Special Education Services

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines special education as: "Specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability."

What is Special Education?

Special education ensures that the unique needs of students with disabilities are met through additional services, supports, programs, specialized placements, or environments. Special education services are provided to eligible students at no cost to families. 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 nondisabled peers.  The Los Banos Unified School District provides a wide range of services and programs  to meet the needs of differently-abled students eligible for Special Education services.  Most of these services can be provided for qualified students at local schools in collaboration with general education programs.  However, some services and programs are only available at specified schools throughout the District and may require enrollment at a designated site. 

Parents who suspect that their child may be differently-abled or in need of additional services should confer with their child's teacher regarding their concerns and request a referral to the Student Study Team.  If the child continues to exhibit difficulties after exhausting services and modification in the regular education program, parents may request an assessment to determine eligibility for special education services.  Qualified staff will conduct an assessment.  An Individualized Educational Planning team - including the parents- will meet to review the assessment information, determine eligibility, the services that are needed, and develop appropriate educational goals and objectives.  The Individualized Educational Pan is reviewed at least annually.

if you have any questions regarding the special education referral process and/or services, please contact the Special Services Office at 209-827-0120.

Yolanda Cork-Anthony
Director- Special Education/Special Services

Diana Crofts 
Special Education/ Special Services