Transition

  • Transition services are a coordinated set of activities designed to facilitate the movement of a student entitled to an IEP from school to post-school activities, including:

    • Postsecondary education, vocational education, competitive or supported employment, on-the-job training, continuing/adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
    • Transition services include instruction, related services, community experiences, development of employment and other adult living objectives, connection to adult agencies/service providers, and acquisition of daily living skills when appropriate based on the student’s individual strengths, preferences, interests, and needs as determined from annual, age-appropriate transition assessments.
    • Transition services for students continuing with their IEP after completion of the Texas Foundation High School Plan graduation requirements are determined by the ARD committee and may be provided on the student’s campus or through application to one of the Royse City ISD adult transition programs.
    • The student must be invited to the ARD committee meeting when transition services are being discussed. Student response to the ARD invitation must be maintained in the student’s state file. If the student does not attend, other steps will be taken, as indicated, to ensure that the student's preferences and interests are considered.
    • The Texas Transition and Employment Guide is posted on Royse City ISD’s website, information regarding how to access the electronic version is provided in writing, and a printed copy is available upon request.
    • By age 14 and updated annually thereafter, the ARD committee must consider/address the appropriate involvement of the student, parent, and others invited to participate by Royse City ISD or the parent;
      • postsecondary employment options;
      • functional vocational evaluation;
      • employment goals;
      • independent living goals;
      • postsecondary education options;
      • facilitating a referral to a governmental agency for services or public benefits (e.g., Texas Workforce Commission, LifePath Systems Collin County, Hunt County, and Rockwall MHMR); supplementary aids, services, curricula, and other opportunities to assist the student in developing decision-making skills; and supports and services to foster the student’s independence and self-determination. The ARD committee will review and update this portion of the IEP annually, as needed.
    • By age 16 and updated annually thereafter, the IEP must include appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and independent living skills (when appropriate) and transition services, including the course of study needed to assist the student in reaching those goals.
    • By age 17, the student’s IEP must include a statement that Royse City ISD provided written notice regarding the transfer of rights of the student and information and resources regarding guardianship, alternatives to guardianship including a supported decision-making agreement, and other supports and services that may enable the adult student to live independently.
    • By age 18, the ARD committee must consider/address the appropriate involvement of the adult student’s parents and other persons if they are invited by the adult student or Royse City ISD or they have the adult student’s consent to participate.
    • When the student reaches age 18, all rights under IDEA and FERPA are transferred from the parent to the adult student unless the student has been determined to be incompetent under state law; however, Royse City ISD must continue to provide any notice required under IDEA to both the student and the parent and consent is not required to disclose information to the parent if the adult student is a dependent. In addition, Royse City ISD provides written notice regarding the transfer of rights of the student under IDEA, information and resources regarding guardianship, alternatives to guardianship including a supported decision-making agreement, and other supports and services that may enable the adult student to live independently, and contact information should the parties need to obtain additional information.
      • Information and resources on supported decision-making agreements will be provided by Royse City ISD upon student or parent request.
      • Provision to the parent of a notice of ARD committee meeting is not an invitation and does not give the parent the right to attend the meeting; prior written notice provided to the adult student and parent does not give the parent the right to consent or participate in the proposal or refusal notice.
      • The adult student or Royse City ISD can invite individuals who have knowledge or expertise regarding the adult student, including the parent, to be an ARD committee member.
    • If a participating agency, other than Royse City ISD, fails to provide the transition services described in the IEP: Royse City ISD must comply with the ARD committee guidelines and the ARD committee must identify alternative strategies to meet the transition objectives set out in the IEP.
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