EC §56301, EC §56306, EC §56329, EC §56380, EC §56506, EC §56345(a)(8),
Special Education Programs
IDEA & CAC 3125
Federal law requires that a free and appropriate education (FAPE) shall be offered in the least restrictive environment (LRE) to qualified pupils with disabilities, including those who are homeless or wards of the court, ages 3 through 21 years; and early intervention services for “at-risk infants and toddlers” under the age of 3. This right applies to students eligible for Special Education services as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Through the district’s Student Study Team process, and other procedures (implementation and monitoring of interventions), including the processing of referrals from the community, a continuous effort is made to locate and identify individuals who might qualify for special education services. The law also provides that parents may initiate a request to have their child assessed to determine eligibility for Special Education and/or related services. The request shall be in writing and may be submitted to the District’s Special Education Office, school principal or his/her designee. Further, the parent(s) 1) may expect his/her rights to be written in understandable language; 2) will be asked to give written consent before any assessments are conducted; 3) is entitled to receive a copy of the assessment results and the documentation of determination of eligibility upon request; 4) shall participate in the individualized education program (IEP) team meeting for their child and be provided with recommendations and the reasons for them; and 5) will give written consent prior to the student receiving services. The parent also has the right to electronically record the proceedings of IEP meetings and to observe the pupil in the classroom, as specified by board policy. If the pupil is identified as special needs, then a meeting will be held annually to review his/her progress. Further and more specific information about parent rights, due process, specific procedures, and the assessment plan are available under a separate document, which may be obtained from the District’s Department of Special Education.
Special Education Students Reaching Age 18
Beginning at least one year prior to a special education pupil reaching the age of 18, he/she is to be informed of their rights, which will be transferred to them upon reaching the age of 18. This information is also contained within the individualized education program (IEP).
Special Education Complaints
The parent may file a complaint with the State Department of Public Instruction if he/she feels there has been a violation of the Special Education Laws. The complaint may be filed with the Director of Special Education, Erika Johnson, who can be reached at (805) 622-6900 Ext. 158.
Child Find Systems
The district is a member of the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area which has established written policies and procedures including continuous child find systems including children with disabilities who are migrant, homeless, or wards of the state, and children with disabilities attending private schools. Policies and procedures include written notification to all parents of their rights regarding identification, referral, assessment, instructional planning, implementation, review, and procedures for initiating referral for assessment.