By: Meghan Bouboulinis
The COVID-19 pandemic affected almost every student and family across the country; in response to this, the State of Texas has initiated the Supplemental Special Education Services, which is a one-time on-line grant of $1,500 provided to parents/caregivers of eligible students served by special education that have been specifically impacted by COVID-19 school closures.
The Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) can be used for special educational resources, supplies, and additional therapies (including speech therapy). SSES applications must be submitted by a parent/caregiver and to be eligible, the student must currently be:
- Enrolled in a Texas public school
- Enrolled in PreK-12 grade
- A student with a disability served through Special Education
SSES is only available to students who are currently enrolled in a Texas public school and while this doesn’t necessarily cover a family looking to strictly homeschool, it does cover educational goods and services that benefit the student – such as Dailies small group pods, 1-on-1 tutoring, or even our enrichment program camps.
The program provides a one-time grant of $1,500 to each eligible student and families with more than one eligible student are encouraged to apply for each child. The application process allows for families to apply with multiple children, but the accounts and grants cannot be combined, meaning that the funds must still be used to benefit each individual child.
Students who are new to Texas public schools are still eligible for SSES, but it also might take longer to process the grant. Some examples of applications that might take longer include:
- PreK Students
- Students who recently moved to Texas
- Students who were previously homeschooled or previously attended a private school
More information about SSES can be found at sses.tea.texas.gov.
At Dailies, we want every family to feel welcomed, to feel supported, and to feel like they are getting the best education possible, no matter where they live. Please reach out to us with any questions about financial aid opportunities or scholarship information.
We know that not all of our Dailies students live in Texas, so be sure to check out our other blog posts that talk more about financial aid programs in other states!
By: Meghan Bouboulinis