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2015 - 2016

  • New Employee Orientation
    • August 10 & 11;
    • September 14 & 15;
    • November 9 & 10;
    • December 14;
    • January 11 & 12;
    • February 8 & 9;
    • March 7 & 8;
    • April 11;
    • May 9 & 10
  • Behavior Support “Mandt” Training - August 12 & 13;
  • FVI Training - August 14
  • First Day for Returning Staff - August 17 
  • Staff Development Days
    • August 17, 18, 19;
    • October 12;
    • February 12 (5 total) 
  • Preparation Days
    • August 20;
    • October 9;
    • January 4;
    • June 3 (4 total) 
  • Registration Day/Parent Conference Day - August 23
  • First Day of Classes - August 24;
  • Last Day of Classes/Graduation Day - June 2
  • School Holiday for Students
    • Oct. 9-12;
    • Nov. 23-27;
    • Dec. 21-Jan. 4;
    • February 12-15;
    • March 14-18;
    • March 28;
    • May 6
  • Bad Weather Days - February 15 & May 6
  • Parent Day/Conference Day - November 14
  • Partial Preparation Day/Abbreviated Day of Instruction - December 18 & March 11 – students dismissed from classes at 12:15 p.m.
  • Early Release Day - March 25 – students dismissed from classes at 12:15 p.m.
  • Beginning and Ending of Grading Periods
    • August 24 - October 9
    • October 13 - December 18
    • January 5 - March 11
    • March 21 - June 2
  • Summer School  June 10– July 16 (tentative dates)

177 Instructional Days (I)

188 Contract Days (C)

Short-term Programs: 

  • September 1-4;
  • September 10-13;
  • September 20-25;
  • October 1-7;
  • October 18-23;
  • November 1-14;
  • December 3-6;
  • December 10-13;
  • January 7-10;
  • January 17-22;
  • January 28-31;
  • February 3-14;
  • February 21-26;
  • March 4-6;
  • April 14-17;
  • April 21-24;
  • April 28 - May 1;
  • May 19-22.

Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) calendar:

  • AISD begins classes August 24.
  • AISD student/staff holiday September 7.
  • AISD student holiday October 12.
  • AISD student holiday November 11. 
  • AISD student/staff holiday November 25-27.
  • AISD student holiday December 21-January 4.
  • AISD student/staff holiday January 18
  • AISD student holiday February 15.
  • AISD spring break March 14-18.
  • AISD student/staff holiday March 25.
  • AISD student holiday May 27.
  • AISD student/staff holiday May 30.
  • AISD classes end June 4.

Allowance

Parents are asked to supply an average of $10 per week for extracurricular activities and personal needs.  Please bring the first deposit for your child on registration day.  You may mail additional deposits to TSBVI, attention Paula Effinger, Cashier; or send a check back, made payable to TSBVI, when your child returns to TSBVI after Weekends Home.  If you send a check back with your child, please make sure that your child gives the check to the Residential Instructor or Dorm Manager or, if your child is unable to do so, make sure that the check is immediately visible when the Residential Instructor opens your child's luggage or pack.  Please do not send cash back in your child's luggage.  If you have questions, please contact Paula Effinger, 512.206.9215.  Thanks!

Linens - ONLY for For Students in Comp A Residential Program

  • Twin sheets - one set
  • 1 pillow case and pillow
  • 2 sets of towels and 2 washcloths
  • 1 blanket or comforter

Hygiene Articles

No personal hygiene articles are provided by TSBVI

  • deodorant                                                  
  • 2 Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • brush and comb
  • shampoo and soap
  • sunscreen
  • razor (if needed)
  • hair dryer

 

Clothing

  • Please label all clothing with student's name with a laundry marker.
  • Jeans and Shorts (cut-off jeans, short-shorts, and bike shorts may not be worn to class)
  • T-shirts and tops; skirts and blouses (as appropriate)
  • Dress outfit (as appropriate, for formal occasions) 
  • Tennis shoes (strongly recommended)
  • Sandals
  • Shower thongs or slippers
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear and socks, pajamas and robe
  • Windbreaker or light jacket and one heavy jacket or coat
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Backpack, purse or wallet
  • Sun hat and sunglasses

(Please label all clothing with child's name with laundry marker)

Miscellaneous

Any personal items such as radios, clocks, stereos, wallets, etc. may be brought to school, but must be marked or engraved with the student's name. Also, please clearly mark suitcases or trunks on the end with your child's full name. We do not recommend bicycles due to storage and security issues. (The Recreation Dept provides bicycles.) Other personal items, which may reduce periods of homesickness, are strongly recommended.

The list is only a recommendation of clothing and items the student should bring to school. If a student is required to bring supplies for school, the family will receive a separate list in the mail prior to the start of school.

Student Clothing/Personal Items List

Hygiene Articles

  • Deodorant
  • 2 Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Brush and comb
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Razor (if needed), hair dryer

(No personal hygiene articles are provided by TSBVI)

Linens

  • Twin sheets – one set
  • 1 pillow case and pillow
  • 2 sets of towels and 2 washcloths
  • 1 blanket or comforter

Clothing

  • Jeans and Shorts
    • (cut-off jeans, short-shorts, and bike shorts may not be worn to class)
  • T-shirts and tops; skirts and blouses (as appropriate)
  • Dress outfit (if your child plans to attend church)
  • Tennis shoes (strongly recommended)
  • Sandals
  • Shower thongs or slippers
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear and socks, pajamas and robe
  • Windbreaker or light jacket and one heavy jacket or coat
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Backpack, purse or wallet
  • Sun hat and sunglasses

(Please label all clothing with child's name with laundry marker)

Miscellaneous

Any personal items such as radios, clocks, stereos, wallets, etc. may be brought to school, but must be marked or engraved with the student's name. Also, please clearly mark suitcases or trunks on the end with your child's full name. We do not recommend bicycles due to storage and security issues. (The Recreation Dept provides bicycles.) Other personal items, which may reduce periods of homesickness, are strongly recommended.

The list is only a recommendation of clothing and items the student should bring to school. If a student is required to bring supplies for school, the family will receive a separate list in the mail prior to the start of school.

What Happens on Registration Day?

  1. If a student will start school at TSBVI at the beginning of the school year, the student and parents or guardian will arrive on campus on a Sunday for registration. This gives the family an opportunity to meet with the school nurses, and meet the student’s instructional team and dormitory staff. School starts the following Monday morning.
  2. If a student will be starting school at TSBVI after the first day of school, the student and parent or guardian will arrive on campus to register with the Admissions Coordinator. The student and family will meet with the school Health Center nurses, the student’s teachers, and finally move into the dormitory.
  3. During registration at the start of the school year, as well as during the school year, the family will be given information such as class schedules, helpful phone numbers, and information about weekend and holiday travel.
  4. Prior to any registration, parents or guardians will be asked to complete several registration forms either through online registration in the TSBVI Skyward student information system, or by paper if the parent prefers.

If you are interested in learning about admission of a student to Comprehensive Programs or if you would like to request an application, please read the guide below.
You may contact Cathy Olsen for further information.

Admissions Coordinator: Cathy Olsen 
Email: 
Phone: (512) 206-9182

Steps to Admission

  1. TSBVI serves students who are residents of Texas.
  2. Students must have been determined by their local school districts to be eligible for educational services as students with a visual impairment or deafblindness.
  3. Referrals for consideration for admission must be originated by the student's local school district in collaboration with the student’s parent. The local school district would need to hold an ARD Committee Meeting to request admission to TSBVI.
  4. TSBVI cannot accept direct parent referrals.
  5. The school is intended to serve students who require specialized or intensive educational or related services related to the visual impairment. The school is not intended to serve:
    • students whose needs are appropriately addressed in a home or hospital setting or in a residential treatment facility; or
    • students whose primary, ongoing needs are related to a severe or profound emotional, behavioral, or cognitive deficit. (TEC §30.021)
  6. The first point of contact at TSBVI is the Admissions Coordinator at 512-206-9182.
  7. The Admissions Coordinator will explain the admissions process to the representative of the local school district. The representative will be asked to send a copy of the student’s ARD in which TSBVI referral was discussed.
  8. Upon receipt of the ARD document, the TSBVI Admissions Coordinator will communicate by phone with the local district representative. She will follow up by sending the application for admission and a request for additional information about the student, such as the FIE report, related service reports, and other important documents.
  9. At any point in the referral process, parents and local school district representatives are welcome to tour the campus and meet staff members.
  10. The local school district sends the application and other requested materials to the Admissions Coordinator.
  11. After receiving the student application and other documentation requested, the TSBVI Referral Committee will review all information to determine 1) if the student is eligible for services at TSBVI; and if so, 2) whether it appears that the student is receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from the local district. The Committee determines whether the student is admitted, not admitted or whether additional information is needed. An on-site visit to the local school district may be requested to obtain further information.
  12. The Director of the Center for School Resources will notify the local school district of the decision of the Referral Committee.
  13. If the local school district is not satisfied with the recommendation of the Referral Committee, it may appeal the decision to the Director of the Center for School Resources.
  14. If the student is admitted, the Principal and program supervisors determine the program placement and tentative enrollment date for the student.
  15. The Admissions Coordinator arranges the student's enrollment date with the local school district and parents. Registration materials will be sent to the parent and must be received before the student can enroll at TSBVI.
  16. On the day of enrollment, the student and family participate in registration activities. This includes meeting staff who will work with the student at TSBVI, checking in with the school Health Center nurses, and moving the student into the dormitory if the student will be residential.
  17. A date and time for an initial joint ARD Committee Meeting between TSBVI, the local district and the parents or adult student will be arranged. The purpose of this ARD will be to develop the IEP, to discuss the student's placement at TSBVI, and to make a plan for return of the student to the local school district. From the time a student is accepted for admission, TSBVI focuses on developing a strong partnership with the staff of the student’s local school district and with the parent.
  18. TSBVI, the local school district, and the parents or adult student will review the student's educational placement every year at the annual ARD Committee Meeting. During the student’s enrollment, TSBVI collaborates intensively with the district and other agency staff and the student’s family to prepare for the student’s return to the district as soon as the district is prepared to provide a FAPE.