It's almost time to resume classes and I can't wait to see returning and new students in small groups! Your children bring me such joy and I can't wait to help them achieve within their classrooms.
The CFES LPAC committee will convene on September 14, 2016 to recommend placement for students new to Creekside Forest and to Texas. Once parents have given written permission for new students to become part of the bilingual/ESL program, classes will begin.
- Students that were previously served in ESL will remain in the program unless otherwise notified in writing during the Spring of 2016. There is no need to sign anything new!
What is the process for newly identified students?
The state of Texas requires school districts to offer a bilingual program (if applicable) to students that qualify. If a bilingual program is not available, students will have the option of accepting ESL services. Because of this law, students will be given the option to attend bilingual classes. Creekside Forest is not a bilingual school, therefore students that accept bilingual services, will be bused to Tomball Elementary School.
What if I deny bilingual services?
Should parents deny bilingual services, parents then have the option of accepting ESL programming. By accepting ESL, students will be provided with linguistic accommodations, on our campus, to help them grow in English proficiency. Accommodations will take place within student classrooms and/or small group interventions within their classrooms and/or with the ESL Specialist.
What kind of correspondence should I look for?
ESL services: At this point TISD only offers bilingual services in Spanish. Because of this, the LPAC committee will send only one letter that must be signed and returned.
If bilingual services are provided in your native language, a series of three letters must be signed and returned:
- Acceptance/Denial of Bilingual Services
- A Waiver/Renuncia of Bilingual Services
- Acceptance/Denial of ESL programs
Explanation of letters:
Acceptance/Denial of Program Recommendation Letter:
After today's meeting, students that qualify for Bilingual or ESL services, will receive a letter. The letter will contain the option to accept/deny bilingual services or accept/deny ESL services and must be signed and returned to school.
If Bilingual services are denied, then a waiver to deny bilingual services (Renuncia de Servicios Bilingues) will be sent along with an ESL Programs letter. This waiver must be signed & returned to school.
ESL programs Acceptance/Denial Letter:
The third letter provides the option of acceptance or denial of ESL programs. Upon receipt and signed return of all three letters, your student will be accepted into the ESL program.
(Please keep in mind that the series of three letters are only for students that are eligible for bilingual services. Students that are eligible for ESL services, because bilingual is not offered, will only have one letter.)
Once all letters have been signed and returned, your child can then begin receiving ESL services.
Whew...if you made it the end of this update, I applaud you! I realize this is complicated and I am available to answer questions and explain in more detail if needed. Please feel free to give me a call or send an email should you have questions.
Thanks for all of your support, I look forward to a great year!
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