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Contact Veronica Polk  Veronica Polk (925) 626-3303 ex: 3076 Principal and Special Education Director
Contact Vanessa Oceguera  Vanessa Oceguera (925) 626-3359 Special Education Secretary

Special Education


Distance Learning and Special Education

As we began our school year in full distance learning, we understand this is new and can be a challenging environment for many members of our special education community.  

Please know we will do everything we possibly can to help all of our students and families during these unique times.  Please reach out to your student's case managers with your questions and concerns as well as checking back for additional resources on our webpage as we continue to include updates.

Special Education in the Knightsen School District

Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). 

A student may qualify for Special Education services as an individual with special needs in one of the following areas: Deaf/hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind, Visually impaired, Speech-Language impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Orthopedically Impaired, Intellectually Disabled, Emotionally Disturbed, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Other Health Impaired.  Once a student is determined to be eligible to receive specialized support, those supports are identified with the student's educational team and documented in his/her Individual Education Plan.

At each IEP meeting, the team is required to consider a continuum of options for service, beginning with the least restrictive.  The team must determine which combination of services provides the required benefits with the least restriction to the academic, mental, physical, and socio-emotional impact of their environment.  Federal law requires that the educational placement to receive the identified services be as close as possible to the child’s home, and that the child is educated in the school he or she would attend if non-disable, unless the IEP team determines that the child requires some other arrangements and/or support.

The Knightsen Elementary School District offers a continuum of Special Education support which includes: push-in, resource, and Special Day Classes.