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September 2018 Issue
Welcome Back to the 2018-2019 School Year!  

September is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Because young children and their parents may not be aware of reduced visual functioning, routine vision screening and/or eye examinations are vitally important to detect problems before the child’s development is compromised. Any possible problem identified by vision screening must be followed up with a comprehensive eye examination. This is key for the child's academic progress.

Develop a Sleep Routine

  • Getting enough sleep is critical for a child to be successful in school. Children who do not get enough sleep have difficulty concentrating and learning as well as they can.
  • Set a consistent bedtime for your child and stick with it every night. Having a bedtime routine that is consistent will help your child settle down and fall asleep. Components of a calming pre-bedtime routine may involve a bath/shower, reading with them, and tucking them in and saying good-night to them.
  • Have your child turn off electronic devices well before bedtime.
  • Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most younger children is 10-12 hours per night and for adolescents (13-18 year of age) is in the range of 8-10 hours per night.


The “Tomorrow Program”

The La Porte ISD Special Programs department cordially invites you to attend “A Showcase of Programs and Agencies”.  Take this opportunity to talk with public agencies and district specialists about services for students with disabilities.

When: October 16, 2018
Where: LPHS Student Center
Time: 5:30-7:00 

Click Here for Additional Information.


ALTERNATIVES TO GUARDIANSHIP

When a child with disabilities reaches the age of majority (age 18), guardianship may need to be considered since parents do not automatically remain their child’s natural guardian.   It is a difficult decision in many cases, since the individual is deemed to be incapacitated, loses all civil rights, including the right to vote, drive, or marry.  Guardianship is determined by a judge in a court of law and services of an attorney are often required. Guardianship is necessary if the individual’s parents, doctor, psychologist, and caregivers all agree that the individual is not capable of making decisions even with appropriate guidance and information. 


All adults with severe disabilities do not require a guardian.  Guardianship should only be used after other less-restrictive alternatives have been considered.   There are many such alternatives to guardianship that give people with disabilities support to make decisions without taking away their rights. 


Alternatives to guardianship can include:

  • Supported decision-making
  • Medical power of attorney
  • Durable power of attorney
  • Special needs trust
  • Medicaid services
  • Money management programs.


For Additional Information: 
LPISD Special Programs Futures Planning

Aiding Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services

For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom, all school districts and open enrollment charter schools must consider tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts and charter schools to meet the needs of all struggling students.

If your child is experiencing learning difficulties, you may contact your child's teacher, the campus counselor, the campus administrators, or the Special Programs department to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for a special education evaluation or for a Section 504 evaluation to determine if the student needs specific aids, accommodations, or services.  A parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time. 


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