About Special Education
DNUSD is committed to serving the special education needs of the students of Del Norte County. Every child is important, and we strive to provide exceptional services that will meet the individual needs of our students. Our dedicated staff provides services for students with disabilities ranging from mild learning disorders to severe physical and intellectual disabilities. It is our goal to provide the best educational options for each student in the most supportive environment possible.
What is Special Education?
Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to 22 years who qualify according to the laws and regulations designated by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These are: Autism, Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Emotionally, Disturbed, Hard of Hearing, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Handicapped, Orthopedically Impaired, Other, Health Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Speech-Language Impaired, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired.
The District wants to locate, identify and assess all children with disabilities whether homeless, wards of the state, and enrolled in public or private schools. The District has policies guiding procedures for identification and referral. Students identified with special needs will receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment. EC48853, 56020, 56301; 5 CCR 4622; 20 USC 1412, (10) (A) (ii), 1412(a) (6) (A); 34CFR 300.121.