The Santa Paula Union High School District believes that all students are to be afforded equal opportunity to participate in academic and non-academic classes and extra-curricular activities, regardless of whether or not they are disabled or have special needs. The Santa Paula Union High School District has a strong commitment to educate students with special needs in the least restrictive setting as possible. The District recognizes the social and academic benefits to being integrated with peers. The Santa Paula Union High School District provides a continuum of placement and service options to address students' individual needs.
Decisions regarding appropriate placement and services are made by each identified special education student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team and the parent(s), and according to the unique needs of each student. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams weigh the social advantages of inclusion with the student's possible need for individualized remedial instruction, which may better help them progress towards their goals and objectives. A high level of coordination between the special education and the general education staff is necessary to make this successful. Special education staff may work with students in the general education classroom, may collaborate with general education teachers, and may team-teach.
Special education programs and related services are available for students identified as handicapped from birth through age twenty-one. These program and services are provided primarily through three major systems.
- Designated Instructional Services
- Resource Specialist Programs
- Special Day Classes
These three service delivery systems enable us to serve students with the following handicapped conditions:
- Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
- Orthopedically Impaired (OI)
- Speech/Langauge Impaired (SLI)
- Other Health Impaired (OHI)
- Mentally Retarted (MR)
- Emotionally Disturbed (ED)
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH)
- Visually Impaired (VI)
- Deaf-blind (DB)
- Multi-handicapped (MH)
- Taumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
On occasion it may be necessary to place a student in one of the programs operated by the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, a state school, or a non-public school in order to receive appropriate services. All determinations of eligibility, placement and services are an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team decision based upon the results of a multi-disciplinary team evaluation.
Please call the Special Education Department at (805) 525-4406 Ext. 215 for further information.