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Special Education Eligibility

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Oak Grove School District provides support to all students with disabilities. We partner with other local school districts as well as the Santa Clara County Office of Education (COE) to insure that programs are located within our Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA).  Oak Grove staff are committed to providing students with the least restrictive learning environment.

Eligibility for Services

Students become eligible for special education services through a formalized process of evaluation. Anyone who suspects that a student is disabled may request an evaluation in writing. Requests will receive a response from the school site within 15 days. Usually a Student Study Team is asked to determine whether an assessment is necessary. If recommended, assessments will take place within 60 days of the initial request. If an assessment is not recommended, the Study Team will explain their reasoning in writing.

Once a student has been assessed, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is held to determine a student’s eligibility for services. Students may be found eligible in one of 13 categories:

  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech and language impairment
  • Deaf/blind
  • Visual impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hearing impairment
  • Deafness
  • Other health impairment
  • Autism
  • Multiple handicaps
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability

Offered Services

Students may receive any combination of services, based on their IEP, including:

  • Speech and Language – offered at all schools.  Speech and language specialists provide support for articulation, voice, fluency, and language disorders.
  • Resource Specialists – offered at all schools.  Resource Specialists provide educational planning and specialized instruction to exceptional individuals in special programs or within regular classrooms.
  • Special Day Classes – offered at selected elementary schools and all secondary schools, not all grade levels are available at all sites.  Students are grouped with others who share similar instructional needs for 50% of the day. Each class has a credentialed special education teacher and Paraprofessional.

Adaptive physical education, behavior support, occupational therapy, and other services are available when a student’s IEP determines this need.