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Coding Attendance for Students Attending a Short-Term Program Class

at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Since the 1999-2000 school year, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) has provided a service delivery model called Short-Term Programs (STP). This program serves students who attend school in their local district, but come to the TSBVI campus one or more times during the school year for a three-to-five day class designed to address the unique needs of students with visual impairments.

Texas Education Agency officials have determined that, in accordance with 19 TAC 129.21(k)(1), students who attend a short-term program at TSBVI should be counted as “in attendance” in their local school on those days that the student attends short-term program classes. On any school day that the student might travel to and from the TSBVI program but not actually attend classes, the student may not be counted “in attendance”. A provision to this effect is included in the agreement between the student’s district and TSBVI, addressing the student’s attendance in short-term programs (see provision #6. Attendance Accounting). To assist local districts with attendance counting, TSBVI sends a letter to the local school at the end of each class, verifying the dates that their student was attending an STP class.

Signature for Sara Merritt

Sara Merritt
Principal, Short-Term Programs