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Student & Personnel Services: Special Education
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that disabled students between birth and twenty-two years of age, or until high school graduation, be provided with all “educational and related services” needed to receive a free appropriate education (FAPE). Disabled students requiring specialized settings or interventions beyond the scope of services offered by district general or special education programs, or public regional agencies are referred to Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Special Education Programs. The parents, district of residence, county office, and involved agencies collaborate to develop an IDEA compliant Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP) based upon student age, levels of functioning and needs.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) Special Education Department is focused upon providing each student with highly effective individualized instruction and related support services so each student will achieve their full educational, social, emotional, and vocational potential. Continuing communication and collaboration with parents, school districts, involved agencies, and local businesses who provide student employment opportunities is essential to our programs.
SCCOE Special Education services are divided into several programs. These programs include: early child education (Early Start), developmental preschool, autism preschool (Chrysalis), students with severe challenges at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, students with significant emotional challenges at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and post secondary students at a high school campus and Cabrillo Community College.
The programs are operated in twenty individual classrooms at twelve different district school sites.
Highly trained specialists in the areas of teaching, speech/language, nursing, adapted physical education, psychology, vision, hearing, occupational therapy, orthopedics, and work experience serve students in our programs plus additional specific students in district-operated special education and general education programs.
The SCCOE Special Education Department includes the following programs:
Early Start Program
Developmental Preschool Program
Preschool Autism Program
Program for Students Challenged by Severe Handicaps:
Elementary: Three classrooms integrate basic skills, life skills, and communication for students challenged by severe handicaps (SH). All classrooms include medically fragile students and students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Find out more about the Chrysalis Center Autism Program.
Middle: Two SH classroom provides students with exposure to functional curriculum, prevocational skills, and specialized training focused upon individual student needs.
Secondary: Three SH classrooms integrate functional skills curriculum and pre-vocational and vocational skill training programs. Students in SH classrooms at all levels have opportunities for inclusion in general education classes and activities.
Program for Post Secondary Students
Program for Students Challenged by Emotional Disturbance
Designated Instructional Services (DIS):
Adaptive Physical Education Specialist
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