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Parental rights transfer to a student when the student becomes age 18, unless the parent or someone else has been appointed legal guardian of the student.

Guardianship of an adult student
If an adult student has a legal guardian, that person has the responsibility for making decisions on behalf of the student. The guardian must send TSBVI current guardianship documents regularly, since these documents are time-limited and must be updated. Unless TSBVI has a current and valid court order granting guardianship, TSBVI will assume that no guardianship exists.

Power of Attorney by an adult student
TSBVI requires that each adult student without a guardian provide a signed and notarized Power of Attorney. In this document, the student designates someone, such as a parent, who will have authority to act on the student’s behalf while the student attends TSBVI. The designated person will have the right to make decisions for the student if the student wishes or if the student is not able to do so. TSBVI may need to contact or get assistance from the person, for example, if the student requires emergency medical care or if the student is unable to give consent for medical treatment or make other decisions. The student should ensure that that the designated person is able and willing to take on this responsibility.

The adult student can use the following form for this purpose.

Power of Attorney Form Regular Print
Power of Attorney Form Large Print
Power of Attorney Form Spanish
Power of Attorney Form for Braille (right-click link and select Save Link As to save file to desktop)

Permissions and Consents

For students who are age 18 or older who are their own guardians, the student (not the parent) must sign permissions and consents.

If the parent has Guardianship or Power of Attorney for an adult age student, the parent should sign permissions and consents. In this case, the parent should ensure that TSBVI has been provided current Guardianship or Power of Attorney documents.

ARD Participation

As you may know, parental rights transfer to the student when the student becomes age 18, unless the parent has been appointed legal guardian of the student. At that time, the student, rather than the parent, has the right to make educational decisions. Parents (and the adult student) will still be provided with prior written notices from your local district, but parents may not attend an ARD meeting unless invited by the adult student or school.

At TSBVI, we encourage parents to continue to participate and support adult students in decision-making. TSBVI recognizes that parents usually have knowledge or special expertise regarding the student, so TSBVI will recommend to the student’s local school district that the student’s parents be invited to all the student’s ARD meetings. The student, rather than the parent, will make decisions. Adult students should discuss concerns or questions regarding this arrangement with the Assistant Principal.

Student Records

Federal law requires that, as soon as a student becomes 18 or is emancipated by a court, control of the records goes to the student. The parents may continue to have access to the records, however, if the student is a dependent for tax purposes.

Modifying the Visitor List

The adult student may modify the student’s visitor list at any time by notifying the Residential Instructor or Admissions Coordinator. When an adult student modifies the visitor list, the parent will be informed of the modification.

From the Texas Department of State Health Services - June, 2015

(Download Original Cover Letter)

(Download State Immunization Requirements)

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Texas Schools, Kindergarten through 12th Grade:

The purpose of this letter is to remind parents about the need for back-to-school immunizations and to provide immunization resource materials. In order to answer any questions you may have pertaining to vaccine requirements, enclosed are the latest Texas vaccine requirements for Texas school children: the 2015-2016 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12. There are no changes to the vaccines required from the previous school year.

Texas state law requires students attending school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. The Immunization Branch encourages you to get your child vaccinated early so as to avoid the end-of-summer vaccination rush. Getting your child vaccinated protects your child’s health and that of the community.

Students should get vaccines from their health-care provider. If necessary, please make an appointment to get your child vaccinated as soon as possible. Remember, students cannot go to school without the appropriate documentation for the required vaccines or a valid medical or conscientious exemption.

Should you have any questions about the recommended vaccines, please consult your health-care provider. You can also visit the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website at or call the Immunization Branch customer service number at (800) 252-9152. Thank you for keeping your child immunized and free from vaccine-preventable diseases. We wish you a rewarding and productive 2015-2016 school year!


Kelly Patson
Immunization Branch Manager


9th: SAT [if requested]

17th: PSAT

22nd: TAKS ELA Exit Retest

23rd: TAKS Math Exit Retest

24th: TAKS Science Exit Retest

25th: TAKS Social Studies Exit Retest


6th: SAT [if requested]


3rd: EOC ENGI& ENGIII Writing

4th: EOC ENGI & ENGIII Reading

5th: EOC ENGII Writing

6th: EOC ENGII Reading


3rd-14th: EOC Assessment Window: EOC exams other than ENGI,II,III


7th: STAAR-Alternate window opens


4th: TAKS & TAKS-M Exit ELA; TAKS Exit ELA retest

5th: TAKS Math Exit retest

6th: TAKS Science Exit retest

7th: TAKS Social Studies Exit retest

18th: TELPAS window opens


1st: EOC ENGI & ENGIII Writing [Note: school holiday]

2nd: EOC ENGI & ENGIII Reading

Grades 4&7 Writing day 1

Grades 5&8 Math

3rd: EOC ENGII Writing

Grades 4&7 Writing day 2

Grades 5&8 Reading

4th: EOC ENGII Reading

5th: STAAR make-up tests for April 1st-4th

10th: TELPAS window closes—deadline for entering TELPAS assessments

19th: STAAR-Alternate window closes—deadline for entering STAAR-alternate data

22nd: TAKS ELA Exit Retest

23rd: Grades 3&4 Math

Grades 6&7 Math

TAKS & TAKS-M Exit Math; TAKS Exit Math retest

24th: Grades 3&4 Reading

Grades 6&7 Reading

Grades 5&8 Science

TAKS & TAKS-M Exit Science; TAKS Exit Science retest

25th: Grade 8 Social Studies

TAKS & TAKS-M Exit SocStu; TAKS Exit SocStu retest

26th: STAAR make-up tests for April 23rd-25th


6th-17th: EOC Assessment Window: EOC exams other than ENGI,II,III

14th: Grades 5&8 Math retest

15th: Grades 5&8 Reading retest

16th– 17th: Make-up exams for grades 5&8 Math and Reading


25th: Grades 5&8 Math retest

26th: Grades 5&8 Reading retest


8th – 11th: EOC ENGI,II,III Reading & Writing

TAKS Exit retests

8th – 19th: EOC Assessment Window: EOC exams other than ENGI,II,III

Early on Thursday January 19th, the TSBVI Wildcats made the long bus ride to Jackson, Mississippi to participate in the 2012 South Central Association of Schools for the Blind (SCASB) Wrestling, Cheer and Performing Arts Meet. 

Once there, the Wildcats made their presence known to the other schools participating.

The SCASB weekend kicked off with the Wildcat Choir, led by Jane Runquist, Yvette C., Jalisa T., Alisha M., Mohammed A., Cassandra J, Chiji I, Juan D., Emily N., Ian H., Amy F. and Isaac H., singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rogers and Hammerstein, “Fix You” by Coldplay and “Bright Morning Star” by Will Schmidt.  The Wildcat Classical Guitar Class: Isaac H., Ian H., Alex A. and Pedro “PJ” N. played “El Chinanti” by Travis Marcum.

However, the Wildcats also had the chance to display their physical talents on the gym floor when the Cheer and Wrestling portion of SCASB started.  The Wildcat Cheer Squad, coached by Tammy Reed and Melody Ballentine, Cierra M., Alexa O., Naomi G., Brittany W. and Sarai H., brought the entire crowd to their feet with a tremendous display of team spirit and energy that earned them a Second Place Trophy. 

The TSBVI Mascot, Kierra M., earned a Second Place award with a rousing “You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” routine!  And when competition on the mat started, the Wildcat Wrestling Team, coached by Mark Ramirez, John Castillo and Eric Pearson, proved they were up to the challenge as well. 

Amy F. earned Second Place at the 113lb Class.  Garion M. wrestling in the 120lb. Class, finished Third overall.  Pedro “PJ” N., wrestling in the 126lb. Class, took Second.  Isaac H.t, wrestling in the 132lb. Class, finished Fifth overall.  Zach Brown, competing in the 138lb. Class, wrestled his way to a Third Place finish.  Willie H. won the championship at the 160lb. Class.  Malik H., competing at the 220lb. division, took Second Place and Alex A. wrestled to a Championship at the 285lb. Class.  And as a team, the Wildcat Wrestlers earned a Second Place Trophy.

Overall, the TSBVI Wildcats displayed tremendous spirit, competitiveness and sportsmanship! 

Be proud of your Wildcats!

- Mark Ramirez


Tommie's discription of the picture: What I see in the picture is  two connected mirrors off of a bus.   The background is the sky. In the mirror you can see my teacher  Ms.Elliott and myself.   When you look at the image you can see distortion because it was a  bubble mirror. © 1999, Tommie Taylor

Portrait of the photographer

Hi my name is Tommie Taylor and I’m in a class at T.S.B.V.I. Called Vision Quest. Vision Quest is a class for low vision students. The day I took that image the assignment was reflection.

What I see in the picture is two connected mirrors off of a bus. The background is the sky. In the mirror you can see my teacher Ms. Elliott and myself. When you look at the image you can see distortion because it was a bubble mirror.

Through photography I can express myself and to me when you take a picture you capture a piece of time.

Tommie's photograph was entered into Photo Imaging Education Associations 1999 International Student-Teacher Photo Exhibit & Competition. Tommie was entered into the Grade 9 and Below Classification. Her digital image "Mirrors" won 1st place and will travel in an international exhibit for two years. We are very proud of Tommie! - Denise Elliott, Vision Quest Teacher

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Austin, Texas

Maroon and Gold

 WildcatsA TSBVI Wildcat

Mark Ramirez, Wrestling Coach

Tammy Reed, Cheerleading Coach

Robert Pierson, Narrative Arts Teachers

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind

Talladega, Alabama

Red and White 

Redskins An Alabama Redskin

Jack Klein, Wrestling Coach

Judy Williams, Cheerleading Coach


Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Blue and Gold

Trojans A Louisiana Trojan

Bill Jackson, Wrestling Coach

Aleda Tullier, Cheerleading Coach

Mississippi School for the Blind

Jackson, Mississippi

Blue and White

Tigers Tiger

Randy Thompson, Eddie Spann & Walter Harper Wrestling Coaches

Yvonne Wall & Bettye Jones Cheerleading Coaches

New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Blue and Gold

Golden BearsA New Mexico Golden Bear

Robert King, Wrestling Coach 

Kelly King, Cheerleading Coach

Oklahoma School for the Blind

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Blue and White 

Panthers Oklahoma Panther

Rob Culie, Wrestling Coach

Tera Webb, Cheerleading Coach

Skyward Family Access logo

Skyward Family Access, a web-based method for parents to access their student's school information, is now available!

For School Year/Comprehensive Programs students, TSBVI is pleased to announce the launch of Skyward Family Access, a web-based method for parents to access the student's school information, including grade history, grades and attendance.