Special Education

This website was created for parents and other members of the community who are seeking information regarding topics in special education or processes followed by the district in regard to special education.


It is the philosophy of the Harlandale Independent School District that Special Education is part of public education that assures that all identified students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education within the least restrictive environment. The district also endorses the concept that students with disabilities shall be educated with their nondisabled peers to the greatest extent possible and that special education is an integral part of the total educational program.

All students, regardless of their special needs, shall be provided a well-balanced curriculum. This includes those Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that represent core knowledge, skills and competencies that all students should learn to be effective and productive members of society.  Students with special needs shall be instructed in those same Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in a manner appropriate to their needs. Special curriculum objectives are provided when necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities that cannot be instructed with the same essential skills as nondisabled peers. The district ensures that programs for special populations are coordinated with and are an integral part of the total instructional program.

The Special Education Department is committed to meeting individual student needs through communication and collaboration among general education staff, special education staff and parents. An array of instructional services is provided which allows learning in an environment that is most appropriate and least restrictive to meet each student's needs.

The Special Education Department accomplishes its goals and objectives by providing support and service to campuses, central office, parents, and most importantly, the student. l of your parents and other interested stakeholders.


The Goals of the Special Education Department: 
  • Identifying and providing interventions for students with disabilities at no cost to the parent/guardian.
  • Serving students in the least restrictive environment with non-disabled peers.
  • Maintaining high expectations for all students leading to independence and potential employment at the end of the instructional program.

Procedural Safeguards
Procedural Safeguards in English July 2018 (PDF)
Aviso Sobre Procedimientos de Protección
Aviso Sobre Procedimientos de Protección July 2018 (PDF)

Parent's Guide to the Admission Review and Dismissal Process Picture
Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process July 2018.pdf  (PDF)

Guia Para Padres del Proceso de Admision, Re[aso. y Retiro
Guía del Padre para el Proceso de Admisión, Repaso, y Retiro Página Julio 2018.pdf (PDF)

Special Education Rules and Regulations
Special Education Rules and Regulations (PDF)

§ 300.1 Purposes. The purposes of this part are— (a) To ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living; (b) To ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected; (c) To assist States, localities, educational service agencies, and Federal agencies to provide for the education of all children with disabilities; and (d) To assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities. 



New  Mandatory Post ARD Parent Surveys: 
2019-2020 Links
Parent/Family ARD Meeting Survey, Pre-K - 5th
Encuesta de ARD para padres de familia, Pre-K - 5th
Parent/Family ARD Meeting Survey, 6th - Post-Secondary
Encuesta de ARD para padres de familia, 6th - postsecundaria

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has updated its Special Education Systems Dispute Resolution Handbook.  The handbook is designed to assist parents, school officials, and other interested parties in understanding and working through TEA’s special education dispute resolution system. It provides information on individualized education program (IEP) facilitation, mediation, due process hearings, and state complaints.  The handbook may be found on the TEA website at:
Special Education Systems Dispute Resolution Handbook

TEA Action Required Special Education Corrective Action Response Requirements & Timelines
Special Education Corrective Action Response Requirements and Timelines.pdf

June 2018 REVISED English StudentHandbookStatement.docx

June 2018 REVISED Spanish StudentHandbookStatement.docx

A Department Committed to Service, Support and Communication

Special Education Department
C/O Scheh Center
906 March Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78214
Main Number: 210-989-5255

Della Taylor
Director of Special Education

Chrislane Puente
Coordinator of Special Education

 TEA Graduation Toolkit
Texas Education Agency Graduation Toolkit

Cameras in the Classroom
Operating Guidelines for Video Surveillance
of Special Education Settings

Special Education Resources for the Campus Administrator
Special Education Resources for the Campus Administrator


Non Discrimination Act/Acto No Discriminación

In accordance with Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, the Harlandale Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, military status, color, national origin, age, sex,disability or any other basis prohibited by law. Title IX Coordinators are James Klein & Diane Tudyk, 102 Genevieve Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214, (210)989-4393. Section 504 Coordinator is Kathleen Stark (Elementary) and Katherine Pena (Secondary) 7026 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78214, (210) 989-4445.

De acuerdocon el Titulo VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles del año 1972, elArticulo 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitacion del año1973 y el Titulo II dela Ley de los Estadounidenses con Discapacidades del año 1992, elDistrito Escolar Independiente de Harlandale no discrimina por motivosde raza, religion, estado militar, color, nacionalidad, edad, sexo,discapacidad ni por ningun otro motivo prohibido por la ley. Los Coordinadores del Titulo IX son James Klein  y Diane Tudyk, 102 Genevieve Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214, (210) 989-4393. Los Coordinadores del Articulo 504 son Kathleen Stark (Escuelas Primarias) and Katherine Pena (Escuelas Secundarias) 7026 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78214, (210) 989-4445.

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