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Simi Valley, California 93065
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Do You Suspect Your Child Has A Disability?

In the spirit of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, the Simi Valley Unified School District offers your child a free evaluation to assess your child for potential disability.

 

Does your child attend a private school in the Simi Valley area? Do you suspect your child has an unidentified disability which is interfering with his/her learning?  If you answered "Yes" to both questions, your child has a right to access Simi Valley Unified Student Support Services for support.

 

Please select the scenarios that applies to your child from the options listed below:  

 

1) Your child lives in Simi Valley and is attending a private school in Simi Valley.

In this case, you have the right to request a special education assessment** from our Student Support Services Team. Your child may be assessed for special education and if they are found to have a qualifying disability, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) would be offered to you for implementation if you enroll in one of the District's public schools.  If you choose to have your child remain in a private school, an Individualized Services Plan (ISP) would be developed for your child offering some support but not at the same level as the IEP program and/or services.

 

2) Your child lives in Simi Valley and is attending a private school outside of Simi Valley.  

In this case, you have the right to request a special education assessment** from our Student Support Services Team. Your child may be assessed for special education and if they are found to have a qualifying disability, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) would be offered to you for implementation if you enroll in one of the District's public schools.  If you choose to have your child remain in a private school, an Individualized Services Plan (ISP) would be developed by the District where the private school is located for your child offering some support but not at the same level as the IEP program and/or services.

 

NOTE: If your child attends a private school in Los Angeles County, the District where the private school is located is responsible for the special education assessment and potential ISP services.  Simi Valley USD would be responsible for developing and implementing an IEP.

 

3) Your child lives outside of Simi Valley and outside of Ventura County and is attending a private school within Simi Valley. 

In this case, you have the right to request a special education assessment** from our Student Support Services Team. Your child may be assessed for special education and if they are found to have a qualifying disability, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) would be offered to you by your District of Residence for implementation if you enroll in one of the resident District's public schools.  If you choose to have your child remain in a private school, an Individualized Services Plan (ISP) would be developed for your child offering some support but not at the same level as the IEP program and/or services.

 

4) Your child does not live in Simi Valley and lives in Ventura County but is attending a private school located in Simi Valley. 

In this case, your district of residence would conduct the assessment and offer an IEP program if appropriate.   If you decide to have your child remain in a private school in Simi Valley, please contact our Student Support Services department at (805) 306-4500 ext. 4303 to arrange for a ISP meeting.   Simi Valley USD would provide ISP services in this case.   

 

** Please provide  a written request for assessment to the address below.  We recommend including your child’s name, age, home address, school of attendance, current grade level, and rationale for the request. Rationale may include areas of suspected disability and a brief description as to the concerns you are observing. If you are unable to provide us with a written request, our office can provide with you the assistance you need to make the request.

CONTACTS

Margie Edison

Administrative Assistant 

(805) 306-4500 Ext. 4313

 

Zena Begin

Psychologist

(805) 306- 4500 Ext.4307

E-mail your request to Lizette Munoz HERE or send the request via U.S. Postal Service to:

Simi Valley USD

Attn: Student Support Services

101 West Cochran Street

Simi Valley, CA 93065

To discuss these rights, you may also phone Zena at (805) 306-4500 ext. 4307 or contact Student Support Services  at (805) 306-4500 ext. 4313.