Chico Unified School District is dedicated to identifying, locating and assessing all students from infancy through age 21 who may have disabilities. We work in partnership with the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) to provide appropriate support and related services to those students.
 
 
Chico Unified is committed to providing eligible students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws.
 
 
Individualized Education Program

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Services are provided on the based on the individual student's needs. A team comprised educational professionals and the parent(s) will determine a student's unique needs and consider a variety of factors. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed during the planning meeting. An IEP is a legal document that describes how the Chico Unified School District provides services to a student with exceptional needs. Special Education and services are provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
 
 
LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT (LRE)

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The District recognizes the importance of the least restrictive philosophy as set forth in state and federal legislation. It is our intent to implement the requirements to the maximum extent, and to ensure its application in all placement considerations. The intent clearly is to have the special student as much a part of a regular school program as possible while giving considerations to the needs of both exceptional and regular pupils.
 
 
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

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  • Designated Instruction and Service- Such instruction and services will be provided by the regular class teacher, the special education teacher or specialists competent to provide such instruction and services. If not, the appropriately credentialed Designated Instruction and Service (DIS) specialist will provide such instruction and service. Some examples are: A-PE and S/L services. If your child needs a specialized service, which relates to his/her educational progress, it may be provided by the local school, County Office of Education or an outside agency.
  • Resource Specialist Program- The Resource Specialist provides instructional services to students in order to implement the IEP. He/She also provides consultation to parents and regular staff members in areas such as assessment, curriculum and classroom management as well as monitoring pupil services with regular school programs. The majority of the student's day is spent in the regular program.
  • Special Day Classes- Students with more intensive educational needs may require Special Day Classes. Placement in Special Day Classes shall occur only when the nature of the handicap is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aides and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Typically 50% or more of the student's day is spent in Special Day Classes.
  • State Special Schools - The state provides residential schools and assessment for handicapped pupils as appropriate.
  • Non-Public, Non-Sectarian Schools and Services- All appropriate public school programs in the SELPA or nearby SELPAs shall be explored prior to considering the non-public school program alternatives.