Special Education Annoucements
“Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy.”
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004
The mission of the Special Education Department will be redefined during the strategic planning process led by the Special Education Taskforce. It is anticipated that this mission statement will be completed by January 2015.
The San Leandro Special Education Department is committed to providing high quality educational experiences for all students with special needs in a personalized, flexible learning environment. Additionally, the department is committed to working in partnership with parents, teachers and staff to provided a continuum of specialized services tailored to meet the unique, individualized needs of each student academically and/or behaviorally. Specially designed instruction and related services are identified for each student based on the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Click HERE to read more detailed information about specially designed instruction and the IEP development process.
The San Leandro Unified School District provides a rich array of services and supports to students with special needs from ages three to twenty two. These services and supports are implemented across a continuum starting with full integration in the general education classrooms (with accommodations for identified needs) and expanding to separate educational programs designed to address more significant needs in a small group or individualized setting. It is important to note, however, that special education is a service not a location or specific classroom. All services provided in San Leandro Unified must ensure that students are educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Consider the U.S. Dept. Education, 2005a regulations implementing IDEA:
"...to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities including children in public or private institutions or care facilities, are educated with children who are nondisabled; and special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from regular educational environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily."
The LRE provides the greatest access to learning environments similar to those attended by general education students. The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) provides further clarification about LRE. This code requires that students with disabilities are educated with students who are not disabled to the maximum extent possible. Please refer to 34 C.F.R. Section 300.114 to 300.117 for additional information about LRE. For more information about programs for students with special needs refer to the left margin of this webpage.