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The special education department is dedicated to providing the highest quality education and services

to students with disabilities and their families.


About Special Education


Special education ensures that the unique needs of students with disabilities are met through additional services, supports, programs, specialized placements, or environments. The core purpose of special education is to provide specially designed instruction and intervention, as well as to give students with disabilities access to the same educational programs and/or activities that are available to their non-disabled peers. 


Special Education Process


There are five steps in the special education process: (1) Referral for Assessment; (2) Assessment;

(3) The Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting; (4) Determination; and (5) IEP Review.


Supports and Services


The division of special education provides a range of program and related services to students found

eligible for special education. Special education services are provided to eligible students at no cost to families.


















Contact Us











          Janice Lau, Director










Sylvia Hernandez,Secretary

    (760) 352-5712 ext. 8533 






Records Requests

Requests for Student Records must be made in writing and faxed directly to the special education office at (760) 370-3221 or emailed to shernandez@ecesd.org