Special Education

 

Margaret Akinnusi

Margaret Akinnusi
Director, Special Education

760-955-3201 x10227


Welcome to the Special Education Program

Victor Valley Union High School District (VVUHSD) Special Education Department provides students with exceptional needs access to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The Special Education Department provides leadership, administration, and programming for schools serving students with special needs. We are part of the Desert Mountain Special Education Local Planning Area (DMSELPA). We work with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of School (SBCSS) (https://cahelp.org/programs/dmselpa) and California Department of Education (CDE) to obtain services for students with exceptional needs. We follow state and federal regulations regarding special education.

Special Education Programs and Services:
Victor Valley Union High School District (VVUHSD) Special Education Department provides students with exceptional needs access to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The Special Education Department provides leadership, administration, and programming for schools serving students with special needs. We are part of the Desert Mountain Special Education Local Planning Area (DMSELPA). We work with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of School (SBCSS) (https://cahelp.org/programs/dmselpa) and California Department of Education (CDE) to obtain services for students with exceptional needs. We follow state and federal regulations regarding special education.

Identification and Services:
Children that have suspected or identified disabilities may be eligible to receive special education services at no cost to parents in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent appropriate. Each school site utilizes a Student Success Team (SST) to help any student with academic, behavioral, or other school difficulties. Within this process, a history of the student is obtained, and interventions to assist the student are implemented and documented over a period of time. If these interventions fail to remediate the difficulties, a referral may be made for a special education assessment. Eligibility varies and is based on a student's needs. The Department provides a variety of Special Education services including, but not limited to the following based on student's needs:

  • Specialized Academic Instruction
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Counseling Services

Parents of students with exceptional needs have additional rights and protections referred to as Parent's Rights and Procedural Safeguards. This document is available here in English and Spanish.