students
All state requirements concerning child find, referral, evaluation, and determination of eligibility are applicable.
  
Department of Special Education Information
 
Contact:
Carol Lamadrid, Special Education Department Secretary
 
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Address:
901 Maxfield
Waco, Texas 76705
 
Phone:
254-299-6750
 
Fax:
254-867-9525