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! 


    Extended School Year (ESY) Dates  Año escolar extendido (ESY):

    Extended School Year begins on June 18, 2020 and runs through July 15, 2020 and will be delivered on-line only. You should have received your child's individual schedule with your instructor's name. Some services may need to be added during the first week of instruction.  Please let us know any concerns that you may have regarding your child's schedule. Looking forward to a wonderful summer with you.

    El año escolar extendido comienza el 18 de junio de 2020 y acaba el 15 de julio de 2020 y tendrá lugar solo en línea. Ustedes deberán haber recibido el horario individual de su hijo con el nombre de su instructor. Es posible que sea necesario agregar algunos servicios durante la primera semana de instrucción. Háganos saber de cualquier inquietud que puedan tener con respecto al horario de su hijo. Esperemos que sea un maravilloso verano.

    Special Education Resources               Specialized Academic Instruction

    Parent Information                                                           > Arranged by class

     Presentation from June 8, 2020 Parent Meeting

    Parent Meeting

    Letters from Director Deanna Sinfield

    Parent Letter, March 25, 2020

    Parent Letter, March 16, 2020

    > Parent Letter, April 20, 2020

    > Parent Letter, April 20, 2020 Spanish

    Video of May 5, 2020 Parent Meeting:

    Parent Meeting 5/8/2020

    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 fcostanzo@smmusd.org.  If you have signed up for ESY but no longer wish to attend, please email Francis Costanzo at fcostanzo@smmusd.org.

    Board presentation from 3/5/2020:

    Board Meeting 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.

    PRN Letter


    Child Find:

    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

    Core Values:

    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

    Private School FAQ Brochure
    Read the brochure

    Transition Information
    Transition Handbook English
    Transition Handbook Spanish
    Transitions Tip Sheet
    Transitions Presentation Flow Map