A note from the Special Education Director
During this difficult time, our thoughts and well wishes are with all of our special education students and their families. I am very thankful for all the special education staff who are working fervently to make contact with parents to ensure that services continue to be provided. All parents will be directly contacted (some have already been addressed in ARD meetings) to determine what is called a continuity plan. This will be an explanation of how the district will be providing services during the pandemic. While the services may look different at this time, our goal is to ensure students are successful through the remainder of this school year. If you have any questions about your student's services, please call our office between 8-4 Monday through Friday.
Kelly Pieterse Ashley Kimich
Director of Special Education Coordinator
Torrie Oliphant Child Find Information
Transition Specialist (936) 435-6970
Huntsville ISD strives to provide appropriate programs for all students and we believe our charge is to build champions. The district provides facilities, personnel, and supportive services to aid students in learning at the pace and in the manner most appropriate for their capabilities. Dedicated educators continually strive to plan, establish, and implement special education programs that meet the needs of the community. As the needs of our students change, Huntsville ISD modifies programs to meet these needs.
Students from ages 3 through 21, (birth through 21 with visual or auditory impairment) residing within the Huntsville ISD boundaries, may be eligible for special education services. Parents, teachers, and other Huntsville ISD staff identify and refer these students for a Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE). An Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee determines the student's eligibility and educational need based on state criteria. Full and Individual Evaluations are available through an appropriate referral for students residing within Huntsville ISD. Evaluation personnel serve each school by administering evaluations, making recommendations for IEP development, and assisting school staff.
Child with a disability means a child evaluated in accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) as having and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.
Other Health Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Traumatic Brain Injury
Non-Categorical Early Childhood
The Special Education Program in Huntsville ISD is ready and willing to serve all eligible students. All children with disabilities residing in the state regardless of the severity of their disabilities and who need special education and related services must be identified, located and evaluated. For more information regarding Child Find, please contact Kelly Pieterse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-435-6970.
Parents are an important resource and support for our students and significantly contribute to their success. Their participation is a vital component of the total educational process. Parents and the school form a team effort to provide quality services to exceptional children.
Private School Students
All state requirements concerning child find, referral, evaluation and determination of eligibility are applicable.