Sunday, September 11, 2011

Special Education Verification Review Invitation (Sept 22 Meeting)

(From SFUSD Website)

EVENT: The San Francisco Unified School District invites you to a meeting for parents and guardians of special education students. This will be a chance for you to tell us about the special education services your child has had. We are also interested in learning about your child’s experiences in the programs the school district provides for infants, toddlers, children, and youth. We would like to hear about what you think works and what areas could be made better.

The parent or guardian meeting is an important part of the California Department of Education’s Special Education Verification Review process for school districts. It is one way that school districts can examine their compliance with the law as stated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This meeting is designed to gain as much information as possible from parents and guardians about key areas in the district’s implementation of IDEA.

WHERE: The Parent or Guardian Input Meeting will take place at Mission High School, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2011

TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Refreshments will be provided.

SPECIAL REQUESTS

The meeting site is physically accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you are in need of further accommodations in order to participate (for example: assistive listening devices, materials in an alternate format, or translation if English is not your primary language) please contact Kristen Devine at (415) 379-7677 by September 19th. We will make every attempt to provide accommodations, but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. Childcare will be provided. To secure your child’s care, please call Kristen Devine at the number above.

CONFIRMATION

Please confirm your interest in coming by calling: (415) 379-7677 or email: devinek@sfusd.edu by September 19, 2011

PARENT SURVEY/WRITTEN COMMENTS

If you are unable to attend, we would like to have you fill out a survey within the next two weeks.

Contact Donna DeMartini, Education Programs Consultant

Special Education Division, California Department of Education

1430 N Street, Suite #2401

Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Phone Number: 916-319-0298

e-mail ddemartini@cde.ca.gov.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions please contact Donna DeMartini

We genuinely look forward to meeting with you and listening to your comments about the special education programs and services provided by your school district.

1 comment:

  1. Please come to this very important meeting, the CDE needs to hear from parents about SFUSD's systemic noncompliance with state and federal laws. The CDE needs to hear about SFUSD's failure to adhere to terms in our children's IEPs, SFUSD's failure to provide the services outlined in our children's IEPs and failure to provide adequate training to paraprofessional aides. The survey the CDE hands out is designed to only be able to answer positively; so please take time to write out comments. For instance -- we can answer "yes" we participated in our children's IEPS, but the CDE needs to know when they did not include our input in the IEP's continuing notes, when they did not use any of our suggestions for goals, etc.
    I've been told that no SFUSD staff will be at the meeting, only California Department of Education staff, so parents may feel at ease to discuss their problems with the district without fear of retaliation.

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