10 Placement Options (Service Delivery Options)


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Chapter Revision date: 02/2016

For information about the continuum of options from the least to the most restrictive level of services, refer to section 10.1 below. 

For information about Enrollment Options, AKA school “CHOICE,” refer to section 10.2 below.

10.      Continuum of Services from Least to Most Restrictive 

Example of the continuum of Placement Options

 

 
 Least Restrictive
  • General education with weekly or daily monitoring from a special education provider
  • General education with special education services and supports included in that setting which are aligned with the general education curriculum (utilizing such strategies as flexible groupings, universally-designed curriculum, overlapping curriculum, cooperative learning, peer tutoring, parallel or differentiated instruction, team teaching)
  • General education with special education services provided for part of the day in a resource/support room or learning center
  • Separate special education classroom on the comprehensive campus
  • Self-contained separate special education classroom at a separate site
  • Special education day school (outside the school environment) including Non Public School
  • Residential treatment facility
  • Hospital
  • Detention facility
  • Homebound
Most Restrictive

 Refer to the SDUSD Special Education website for various program options and contact information.

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10.1.1      General Education with no special education services

The student is not eligible for special education and/or related services.

10.1.2      General Education classroom/public school site

The student requires specialized academic instruction (SAI) and/or a related service in the general education classroom. Example:  SAI 5 hours/week and/or Language & Speech (SLP) 1 hour/week in the general education classroom.

10.1.3      Separate classroom/public school site

The student requires SAI in a separate (pull-out) setting that is not within the general education classroom.

10.1.4      Separate school site

The student requires SAI in a separate setting where there are no general education peers, i.e., not on a comprehensive campus.

note  If considering placement at a separate school site or program, complete the Request for Alternative Placement Consultation form/packet and contact the appropriate office/department prior to the IEP meeting. 

note If the student requires transportation as a related service due to the placement, review chapter 11, Special Education Transportation for information on transportation
 

10.1.5      Non-public day school

The student requires a specialized setting that cannot be provided in/by the district.  If considering offering placement at a non-public day school, complete the Request for Alternative Placement Consultation form/packet and contact the appropriate office/department prior to the IEP meeting.

10.1.6        Non-public residential school – in or out of California

The student requires a setting in which the student resides at the residential facility and receives SAI at, near, or through the residential facility.  Residential facilities are determined by the IEP team in collaboration with the Non-Public School department.  If considering offering placement at a non-public residential school, complete the Request for Alternative Placement Consultation form/packet and contact the appropriate office/department prior to the IEP meeting.
 

10.1.7      Home/Hospital

Types of Services:
 
Home/Hospital and Transition Supports School (Location 0382)
 
The Home/Home Hospital and Transition Supports School serves K-12 students who are hospitalized or homebound due to a temporary medical condition and are unable to attend their regular school for an extended period of time.  Instructional content depends upon the student’s grade level and individual need.  Students typically receive educational services in the core academic areas such English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and History.  Students receiving special education services are supported within the guidelines of their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  To prepare students for a successful return to a regular school setting, staff collaborate with family, school, and agencies to ensure supports are in place for a smooth transition.
  • To receive services, students must be determined to be eligible for Home/Hospital services and be enrolled in Home/Hospital and Transition Supports School (location 0382)
 
Home (Medically Homebound)
 
Educational services delivered in student’s home due to a temporary illness or injury requiring student to be absent from school for an extended period of time.  Instruction is typically provided for one hour per day. 
  • To request homebound instruction, parent/guardian must submit a completed request packet.  Physician approval and documentation of need required.  The request packet is available on school website or from school nurse.

Home Hospital
Educational services delivered to student hospitalized for a period of 5 days or longer in a hospital located within the boundaries of San Diego Unified School District.  
  • To request educational services during a student’s hospitalization, the parent/guardian must submit a completed request packet.  Physician approval and documentation of need is required.  The request packet is available on school website or from school nurse.

Transition Supports
 
This serves students with non-medical needs who require short-term educational services in a temporary setting.  Locations include Polinsky Children’s Center, Ronald McDonald House, STEPS Adolescent Program, and the Transition Support Center. 
 

Contact:

Home/Hospital and Transition Supports
(858) 874-1144 
 

Location:

Office of Children and Youth in Transition
Education Center Annex 14 

10.2      Enrollment Option for Special Education Students (CHOICE)

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This part will address students that:  

  • reside within district boundaries  - Section 10.2.1
  • reside outside of district boundaries and whose parents apply for a preferred school of choice – Section 10.2.2
  • reside outside of district boundaries, are accepted into a CHOICE school and need an Interdistrict Attendance Permit – Section 10.2.3
  • move out of the district during the school year – Section 10.2.4

10.2.1      Special Education Students that Reside Within District Boundaries 

San Diego Unified School District offers a School Choice option to all students preferring to enroll in a school other than the neighborhood school.  Parents of special education students may apply to attend a different school by completing a School Options application at www.sandi.net/apply between Nov. 1 and Feb. 15 of any school year.  Late applications are only accepted from students that are new to the district or students that moved after Feb. 15. 
 
Enrollment is on a “space available” basis based on School Choice capacity as provided by the District Demographer.  The process is an unbiased selection process for all students that apply.  The majority of students with disabilities who attend a school of CHOICE can receive their special education services in any of our schools.  However, as stated in the CHOICE application process, parents assume full responsibility for transportation when they enroll a child at a school of CHOICE.

The Special Education Department makes every effort to provide services at each student’s school of attendance.  However, there are some services that are highly specialized and require specific credentialed staff.  Upon CHOICE enrollment in locations where a special education service cannot be provided, the parent will be notified in writing (Prior Written Notice) of a different identified school at which the special education services can be implemented.  In this instance, the parent may choose one of these options:

  1. return their child to the school of residence and receive special education services there (or receive transportation from the home school to an identified school where the special education services can be implemented); or
  1. have their child attend the identified school offered in the Prior Written Notice (in effect, associated with the CHOICE school).  If the parent remains within CHOICE, the parent is responsible for transportation to the school offered.

An Interim Placement form is not required to be completed because the student is continuing within the district.  Enrollment is on a “space available” basis based on School Choice capacity as provided by the District Demographer.  The process is an unbiased selection process for all students that apply.  

note Students that apply for and are accepted at a school other than the neighborhood school will not receive special education transportation services.  

10.2.2     Students that Reside Outside of District Boundaries 

Students that do not live within SDUSD boundaries must attend their district of residence.  SDUSD has agreements with over 42 school districts to “exchange” students.

Families that want their student(s) to attend a school in SDUSD must first apply for their preferred school of choice by completing a School Choice application through www.sandi.net/apply between Nov. 1 and Feb. 15 – the same dates apply every year.  It is important that students apply first through Enrollment Options in order to determine if their preferred school option is available.  If they do not get the school of their choice or do not accept another school that may be offered, they may not want to pursue School Choice in SDUSD. 

10.2.3    Transfer Procedures – Out of District Student is Accepted at a “CHOICE” School (Interdistrict Attendance Permit) 

If, through this process a student is offered enrollment at a SDUSD school: 
  1. Parents will be informed that in order to enroll in SDUSD, an application for an Interdistrict Attendance Permit must be obtained from their district of residence and must be approved by the resident district first.  
  1. The family must complete the Interdistrict Attendance Permit process starting at the resident school district. 
  1. The resident district must agree to release the student before SDUSD may enroll the student.  The resident school district will send, or the parent may bring or mail the completed Interdistrict Attendance Permit form to the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options Office in Annex 7B at the Eugene Brucker Education Center. 
  1. The Interdistrict AttendancePermit is for admission into the district and not to a specific school.  If the student is not accepted at the family’s preferred school through the School Choice process, SDUSD may offer another school that has space available.
  1. Only staff in the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options office are authorized to approve Interdistrict Attendance Permits.

note The Special Education Department makes every effort to provide services at each student’s school of attendance.  However, there are some services that are highly specialized and require specific credentialed staff.  Upon CHOICE enrollment at locations where a special education service(s) cannot be provided, the parent will be notified in writing (Prior Written Notice) of a different identified school at which the offer of special education services can be provided. In this instance, the parent is responsible for transportation to the school offered. 

note If IEP placement and services indicate the student requires a setting not offered at the school site at which the student is accepted through the School Choice process, the Education Specialist at the site must contact their district level support staff for assistance in determining placement options. 

note An Interim Placement form is required to be completed because the student is entering SDUSD from out of the district.  

10.2.4             Students that Move Out of District during the School Year 

Students that move out of the district during the school year and want to complete the school year at the same school within SDUSD must also obtain an Interdistrict Attendance Permit starting first with the (new) resident school district.  Otherwise, they are considered to have not met residency requirements for enrollment in SDUSD and may be asked to attend school in their (new) resident district.
 
Students must enroll in their resident district while waiting for a decision, but SDUSD may allow a current student to remain at the school while waiting for the decision from the new resident school district.
 
Students must maintain satisfactory attendance, discipline, academic and citizenship grades to remain in SDUSD on an Interdistrict Attendance Permit.  If not, parent(s) are given a verbal warning and a written warning prior to revocation of the Interdistrict Attendance Permit.  There is no appeal process for this revocation.
 
The Interdistrict Attendance Permit will generally be approved to complete the current school year only, and the family must reapply at www.sandi.net/apply for the next school year.  Enrollment is on a space available basis based on the school’s CHOICE student capacity as provided to Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options by the District Demographer. 
 
Should the sending or the receiving district deny the Interdistrict Attendance Permit, the student must attend school in their (new) district of residence.  The family has a three level appeal process within the district for any denied Interdistrict Attendance Permit. After final notification of denial, the parent may contact the County Board of Education for appeal within 30 days.
 
 

Contact:

Sandy Robles
Enrollment Options Manager 
619-725-7153  

Location:

Ed Center, Annex 7B