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.
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 child, the IEP Team shall consider appropriate services and placement.
Arrangements will be made to have a child's strengths and possible needs evaluated. This will be done through testing and conferences held among those who have worked with the child: 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.
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.
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).
Parents are notified of all of their rights annually and at various stages within the special education process. Staffs from the District, County Office of Education or SELPA are available to answer questions and provide assistance.
To view the Special Education Rights of Parents and Children document in your language, click a link below:
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTStitle
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
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