Elementary school students with disabilities will be able to swing into a new school year next fall as Clear Creek ISD plans to install new adaptive playground equipment this summer, according to a release from the school district.

CCISD plans to install 13 swing sets at elementary schools using 2017 bond funding, according to the release.

“I received a bunch of touching letters from the fifth graders last semester,” Director of Facility Services Alex Aragon said in the release. “The students voiced their desire to have a space for all students on the playground and drew me pictures.”

The CCISD Special Services department initially considered adding an adaptive swing to the current playground sets but encountered difficulty, according to the release.

“The playground company would not certify the current swing sets if we were to add on an adaptive swing,” Aragon said. “The wood mulch underneath is also hard for teachers to get wheelchairs through.”

Ultimately, the department decided to add a separate adaptive swing set system at existing playgrounds with accessible wheelchair ramps and rubber material underneath the sets, according to the release.

Sets will be installed at Armand Bayou, Bauerschlag, Bay, Campbell, Ferguson, Greene, McWhirter, Mossman, Parr, Stewart and Wedgewood elementary schools. Furthermore, Ross and Whitcomb elementary schools will also receive the new swings as part of the undergoing major renovations from the bond program, according to the release.

CCISD is open to installing more adaptive playground equipment at other elementary schools, according to the release.

For more information on the 2017 bond, read Community Impact's previous coverage.