Special Education Overview

State and federal law require that a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment be offered to qualified pupils with disabilities, ages 3 through 21 years. In the event that appropriate placement or services cannot be provided to an individual with exceptional needs, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team may consider services in a non-public, non-sectarian school. (Education Code Section 56040 et seq.) Services also are available for students who have a handicapping condition that interferes with their equal access to educational opportunities. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

Please contact special Services department for specific information or for requests for special education services under IDEA or Section 504 at: 510-471-1100 x 60425, 34200 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, Ca 94587

Any special education student who meets all graduation requirements except for passage of the California High School Exit Examination earns a diploma and may participate in graduation ceremonies. If a special education student is on a non-diploma track, the student may attend school until age 22 and will earn a Certificate of Completion. The student may participate in graduation events by arrangement with the school site.

For students who are 18-22 and on a Certificate of Completion track, the district operates a Community Based Instruction program, Adult Transition and Education Program (ATEP). This program is a blend of individual IEP goals, community outings and instruction, and job placement and coaching.

A special education student may be entitled to transportation when transportation is a related service required for that student to benefit from the educational program. Those students most likely to be eligible are students with visual impairment, orthopedic impairment, or severe handicapping conditions, or if the IEP team places the student at a school other than the home school. Merely being in special education or not at the home school does not entitle students to transportation.

When a student is entitled to transportation and the parent provides transport, the District reimburses at a rate of $6 per day, confirmed by school attendance. For more information, call Special Services (471-1100, ext. 60432). Mileage forms can be found online here.

Mileage reimbursement form calculated per mile

Mileage reimbursement form $6 per day

Special Education Complaints
Procedural Safeguards - this provides you information about your specific parent rights and due process.
Multiple Languages

Parents may file a complaint concerning perceived violations of federal or state law or regulations governing special education and related services. Information for the Office of Administrative Hearings where a complaint can be filed is in the Procedural Safeguards and will be provided upon request. Copies in multiple languages are online and also are available from the Department of Special Services.

When filing a complaint, include child’s name, contact information, school attending and a written description of the problem, related facts and proposed resolution and provide a copy of the filing to the Director of Special Services. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, Section 4630)

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