• Welcome to Special Education

  • Plano ISD Special Education Department Mission

    Plano ISD Special Education Department will provide a full continuum of services and supports in order to educate, inspire, and empower every student to achieve their unique potential in a dynamic world.

  • Updates in Special Education

    In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute the updates in special education at: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Updates-on-Special-Education.pdf

    Additional notices are available at http://direc.to/dVYo regarding:


    OSEP Compensatory Services Notification

    TEA developed a document to assist parents whose children may have been previously delayed or denied an evaluation under IDEA in requesting compensatory services for their child. 

    • OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs) Compensatory Services Notification Requirement: English / Español

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    Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

    Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) are $1,500 one-time on-line grants for eligible parents/caregivers of eligible students served by special education that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures. 

    Families of eligible students can use the on-line accounts to obtain educational materials and resources and/or services such as additional therapy, tutoring, or other specific services.

    Beginning November 1, 2021, to be eligible for the SSES grant, students must currently be:

    • enrolled in a Texas public school,
    • enrolled in PreK - 12th grade,
    • and a student with a disability served through Special Education.

    What is SSES? Program Overview:   ENGLISH   |   SPANISH   |   VIETNAMESE   |   ARABIC   |   SIMPLIFIED CHINESE 

    SSES Overview Video:   ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

    SSES Parent Webinar:  ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

    Link to SSES homepage and to apply: ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

    Link to all resources available on TEA SSES website: ENGLISH (landing page with Spanish and other languages resources included)

    Link to FAQs: ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

  • Actualizaciones en Educación Especial

    En el año 2019, la 86a Asamblea Legislativa de Texas aprobó el Proyecto de Ley del Senado 139 (Senate Bill, o SB, 139), que exige a todas las agencias de educación locales de Texas distribuir a todos los padres el aviso a continuación.

    Aviso para padres en español https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/updates-on-special-education-spanish.pdf

    Por favor, lea el aviso y luego haga clic en http://direc.to/dVYo para leer los cuatro avisos adicionales proporcionados:


    OSEP Compensatory Services Notification

    TEA developed a document to assist parents whose children may have been previously delayed or denied an evaluation under IDEA in requesting compensatory services for their child. 

    • OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs) Compensatory Services Notification Requirement: English / Español 

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    Servicios Complementarios de Educación Especial (SSES por sus siglas en inglés)

    Los Servicios Suplementarios de Educación Especial (SSES por sus siglas en inglés) otorga subvenciones únicas en línea de $1,500 para padres / guardianes de estudiantes elegibles atendidos por educación especial que han sido afectados por el cierre de escuelas por la pandemia COVID-19. 

    Las familias de los estudiantes elegibles pueden usar las cuentas en línea para obtener materiales y recursos educativos y / o servicios como terapia del habla adicional u otros servicios específicos. 

    Criterios de elegibilidad de SSES:

    • Matriculado en una escuela pública de Texas,
    • Inscrito en PreK - 12th grado, y
    • Un estudiante con una discapacidad atendido por un programa de educación especial.

    What is SSES? Program Overview:   ENGLISH   |   SPANISH   |   VIETNAMESE   |   ARABIC   |   SIMPLIFIED CHINESE 

    SSES Overview Video:   ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

    SSES Parent Webinar:  ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

    Link to SSES homepage and to apply: ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

    Link to all resources available on TEA SSES website: ENGLISH (landing page with Spanish and other languages resources included)

    Link to FAQs: ENGLISH   |   SPANISH

  • Plano ISD provides special education services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21, who have a need for specially designed instruction. Identification of children with disabilities begins at birth. Plano ISD is actively involved with “child find” efforts to ensure that children with learning challenges have access to evaluations and services, when appropriate. Parents who have concerns about their child’s development or academic performance may call the Child Find 'Lift Off to Learning' Help Line at 469-752-4299, for more information.

    Services for children who have auditory or visual impairments may begin at birth. Services for students with other disabilities are initiated on their third birthday. A student must meet eligibility criteria in one of the following areas: auditory impairment, autism, emotional disturbance, learning disability, intellectual disability, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment.

    Plano ISD believes in educating students in the least restrictive environment. A full continuum of instructional and related services is available to eligible students, with initial consideration given to provision of services in the general education classroom to the greatest extent possible. Students spend various amounts of time in general education and special education settings, depending upon their specific needs. Planning for a student’s special education program begins on the neighborhood campus. Support services are available on the neighborhood campus as well as district-wide instructional / related services.

    Parents are vital members of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committee, which develops an appropriate program of services for each student.