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Centinela Valley Union High School District (CVUHSD) is committed to serve all our students with special needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) based on their unique needs. Our mission is to ensure that every child, every day, receives a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that will prepare them for college, career and life.

CVUHSD is committed to identify and evaluate any child, of high school age, who is not showing adequate progress within the learning environment. Our schools have implemented multiple tiers of interventions to assist our children in our schools. Among other supports, we have in place the Student Success Teams (SST) at each school site, which work in collaboration with parents, to address academic and social/emotional needs that may be affecting their child’s school progress. 

If the child does not respond positively to the accommodations and/or interventions implemented through the SST process, over certain period of time, he/she might be referred to be evaluated to determine whether he/she qualifies to receive special education services. 

Once a referral is made and deemed appropriate, the parents need to sign an Assessment Plan, giving their authorization to conduct an educational evaluation. Depending on a child’s educational needs, the evaluation team may include a school psychologist, school nurse, speech pathologist, audiologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist or special education teacher. A determination whether a child is eligible for services is made following his or her evaluation in accordance with eligibility requirements established by the federal law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and state procedural mandates and guidelines. The evaluation also assists in determining a child’s program, placement and services.