Finding Help For Your Child
Santa Fe ISD has a continuum of services for children ages 3-21 who demonstrate significant delays in communication, cognitive, academic, self-help, social development, behavior, and/or motor skills. A Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) can be conducted to determine the presence of a disability and whether your child meets local, state, and federal guidelines for special education services. In order to access these services, a child must demonstrate both a disability and an educational need for specialized instruction. The evaluation is provided at no cost to parents who reside within Santa Fe ISD boundaries.
Who should I contact if my 3,4, or 5 year old is showing delays? Please contact: The Office of Special Programs to schedule a screening. (409)925-9050.
What services are avialble to childrene younger than three? Early Childhood Intervention(ECI) services are available to children ages birth to 3 who demonstrate developmental delays. Some services are provided by the district when a child has a visual or auditory impaiment. For additional information please contact: First Steps ECI, (409)784-5435
How do I get help for my child who attends Private School or is Home Schooled?
If your child is kindergarten eligible (age 5 before Sept. 1) or older and attends a Non-Profit Private School or home school located within the boundaries of Santa Fe ISD, you have the right to request an evaluation. Please contact Kathy Oliver, Director of Special Programs(409)925-9050 to request an evaluation and/or discuss available services.
How do I get help for my child who is already attending school but I suspect a disability?
If a child is experiencing learning difficulties or a parent suspects a disability, the parent may contact the child's teacher, counselor, assiistant principal, or The Office of Special Programs to learn about the district’s overall refferral process and support services.
Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorials, compensatory and other academic or behavior 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 informed written consent for the evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within 45 school 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 parent how to obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards - Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.