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Special Education Content Specialist. It is also located on the Special Education Services website at https://goo.gl/. yuJPhw. 4. If there is still no resolution, call SFUSD Special. Education Services at (415) 759-2222 and ask for the. Special Education Supervisor for your school. 5. If you feel that your concerns haven't been.
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SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

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Where to Get Help with a Child's Special Education Services

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Where to Get Help with a Child's Special Education Services Compiled by Support for Families and the San Francisco Unified School District If you have any questions about this article, please contact Joe Goyos, SFCD Education Programs Director, at [email protected]

It is important for parents to know where to get help if they believe there are problems with their child's special education services. Special Education law creates a partnership between parents and the school so that education can be more effectively designed and delivered to students. With any partnership, communication may break down. It is in the best interest of your child to resolve problems at the earliest indication of communication breakdowns and to seek resolution at the school site first whenever possible. While the law establishes formal methods for dispute resolution, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has established a system of internal, less formal resolution options, which you are encouraged to use whenever you believe a problem is developing. 1. Discuss the problem with your child's classroom teacher and/or other school staff member who knows your child's needs. This can include your child's Special Education teacher, Counselor, Related Service provider (i.e. speech, occupational therapy, etc.), Psychologist or other specialist helping your child. It may also include the school site family liaison, who may be able to help with school site communications with staff. 2. Review your child's IEP and determine if the plan is being implemented. Does it need updating to meet any changing needs of your child? You may request a review of the IEP at anytime. A meeting must be held within 30 days of your request. Be sure to ask that all relevant IEP team members be present to address your concerns. 3. If there is no resolution, discuss the problem with the school Principal. Your Principal may assign staff with responsibility for Special Education to help. You should also speak with the special education program content specialist assigned to your child's school. The Special Education teacher and the school Principal will be able to provide you with contact information for the Special Education C