Special Programs

208 East Brier - Burnet, Texas 78611  |  Phone: 512-756-2124   |  Fax: 512-715-5135
 
Director of Special Programs
Kelly Pieterse [email protected] 
 
Coordinator for Special Programs
Dr. Cole Davis [email protected]
 
Behavior Specialist
Justin White - [email protected]
 
Special Programs Administrative Assistant
Sandra Garrett - [email protected]
 
Special Programs Administrative Assistant
Michelle Blake - [email protected]
 
Transition and Employment Designee
Dr. Cole Davis [email protected]
 
Mission Statement
 
The Special Programs Department exists to provide leadership and service to equip campuses with the knowledge and skills in order for students to create their own future success. The department believes in the power and importance of collaboration with campus staff, parents and students to provide a world class education for all our Special Education students in Burnet CISD.

Vision Statement
 
The Special Programs Department’s vision is to provide a level playing field for all the Special Education students in order to have access to the general education curriculum from a continuum of service delivery models in Burnet CISD.
Care Solace is available 24hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to quality mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, regardless of insurance coverage. 
 
If you are interested in counseling-related services for your child, yourself, or another family member, please contact Care Solace for valuable assistance at (888) 515-0595. This is a complimentary resource provided by Burnet Consolidated ISD. 
 
Letter: (English) (Spanish)
 
Flyer: (English) (Spanish)
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 (Senate Bill 139 (Notice to Families).
 
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 website 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).
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).
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).
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (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 Special Education 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.​
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 (Texas Transition).
 
The Transition and Employment Guide (English) (Spanish) (Korean) (Vietnamese) (Chinese) 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. Additional information can be found at Texas Transition and Employment Guide.
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports 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.