In OUSD, the Special Education Department is charged with educating students who have learning disabilities or exceptional cognitive or physical needs and who are made eligible for services through an Individual Education Program (IEP). Special Education provides services and support in district-run, alternative and select charter schools to all identified students from infancy through age 22. Services include: specialized academic instruction; speech-language therapy; occupational and physical therapy; assistive technology; adaptive physical education; mental health services; behavior intervention and assessment; career-transition services; and low incidence services for students with visual, hearing and orthopedic impairments.
In our phased plans to reopen schools, the needs of our Special Education students were prioritized by almost every group of stakeholders who contributed to the design of our plans.
We plan to bring our Special Education students back on campuses in phases. Our students receiving services in moderate-severe, mental health, and early childhood programs will return to in-person instruction first. Our students served in general education settings for the majority of their school day will follow, along with the general education population. For more details about our plans in supporting our Special Education students during our distance and blended phases, click here.