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Special Services

Unique NeedsTop of Page

State and Federal Law ensures that "all individuals with exceptional needs have available to them a free, appropriate public education and related services to meet their unique needs."

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The South East Consortium for Special Education (SECSE) Administrative Unit offices coordinate with school districts and the County Office of Education to provide a continuum of programs and services for disabled individuals from birth through 22 years of age. The South East Consortium for Special Education Administrative Unit is also available as a resource to the community on issues related to special education.

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Referrals for identification of a student with possible special needs may come from:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Doctors
  • Community agency personnel
  • School-based Student Study or Child Study Team
  • Any concerned individual
  • The student

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Assessment will be done only with parent permission, at which time parents will also receive a copy of their rights. Upon identification of a special need for a student, the IEP Team shall consider appropriate services and placement.

Arrangements will be made to have a student's strengths and possible needs evaluated. This will be done through testing and conferences held among those who have worked with the student: teachers, nurses, counselors, therapists, psychologists and others. The assessment must be completed and an IEP meeting held within 60 days after receipt of a signed assessment plan.

Special Education Records
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Special Education records are only available through the Special Services Department. Special Education files will be destroyed three years after the student leaves the district or three years after "usefulness ceases."

What is the South East Consortium Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)?
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ESUHSD is one of ten Districts in South East Santa Clara County that makes up the South East SELPA. The SELPA's purpose is to ensure quality special education and related services are available throughout the Valley. This consortium of school districts plans and provides regionalized services for students eligible for special education. The SE SELPA also provides trainings for parents and staff. 
SE SELPA maintains a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) parent group that provides support, information, workshops, and valuable links for parents. For more information about the SELPA and the CAC please contact:
Shelly Ota: Director, South East Consortium
Michele Villarreal: Program Administrator, South East Consortium