Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination to students based on their disability. Section 504 ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to his/her education.
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
- have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- have a record of such an impairment; or
- be regarded as having such an impairment.
Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE means providing regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students are met.
(Parent Center Hub/Section 504)
Each Tulia campus has a Section 504 Campus Coordinator who will be able to assist you if you feel an evaluation is needed.
§504 Child Find Notice - See attached document below.
Senate Bill (SB) 2075 requires school districts to notify the parents or guardians of students determined, on the basis of dyslexia screening or reading instrument results to have dyslexia or a related disorder, or to be at risk for dyslexia or other reading difficulties, to have access to the Talking Book Program (TBP) maintained by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The TBP provides students with reading disabilities the ability to borrow audiobooks free of charge, and includes over 100,000 titles, hundreds of which are in Spanish.
Gifted and Talented:
A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
- exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
- possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
- excels in a specific academic field. (TEA.Texas/Gifted and Talented Education)
Students at Tulia Elementary and Tulia Junior High are served through a pull-out model for G/T services with a specialized teacher. High school students are served in their core classes using the full-time inclusion model. All core teachers have 30 hours of GT training with annual 6-hour updates in G/T strategies. High school G/T students are encouraged to work with their counselors to register for upper-level and dual-credit courses while in high school.
Students who enters Tulia ISD and list a language other than English as the language most spoken, will be evaluated through a Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC). English Learners will receive services in their core classes at the Elementary, Junior High, and High School campus. English Learners will be evaluated through the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment or TELPAS. Grades 2 - 12 will be required to take this assessment until they reach Advanced High in all domains (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). After this time, students will be on monitored status.
McKinney Vento (Homeless):
If your family lives in any of the following situations:
- A homeless shelter
- Doubled-up with other people
- Car, Par, empty building, bus or train station
- Motel or campground
Your eligible children have the right to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- Enroll in the local school or continue attending their school of origin if that is your preference.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs.
*See Flier below "McKinney Vento Poster"
Please call the Director of Special Programs at Tulia ISD if you have any questions about any of the above programs at 806-995-4591.