Special Education Services
Dear SMMUSD Families,
Thank you for visiting the special education website. We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. Over the past few months, we have entered into Distance Learning and are using technology to help us serve your children. You should have received a letter indicating how your child will be served until the end of the school year. We are using a combination of virtual face-to-face interactions along with asynchronous lessons and paper-pencil tasks. We are working with families in order to find the platform that works best for your individual child. On this website, you find resources and ideas to assist you during this time. We thank you for working as our partners!
Special Education Resources Specialized Academic Instruction
Letters from Director Deanna Sinfield
Video of May 5, 2020 Parent Meeting:
Extended School Year Plan (ESY):
Extended School Year (ESY) will take place via Distance Learning this summer. The start date is June 18,2020 and it runs through through July 15, 2020. There is no school on July 3,2020 as it is a holiday.Students will receive an individualized weekly schedule with a combination of whole class sessions, individual or small group (no more than 3 students) sessions, individual or small group sessions for services (if it is in your child's IEP), and independent work (either paper and pencil tasks, on-line program tasks, or other work as assigned). If you need to send in your paperwork because your IEP recommended ESY, please email it to Francis Costanzo at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have signed up for ESY but no longer wish to attend, please email Francis Costanzo at email@example.com.
Board presentation from 3/5/2020:
Parent Resource Network:
Would you like to sign up as a member of our Parent Resource Network (PRN), please complete the form below.
Child find activities are the responsibility of each district and occur prior to a referral for special education services. These activities are designed to locate individuals, birth through 21 years of age, including children not enrolled in public school programs as well as children who are homeless or wards of the state and reside in the district and may be eligible for and in need of special education and/or related services. Child find activities also foster awareness and understanding on the part of educators, parents and other community members of the referral procedures for special education, the eligibility criteria, and the continuum of special education programs and services available. Child find activities inform educators, community agencies, and parents/guardians of their right to refer their child for a special education assessment to determine eligibility and the need for special education services. (E.C. § 56300 and 56301)
Read the Child Find flyer
Our values are motivated by our beliefs in each individual with a disability.
The range of human diversity is embraced and the rights of all equity and access are guaranteed. Individuals will be educated in general education or natural environment to the maximum extent possible. Each individual will have options and be prepared to make choices.
- All students unique instructional needs will be accurately identified.
- All students will be served or taught by fully qualified personnel.
- All students with disabilities will be successfully integrated with non-disabled peers throughout their educational experience.
- All students with disabilities will meet high standards for academic and non-academic skills.
- All students with disabilities will successfully participate in preparation for the workplace and independent living.
Special Education Coordinators
If you have questions that your school site cannot answer, you may schedule an appointment to meet/speak with the appropriate Special Education Coordinator:
- Lincoln Pathway - Francis Costanzo, 310-450-8338 x70378
- Malibu Pathway and Pre-Schools - Kris Vegas, 310-450-8338 x70225
- JAMS Pathway - Victoria Hurst, 310-450-8338 x70295
- Santa Monica HS, Olympic and Off-Campus Learning Center - Jim Watwood, 310-450-8338 x70227
Resources for Parents
Click the links below to access these useful guides created for parents of special education students.
December 2019 l Español
October 2019 l Español
Parent Guidelines for Help - Who You Gonna Call?
Help, Assistance, and Answers - English
Help, Assistance, and Answers - Spanish
Parent Resource Network Brochure
Click here to read the PRN Brochure
Parents’ Rights and Procedural Safeguards