Parent Student Handbook

Parents and Students:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Education is a team effort, and we know that when students, parents, teachers, and other staff members work together, we can make this a wonderfully successful year for our students.

The Texas School for the Deaf Student Handbook is designed to provide basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. The handbook is divided into three sections:

  • Section I- PARENTAL RIGHTS- with information to assist you in responding to school-related issues. We encourage you to take some time to closely review this section of the handbook.
  • Section II- INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS- organized alphabetically by topic, and, where possible, further divided by applicability to ages and/or grade levels, for quick access when searching for information on a specific issue.
  • Section III- RESIDENTIAL SERVICES- describing residential operations.


At TSD, we have several instructional departments: Special Needs, Early Childhood Education (ECE), Elementary, Middle School, High School, Career & Technical Education (CTE), the Adult Curriculum for Community Living, Employment and Social Skills (ACCESS) Program and Physical Education/Aquatics. In this handbook, references to High School include Career & Technical Education.

Please be aware that the term “the student’s parent” is used to refer to the parent, legal guardian, any person granted some other type of lawful control of the student, or any other person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student.