Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What should I do if I suspect my child has a disability or developmental delay?
A: If you suspect your child may have a disability or is not developing appropriately for his or her age, please contact our Special Education Department at 469-302-6300 or 469-302-6304 to set up an appointment for a free screening.

Q:  What is the mascot for Lawson?
A:  We use the lighthouse symbol, as we are “Lighting the Way” for the students each and every day.  We also have an animal as a mascot, Sammy the sea lion!

Q:  Why did MISD create this early childhood school?
A:  The programs served at Lawson have been in existence for quite some time within the district, just housed at a variety of elementary campuses as space permits.  These programs moved frequently as the district grew, and the district saw the need to bring all the early learners together on one campus focused solely on early childhood education.

Q:  Can any child in McKinney attend Lawson for his/her Pre Kindergarten?
A:  Each child who attends Lawson must meet the specific requirements for the program he/she will attend.  The school office has more information about the individual programs and the requirements of each.

Q:  What are the programs at Lawson?
A:  Lawson serves its early learners through Early Head Start, Head Start (Bilingual, ESL, Monolingual), PreK (Bilingual, ESL, Monolingual), PPCD (Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities), STC PPCD (Structured Teach PPCD)PALS (Preschool Articulation and Language Services), and Community Based Preschool Program

Q:  What is Head Start/Early Head Start?
A:  Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded early intervention programs, designed primarily for families that fall within Federal income guidelines.  Head Start works with families with children age 3 and 4 and Early Head Start works with pregnant women, parents and their children ages birth to 3 years.  Both the staff and children represent a variety of cultures and backgrounds to provide high quality educational and developmental programs that prepare children to succeed in school.  Comprehensive services include: Developmentally Appropriate Educational Services, Family Involvement, Health Services, Nutrition Services, Mental Health Services, Social Services, and Services for Children with Disabilities.  Enrollment occurs on the campus year round, although space is very limited and the open enrollment is in the spring.  To register your child and be considered for eligibility in these programs, you must provide a birth certificate for the child, a Social Security Card (if available), and up-to-date vaccination record, Medicaid or insurance card (if available), proof of residency in McKinney ISD from within the previous month, and income verification.  Please see the hours for the program below. Head Start is a full day program (6 hours) and there is one teacher and one paraprofessional with a maximum class size of 20 students.  Early Head Start has a class ratio of 2 adults to 10 children and offers extended hours for parents.

Q: What is PreK?
A: Pre-K is a state funded program for children who will are four years old prior to September 1st of the upcoming school year.  Children may be non-English or limited English speaking and/or income eligible.  The children may be living in a homeless situation or have parents/guardians in the armed forces on “active duty.”  Enrollment occurs on the campus year round, although space is very limited and the open enrollment is in the spring.  To register your child and be considered for eligibility in these programs, you must provide a birth certificate for the child, a Social Security Card (if available), and up-to-date vaccination record, Medicaid or insurance card (if available), proof of residency in McKinney ISD from within the previous month, and income verification.  Please see the hours for the program below.  Pre-K is a half day program (3 hours) and there is one teacher and one paraprofessional with a maximum class size of 22 students.

Q: What is PPCD?
A: The McKinney ISD Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) serves students from 3-5 years of age who meet eligibility criteria under the Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) in one or more of the following areas:  Autism (AU), Emotionally Disturbed (ED), Learning Disability (LD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Multiple Disabilities (MD), Orthopedic Impairment (OI), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Speech Impairment (SI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Non-Categorical (Suspected disability in one of four categories…LD, AU, MR, ED).  PPCD offers a full continuum of instructional settings in which student needs are addressed by specially trained staff as determined by the ARD committee (Admission, Review and Dismissal).  Through the ARD committee, students may receive Occupational and/or Physical Therapy, Vision Services and Mobility Training, Assistive Technology, In-Home and Parent Training, Speech Therapy, and Auditory Services.  Lawson has a Preschool Evaluation Team on site to provide information on a suspected disability.  Each classroom has one special education teacher and one paraprofessional, and class sizes are small to ensure progress towards student’s Individual Education Plan.

Q: What is PALS (Preschool Articulation & Language Services)?
A: These classes are designed for children who exhibit severe phonological delays (multiple processes that need to be addressed). Phonological processing difficulties may be impacting expressive language skills, as well. Receptive language skills are intact, and these children appear to be developmentally appropriate in all other areas.

Q: What is the Preschool Language Program?
A: This class is designed for children who qualify as Speech Impaired who have receptive and/or expressive language deficits. Criteria for consideration: Although the students might have receptive language delays, they would not qualify in other areas and therefore would only have speech and language goals/objectives. The language delays are not impacting other areas of development.

Q: Do you offer Pull-out/Walk-In Speech Therapy Services?
A: Yes.This service is for children who have 1-2 phonological processes remaining, traditional articulation, moderate syntax, voice or fluency delays. Therapy is delivered in a small group setting (1-4 students). The child typically attends 1-2 times per week for 30 minutes, depending on the needs of the child.

Q: What are the hours for Lawson?
A: PALS (8:45am – 10:45am or 12:45pm – 2:45pm); PPCD (7:45am –10:45am or 11:00am – 2:00pm); STC PPCD (7:45am – 2:00pm); Pre-K (7:45am – 10:45am or 11:00am – 2:00pm); Head Start (7:45am – 2:00pm); Early Head Start (7:30am – 4:30pm)

Q:   How old are the students at Lawson?
A:  Students are preschool age, but initial entry is dependent upon the program guidelines.  Once a student reaches the appropriate kindergarten age, then he/she attends kindergarten at the home campus in MISD or in a designated program determined by the school and parent partnership.

Q: How much does it cost to send a child to Lawson?
A: Lawson students are funded by their enrollment through state and federal funding.  There is no additional cost to enroll students who qualify to our programs.

Q: Do the students have to be potty trained?
A: All students potty train in different ways and at different times in their development.  Being potty trained is not a requirement for entry to our programs, although it is beneficial to maximize learning time.  If your child is not yet potty trained, please continue to work on this in a positive and supportive way at home, and we will do the same here at school.

Q: What happens if we have bad weather and school is either cancelled or delayed?
A: In the event MISD cancels or delays the start of school for any reason, the district notifies parents through an automated phone message (so please keep your phone number updated at all times through our office).  You can also find delay information on our website at www.mckinneyisd.net or on any local television station.