BOARD & DISTRICT
Preschool Ages 3-5
Special Education Office
(760) 337-6530 ext. 2608
The Special Education department strives to ensure that all students with exceptional needs are provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). When a student's needs cannot be adequately met through modifications of the regular school program, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for eligible students by the district IEP team, which includes parents/guardians, educators, and qualified service providers.
Child Find also requires school districts to identify and evaluate children who may need services. When determining eligibility, the district evaluates whether a child's condition negatively affects their educational performance. Students are assessed in all areas related to suspected disabilities, including social and emotional status.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Children who qualify under one or more disability categories and need specialized educational services have the right to receive special education and related services:
hearing impairments (including deafness)
speech or language impairments
visual impairments (including blindness)
traumatic brain injury
other health impairments
specific learning disabilities
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) evaluation can be requested in writing by a parent/ legal guardian, teacher, or other district service provider. The District has 15 days to respond to assessment requests and offer an Assessment Plan. Once consent is received from the parent/legal guardian, the District has 60 days to complete the proposed assessment.
Referral for special education evaluation.
Evaluating child's eligibility for special education services.
Scheduling the IEP Meeting.
Determination of eligibility.
Monitoring the child's progress.
Reviewing the child's IEP and performing reevaluation as needed.
Students who are found eligible will have an Annual IEP meeting. The purpose of the Annual IEP meeting is to develop, review and/or revise a student's IEP.
Every three years students who receive Special Education services must be re-evaluated to determine their continued need for Special Education services. After the student is re-evaluated a Triennial IEP meeting is held by the IEP team to review assessments/evaluation results and determine the continued eligibility for Special Education services.
Special Education Director
Special Education Clerk
(760) 337-6530 ext. 2608