Special Programs

208 East Brier - Burnet, Texas 78611  |  Phone: 512-756-2124   |  Fax: 512-715-5135
Director of Special Programs
Kelly Pieterse kpieterse@burnetcisd.net 
Coordinator for Special Programs
Dr. Cole Davis cdavis@burnetcisd.net
Behavior Specialist
Justin White - jdwhite@burnetcisd.net
Special Programs Secretary
Sandra Garrett - sgarrett@burnetcisd.net
Special Programs Secretary
Michelle Blake - mblake@burnetcisd.net
Transition and Employment Designee
Rita Williams - rwilliams@burnetcisd.net
Beginning with the 2017 school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) changed the way it reports special education enrollment in school systems. TEA no longer includes a target for a school system’s total numbers of students in special  education as part of state monitoring.
A parent or guardian has the right to request a special education evaluation at any time. It is best to submit this request in writing to your school’s principal or to the school district’s special education director. If your child is pre-school age and not yet enrolled in school, send the letter to the district’s special education director. To begin the special education process for your child: Cole Davis, Ph.D. (512-715-5107).
A partir del año escolar 2017, la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA, por sus siglas en inglés) cambió la forma en que informa la inscripción a la educación especial en sistemas escolares. La TEA ya no incluye un objetivo para el número total de estudiantes en educación especial del sistema escolar como parte de la  supervisión del estado. Para comenzar el proceso de educación especial para su hijo: Cole Davis, Ph.D. (512-715-5107).
This Texas Education Agency link provides Texas families with information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (English) (Spanish), Dyslexia (English) (Spanish), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (English) (Spanish), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (English) (Spanish).
Delayed or Denied Evaluations & Compensatory Services
This TEA-developed document assists parents whose children may have been previously delayed or denied an evaluation under the IDEA in requesting compensatory services for their child (English) and (Spanish).
Compensatory Services and COVID-19 
This TEA-developed document provides parents with information on how to work with the rest of the ARD committee to make good decisions about compensatory services (English) (Spanish).
IDEA is the collection of federal regulations for special education that ensures a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities that attend public schools. IDEA requires that each public school provide services to eligible special education students in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and in accordance with each student’s individualized education program (IEP).
The purpose of the Rules and Regulations Side-By-Side is to help educators, parents, and other stakeholders to better understand the federal regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Texas Education Code (TEC), and the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), which is the Commissioner's and State Board of Education (SBOE) Rules. 
The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) is a state-level training mandated by Senate Bill 1196 and the Texas Administrative Code §89.1053. The TBSI training is designed to provide foundational knowledge for the use of positive behavior interventions and supports for all students, including those with disabilities.​
School-wide Positive Behavior Support is a systems approach to establishing social, cultural, and behavioral supports needed for all children in a school to achieve both social and academic success.
In Texas, a student’s IEP must include transition discussion by their 14th birthday (TEC §29.011). This discussion must include a statement of needed transition services, including instruction, related services, community experiences, employment, and other post school adult living objectives, and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
The Transition and Employment Guide (2021 English) (2018 Spanish) required by HB 617 from the 83rd Texas Legislature has been developed by TEA and a team of stakeholders. The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living. 
As of 10/06/2021, Texas Transition and Employment Guide has only provided the 2021 English Revision. However, the webpage indicated the 2021 Spanish Revision will be coming soon. The 2021 Spanish Revision link will be added to this page once it has been added to the Texas Transition webpage.