Referrals for Special Education Services
Who can refer?
Referrals can be made by teachers, parents, and appropriate professional persons, and from other members of the public.
When do you refer?
A pupil shall be referred for special education instruction and services only after the resources of the regular education program have been considered and, where appropriately utilized.
How do you refer?
All referrals must be made in writing. It is expected that the vast majority of referrals will originate at the site level as a result of the Student Assistance Process which ensures that the resources of the regular education program have been considered. Information regarding Child Find Referrals such as those from outside agencies or from parents of children not yet enrolled is available at (760) 753-6491.
What is the purpose of a special education assessment?
The purpose of a special education assessment is to determine whether or not a child is eligible for special education services under state and federal laws.
Who participates in the assessment process?
What is the timeline?
A proposed assessment plan is developed and given to parents within 15 calendar days of the referral. Parents have at least 15 calendar days from the receipt of the proposed plan to arrive at a decision. The team completes the assessment and has the IEP meeting within 60 calendar days from receipt of signed consent form.