Department of Special Services
The Madera Unified School District is committed to meeting the needs of all of our children. Special education programs have been developed to meet the range of services needed by our students. The Special Services Department is dedicated to assisting parents and their students in receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
Prior to referring a student for a Special Education assessment, schools must offer a variety of interventions to help reach students in the general education setting. Meetings are held with parents to gather information about their children. Parents often provide the best information needed to guide the classroom teachers’ approach to teaching a child, so we welcome this relationship. A Response to Intervention (RtI) model, matched to a student’s learning style, is used to help students get caught up with their peers and reach grade level standards and beyond.
When alternative methods of teaching through the RtI process have not resulted in a student making significant progress, a Student Study Team (SST) meeting is held and if determined necessary, an assessment plan to determine whether a student has a disability or not is developed by the Special Services team. Our department also oversees services for students that qualify for Section 504 of the rehabilitation act in which general education supports are provided to students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as learning.
We look forward to an exciting year, full of student success stories. We are here to serve parents, students, and staff!
Left to Right: Sarah Bagdasarian, Jim Hubbard, Caryn Tatsumara, Dr. Dennis Unruh, Beth White, Deanna Medina, Anita Villegas, Lupe Chagoya, Candy Carranza, Brian Gaviola, Alex Medina,
Not Pictured – Ana Lisa Luna