Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education
If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the 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 referral for a special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other support services that are available to all students.
At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a reasonable amount of time, the District must decide if the evaluation is needed. If evaluation is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide consent for the evaluation. The District must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the date the District receives the written consent. The District must give a copy of the report to the parent.
If the District determines that the evaluation is not needed, the District will provide the parent with a written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs the parent of their rights if they disagree with the District. Additionally, the notice must inform the parents how to obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards--Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.
Federal law requires parental consent for, and completion of, an appropriate evaluation to determine if a child may have a disability and the individual educational needs the child may have as a result of that disability.
The Designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or a referral for evaluation for special education is the Special Education Teacher at each campus.
Special Education Directory
District Contact - Campus Principals
Susan Smith - Elementary 940-726-3681
Jesse Newton - Middle School/High School 940-726-3244
Cooke County Special Education Co-op 940-665-0773
Region 11 ESC Special Education Director 817-740-3600
Texas Education Agency 512-463-9734
Transition in Texas
Other Student Services Programs
Monica Parkhill, Director of Instruction and Student Services
Special Programs & Manuals
The District provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students, bilingual students, migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, dyslexic students, students with disabilities, and section 504. The coordinator of each program can answer questions about eligibility requirements, as well as programs and services offered in the District or by other organizations. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact the principal.