The Franklin-McKinley School District is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of all eligible students with disabilities who reside within the District.
The following information will provide students, parents, and other members of the community with a brief overview of the Special Education services offered in the Franklin-McKinley School District. If you have specific questions, please contact the Special Education Department directly at (408) 283-6052.
What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
IDEA is a federal law requiring school districts to provide a “free appropriate public education” (in English, referred to as FAPE) to eligible children with disabilities. A free appropriate public education means that special education and related services are to be provided as described in an individualized education program (in English, known as IEP) and under public supervision to your child at no cost to you.
How is my child referred to Special Education?
When you have a concern about your child’s education, it is important that you contact your child’s teacher or administrator to talk about your child and any problems you see. Staff in your school district may answer questions about your child’s education, your rights, and procedural safeguards. Also, when you have a concern, this informal conversation often solves the problem and helps to maintain open communication.
South East Consortium
The South East Consortium Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is composed of 11 school districts in the County and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The overall purpose of the SELPA is to ensure that quality special education programs and services are available to meet the individual needs of special education students.
After obtaining a written request from a parent or guardian, the Special Education Department will determine if an assessment is necessary. Upon receiving the written notice, the Special Education Department will respond within 15 days and include the Notice of Procedural Safeguards (English, Spanish, Vietnamese), should the parent need more information.
|SPECIAL EDUCATION OFFICE|
|Contact Person||Title||Phone Number|
|Catherine Lipscomb||Administrative Assistant||(408) 283-6052|
|Mariam Galvarin||Director of Special Education Services||(408) 283-6085|