COVID-19 General Letter to SPED

    Dear Parent,

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lake Dallas ISD is providing distance learning opportunities beginning March 23, 2020.  Learning will take place in various ways such as traditional paper packets, individual or family activities, and digital/online platforms when possible.

    Students will not be denied distance learning opportunities due to a disability, such as students who receive special education or 504 services. These students will have the same learning opportunities as other students. Additionally, students who receive special education services will have the opportunity to advance on their Individual Education Plans (IEP) to the extent practicable, albeit in a different manner than if they were at school.

    Please know, there may be instances where it is not possible to fully implement your child's IEP or 504 plan as currently written. Soon, you will receive correspondence that indicates what the district believes can and cannot be implemented during this period of service disruption. At that time, you can indicate whether you agree or would like further discussion in a meeting.  All meetings will be held via web-based meeting applications, phone conference, etc.

    Please stay safe and healthy during this time. Additionally, please do not hesitate to contact someone from your student's special education or 504 team if you have questions.


    Mark Ruggles, Ph.D.

    Director of Special Education


    Stephanie Payne, M.A.

    District 504 Coordinator


    Welcome to the Department of Special Education Support Services at Lake Dallas Independent School District. The department serves students who meet the criteria for an educational disability condition and by reason thereof need specially designed instruction.

    Please explore the various sections of our web site to learn more about special education at Lake Dallas Independent School District. Links to the sections are on the left side of the page. Brief descriptions of the sections are below. For ease of access, various content, resources, and documents can be found in more than one section of the site.


    The landing page for the Department of Special Education Support Services at Lake Dallas Independent School District. You are currently on the Home page.


    Who we are, what we do, and how to reach us.

    Child Find

    Describes the process by which students who are in need of special education, including children with disabilities attending private schools, are identified, located, and evaluated.

    Disabilities & Services

    Lists the disability conditions defined in federal and state rules and regulations; and, lists services that eligible students might receive.

    Instructional Settings

    Descriptions of the settings in which eligible special education students receive special education services based on decisions of students' Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committees.

    Important Notices

    Important information that the district is required to disseminate or considers essential for parents to know.

    Transition Services

    The page for our Transition Specialist.


    External sources of information for a variety of child development and health topics. External sources of information for special education in Texas.

    Documents & Resources

    Important documents and resources which are required to be disseminated or considered essential for parents to have.