Special Education
Special Education

Special Education

NBISD Special Education

The mission of the NBISD Special Education program is to ensure that students who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) receive the appropriate special education and related services as determined by the Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee (ARDC). These services are to be designed to meet the unique needs of the student and thus provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Special Education Department

1040 N. Walnut Ave.

New Braunfels, TX 78130

(830) 643-5757

Special Education

Special Education Information

The definition of special education is, “specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education.” In order for a student to qualify for special education services and instruction, the student must be properly evaluated and determined as having  at least one of the thirteen disabilities defined in the IDEA and require special education and related services due to the disability. The thirteen disabilities defined under IDEA are:

 

  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Deaf–Blind
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Non–categorical Early Childhood
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

 

NBISD strives to provide special education students the services and specialized instruction to address the specific and unique needs of each student. Under the federal law, state laws, and district policy the Special Education Program must provide a continuum of services in order to provide for these needs of special education students.  In order to make this determination and write an appropriate individual educational plan (IEP), the ARDC must first review the present levels of academic and functional performance (PLAAFPs).  Once an IEP is written based on the PLAAFP, the ARDC must determine what the most appropriate setting would be to provide the service and/or instruction that matches the needs defined in the IEP. Frequency and duration for these services and instruction must also be addressed in the ARD. 

The continuum of service at NBISD includes: inclusion support,content mastery, resource class, specialized unit, FOCUS behavior support and homebound services.

A more restrictive environment, if appropriate, would be made available to our students.  

Other related and instructional services that are readily available to our students are: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy,  services for the auditorily impaired, services for the visually impaired, and adapted physical education. 

 

Overview of Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

Overview of SSES

 

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) are on-line accounts for eligible parents/caregivers of students with significant and complex disabilities that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures.

 

Families of students with eligible disabilities can use the on-line accounts to obtain special educational resources and supplies and/or services such as additional speech therapy or other specific services. SSES credits are up to $1,500 per student to be used to supplement what otherwise happens in school to help students continue to make educational progress.

 

Families can receive up to $1,500 per student to purchase goods and services.

 

WHAT IS SSES?

An online account that families can use to obtain goods and services up to the dollar value in the account which will supplement and bolster services a child is already receiving in school.

WHO QUALIFIES?

 

The SSES program is for students with significant cognitive and complex disabilities:

  • All students must have been enrolled in a Texas public school in the 2019-2020 school year and be currently enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Grades K-2: A combination of the student’s primary disability and their educational setting will determine qualification.
  • Grades 3-12: Students who qualify for the STAAR ALT II assessment.

For more specific information on criteria visit tea.texas.gov/SSES.

 

WHAT CAN FAMILIES PURCHASE?

 

Families can purchase resources and supplies or services for their students, items such as:

  • Tutoring in all subjects
  • Educationally related services (OT, PT, BCBA, SLP)
  • Textbook, curriculum, or other instructional materials
  • Computer hardware, software, or other technological devices that are used for educational needs


Families can receive up to $1,500 per student to purchase goods and services.

 

SSES.tea.texas.gov

SSESinfo@tea.texas.gov

1-855-773-3839 (SPEDTex)

 

Click on the link below to download the SSES Information Flyer.

 

ENGLISH VERSION SPANISH VERSION

  • Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

     

    This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of New Braunfels Independent School District's intent to destroy the special education records.  The records of students whose special education services ended due to graduation, completion his/her educational program at age 22, mastering of goals and objectives, or moving from the district during the 2013 - 2014 school year will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.

     

    After seven years the records are no longer useful to the district and may be destroyed, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc.  Beginning in 2010 the law changed and we are now only required to maintain the records for a period of five years after services end.  The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address:                             

     

    Child Find: The New Braunfels Independent School District’s Special Education Department provides services for children ages 3 through 21; from birth through 5 years for visual or auditory impairment, who reside in NBISD or attend a private school in NBISD and are suspected of having disabilities such as speech/language, motor, physical, etc.  For further information, please contact the following address:                                                               

    Special Education Department

    1000 N. Walnut Ave.

    New Braunfels, TX  78130

    830 643 5757

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  • Nina Pugh

    Nina Pugh
    Executive Director

    Catherine Archer
    Assistant Director
    830-643-5791



    Elva Luna
    Administrative Assistant
    830-643-5757 



    Nicole Hughey
    Coordinator
    830-643-5703



    Leticia F. Gonzales
    Coordinator/Lead SLP
    830-643-5714



    Deidra Gutierrez
    Coordinator
    830-643-5717

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