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Summary of Services


Franklin-McKinley School District has a commitment to providing special education services in the least restrictive environment for all special needs children. Students are placed in programs that provide maximum interaction with their non-disabled peers. FMSD has implemented an Inclusive Education program which provides a quality education for all students with mild to moderate disabilities in Resource Specialist Programs and Special Day Classes in their home schools with maximum inclusion general education classes.

Students with Severe Disabilities

The district provides a full continuum of services for students with intensive needs. District Special Day Class programs are provided for students with delayed cognitive abilities, autism, emotional disturbance, severe language delays and physical disabilities. Occupational/Physical Therapy needs and Counseling and Behavioral Intervention services are also available. These programs focus on building academic, social, emotional, communication, pre-vocational, vocational and functional life skills within the educational setting.

Preschool Programs for 3-5 Year Old Children

Designated Instruction and Services (DIS) programs provide a continuum of services for young children with special needs. Special Day Classes provide programs to students with delayed cognitive abilities, language delays, autism, physical disabilities, hearing impairment and learning disabilities.

All programs provide the opportunity to interact with non-disabled peers and have parent education components. A full range of related services is available as appropriate, including EIBI (Early Intensive Behavior Intervention), Adaptive Physical Education, Speech and Language Services, Occupational Therapy, Parent Education, and other related services.

Vision Impaired Program

The Vision Program is housed at Ramblewood Elementary. Life skills including Braille and occupational therapy services complement the learning environment. Students are included in the general education classrooms to the maximum degree appropriate. Orientation and Mobility is also available for students who qualify.

Psychological Services

The School Psychologists provide a wide range of services, including consultation services, counseling services, behavior management support, as well as assessment and diagnostic services.

Speech and Language Services

Speech and Language Pathologists represent professionals with a wide variety of areas and services; working with students with hearing impairments, oral-motor needs, implementing social communication programs in the classroom, augmentative communications and specialized diagnostic and assessment expertise.

Special Education Transportation

Special Education Transportation is designed for special education students with exceptional needs as specified in their individual education program (IEP). The IEP team will determine whether or not the student is eligible for transportation. Examples: Students with profound disabilities, pupils with orthopedic disabilities using wheelchairs or requiring lifts, and students that are enrolled in a Special Day Program that is not at their resident school.

Special Education Records

Special Education records only are available through the Special Education department. Special Education records are not kept after 5 years. Transcripts and cumulative files are stored at the school of last attendance.  

South East Consortium SELPA

FMSD  is one of eleven Districts in South East Santa Clara County that makes up the South East Cosortium SELPA along with Santa Clara County Office of Education. The SELPA's purpose is to ensure quality special education and related services are available throughout the Valley. This consortium of school districts plans and provides regionalized services for students eligible for special education. The SE SELPA also provides trainings for parents and staff. 

SE SELPA maintains a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) parent group that provides support, information, workshops, and valuable links for parents. For more information about the SELPA and the CAC please contact:
Shelly Ota: Director, South East Consortium
Michele Villarreal: Program Administrator, South East Consortium

Helen Huynh: Program Administrator

South East Consortium SELP Website

The SELPA Local Plan including the Annual Budget and Services Plans, Public Hearing Notices, and Executive Council Meeting agendas can be found here (with this link to the SELPA website).