Parent Navigator

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    Plano ISD Special Education MISSION

    We will ADVOCATE and COLLABORATE to help ALL students and staff ACHIEVE their full POTENTIAL, meet INDIVIDUAL needs, and promote GROWTH of the WHOLE CHILD!

    This is a site to support parents with students in Special Education.

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    Important for all Families

    This section includes important resources that are considered to be "top of the list things do to."

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    General Information

    The sections below provide information regarding special education contact lists, acronyms, evaluations, IDEA, and more.  There are also sections that include information you may need in regards to a particular time of year. 

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    The resource section provides links for special education, program, and community resources. 

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    ARD Process 

    In the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Process sections you will find links to provide further information about the ARD and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) processes such as the ARD guide and procedural safeguards. 

  • Admission Review, and Dismissal Process (ARD)

    ARD Guide (English): "The guide is designed to give you, as the parent of a child who is or
    may be eligible for special education services, a better understanding of the special education

    ARD Guide (Spanish)

  • Custody Resources


    Link to information about guardianship and alternatives

    OSEP Custody Resources  

  • Interpreters

    Interpreter Services

    The district must provide the parent with a written or audiotaped copy of the child's IEP translated into the parent's native language. Texas Educ. Code § 29.005(d)(1). 

    If you need an interpreter for a meeting, contact your child's case manager and they will follow the district process for requesting an interpreter. 

  • More Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and ARD Resources

    A Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs

  • Procedural Safeguards

    Procedural Safeguards (English): Rights of Parents of Children with Disabilities

    Procedural Safeguards (Spanish)

  • Surrogate Parent

    A surrogate or foster parent may be needed to represent a student with a disability during the special education process as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).  

    In cases where the child has no parent(s), none can be located, or the child is a ward of the state, a surrogate parent must be appointed to make educational decisions on behalf of the child and to protect the child’s rights in matters relating to identification, evaluation, and placement in special education. 

    Surrogate/foster parents are provided with required training by the campus Special Education Department 

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    Transition Support 

    Transition Support is for all ages (pre-k to adult). Additional information regarding these transitions by age level are linked below.