SSES Resources for Districts

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Resources for Families

LEA Requirements under SB 1716

Important items to share with families under SB 1716

Resources for districts and charters to share with families:

Links for families:

SSES Technical Assistance:

One-Page resources for families:

Customizable documents for families:

  • SSES Program: Customizable letter or email (PDF):
  • SSES+ Medically Fragile Program: Customizable letter or email (PDF):

Videos for families:

SSES+ Medically Fragile Resources:

  • One-Pager: What is the difference in the original SSES program and the SSES+ Medically Fragile program?
  • One-Pager: SSES+ Medically Fragile Overview:
  • SSES+ Medically Fragile Program: Customizable letter or email (PDF):

Additional Resources:

LEA requirements under SB 1716 rule:

Under SB 1716, district and charter schools have new requirements for the SSES program.

Link to full ruletext

19 TAC §102.1601.Supplemental Special Education Services and Instructional Materials Program for Certain Public School Students Receiving Special Education Services.

(i) Requirements to provide information.

(1) School districts and open-enrollment charter schools shall notify parents and guardians of students served by special education of the SSES program and how to apply.

NOTE: ARD committees are only required to provide this notification one time to individual families. 


(2) At the student's next admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee meeting, the ARD committee shall determine if a student has been awarded an SSES account. At this meeting, upon learning that a student has been awarded an account, the ARD committee shall provide:

NOTE: This is not intended to be a separately scheduled ARD meeting but rather this determination should occur at the next scheduled ARD meeting. Additionally, ARD committees are only required to make this determination one time for individual students. 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE: TEA has provided a flowchart to guide ARD committees – LINK TO ARD FLOWCHART.

  1. information about types of goods and services that are available to the eligible student; and

OPTIONAL RESOURCE: One-page overview of the SSES program (this is available in multiple languages) –

  1. instructions and resources on accessing the online accounts.

NOTE: This is only required for families with SSES accounts.

OPTIONAL RESOURCE: One-Page on how to use their ClassWallet account –

Important items to share with families under SB 1716 rule:

The following pieces of rule may be helpful for the LEA to understand to assist families.

19 TAC §102.1601.

(e)Application process for grant on behalf of a student.

(2) Parents and guardians who would like to apply on behalf of their eligible students must complete the online application.

NOTE: Families must apply online, there are no paper versions of the application. Families should also use an email they regularly check, as this will the email in which they will receive communication, and if eligible, will get an account.

(5) If necessary, eligible students will be placed on a waitlist and parents and guardians will be notified. Should additional funds become available, priority will be given in the order established by the waitlist and in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

NOTE: It is possible that an eligible family apply but still not receive an account.

(f) Approval of application; assignment of account.

(4)Within 30 calendar days from receiving an award notification email, parents and guardians must:

(A)access or log in to their account or the account may be subject to reclamation; and

(B)agree to and sign the SSES parental acknowledgement affidavit.

NOTE: Families MUST complete these two things within the first 30-days. ClassWallet will send out several reminders, but this is something that we recommend LEAs informing the parents of.

(g) Use of funds. Use of SSES program funds provided to parents and guardians are limited as follows.

(1) Only supplemental special education instructional materials and supplemental special education services available through the marketplace of approved providers and vendors may be purchased with SSES program funds.

NOTE: Families may only purchase items that are educational. There is a team of people that approve or deny every order that is purchased. It is recommended that families provide justification on orders. 

(6) Parents may not use SSES program funds for reimbursement of goods or services obtained outside of the marketplace. SSES program funds shall not be paid directly to parents or guardians of eligible students.

NOTE: Families cannot be reimbursed for goods or services. Families may only purchase goods and submit invoices for services received online through the ClassWallet marketplace.