SDMS FYI December 2020


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Digital Signatures are Required

Per Special Education, digital signatures are required for all staff. Staff will need to log into EdPlan/EasyIEP using their EAD username and password to enter their initials. For step by step directions, select the link below. Guide includes directions for special education and general education teachers.
ARD/IEP Digital Signatures Guide

Guide includes directions for staff with access to EasyIEP and general education teachers.

Important Message!

Select Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters when completing ARDs in December and January.

**The Fall 2020 Semester doesn’t end until 01/29/2021.**

It is always best practice to select three semesters when holding an Annual ARD; the current semester and two additional semesters.


View enhancements added to EasyIEP and FIE Writer this month. Select the link below.

Highlighted enhancements in the document were added this month (December)

Instructional Codes for Students in Residential Facilities & Therapeutic Foster Group Homes

4.7.19 Code 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, or 89 - Residential Care and Treatment Facility (Not School District Resident)

This instructional setting code is used for a student who is provided special education and related services, who has a disability and resides in a care and treatment facility, and whose parents do not reside within the boundaries of the school district providing educational services to the student. A residential care and treatment facility includes a licensed or verified foster group home but does not include a licensed or verified foster family home.

For this code to be used for a student, the services must be provided on a local district campus. If the instruction is provided at the facility rather than on a school district campus, the instructional setting code used should be hospital class (code 02).141 For additional guidance, see 4.7.6 Applicable Federal

Questions Contact:

Yolanda Lilly- Johnson


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Customer Support

The SDMS support website has dozens of helpful documents and videos that support EasyIEP functionality. Contact the SDMS help desk via email or call 972-794-3550.

Support Hub Customer Service Surveys

At SDMS, we are always seeking new ways to improve customer service. And the best way to do that is to ask the experts—our customers. Support Hub customer surveys come directly to your email once a Support Hub ticket is closed. The survey is short and only takes a minute.

Online Professional Development by SDMS

Click Here to access EasyIEP course titles and descriptions.

Click Here to register for courses in Cornerstone.

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Specialized Data Management Support

Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building

9400 North Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75231

Help Desk 7:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday | 972.794.3550 | SDMS Website | ServiceNow