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  • COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan

    Students with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
    The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative effect on schools resulting in learning disruption nationally. Students with disabilities may need Compensatory Education services to remedy any educational or other deficits that resulted from a student with an IEP or Section 504 plan not receiving the evaluations or services to which they were entitled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students with disabilities may also need Recoupment Services to regain skills lost resulting from pandemic learning disruptions. The Los Angeles Unified School District has implemented two approaches for processes for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic:

    Compensatory Education- special education and related aids and services to remedy any educational or other deficits that resulted from a student with a disability (with either an IEP or Section 504 plan) not receiving the evaluations or services to which they were entitled during the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan, please refer to: https://achieve.lausd.net/compedplan.

    Recoupment Services- additional supports offered to general and special education students to address potential learning loss caused by pandemic-related school facility closures. For further information about recoupment services, please refer to: https://achieve.lausd.net/spedrecoupment.   

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  • COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan

    COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan

    Click on this article's title to learn about LAUSD's two processes for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for students with IEPs or a Section 504 plan. // Haga clic en el título de este artículo para conocer los dos procesos del LAUSD para abordar el impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19 para estudiantes con IEP o un plan de la Sección 504.

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  • Parent Workshop Survey 2022-2023

    Parent Workshop Survey 2022-2023

    The Division of Special Education is seeking input from families, educators and school site administrators to develop future parent workshops that are aligned to the needs of our communities. The survey consists of 9 questions and will take about 3-5 minutes to complete. The survey will close on June 30, 2022. Click on this article's title for more information. // La División de Educación Especial está buscando aportes de familias y maestros para generar futuros talleres para padres y asi alinealos con las necesidades de nuestras comunidades. La encuesta consiste de 9 preguntas y durará entre 3 y 5 minutos. Haga clic en el título de este artículo para acceder a información en español.

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  • New LAUSD Position Paper: Equity and Access for Students with Disabilities

    New LAUSD Position Paper: Equity and Access for Students with Disabilities

    Click on this article's title to access L.A. Unified’s Division of Special Education position paper on practices that support equity and access for Students with Disabilities. // Haga clic en el título de este artículo para acceder al documento de posición de la División de Educación Especial del Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles sobre las prácticas que respaldan la equidad y el acceso para los estudiantes con discapacidades.

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  • Child Find

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    The Los Angeles Unified School District seeks to identify, locate, and evaluate children suspected of having a disability who may be eligible for special education services designed to meet their educational needs at no cost to families. This includes highly mobile children, migrant children, children experiencing homelessness, children who are wards of the state and children attending private schools located within LAUSD boundaries regardless of where they reside. All other children must live in the LAUSD attendance area.

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State Measures & Guidelines

The State Performance Plan (SPP) is a six-year plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) by the California Department of Education (CDE). The current SPP spans Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2013-2018. This document will be updated once the new SPP is made available.

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    TELEPHONE: (213) 241-6701

    FAX:  (877) 339-2648

    EMAIL: spedsfss@lausd.net

    Staff members are available to provide you with immediate assistance Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PST).

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Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center
Centro Regional Los Angeles Zona Este

1000 South Fremont
Alhambra, CA 91802
Telephone: (626) 299-4700
Website: http://www.elarc.org

Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
Centro Regional Lanterman

3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Telephone: (213) 383-1300
Website: http://www.lanterman.org

Harbor Regional Center
Centro Regional Zona Harbor

21231 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
Telephone: (310) 540-1711
Website: https://www.harborrc.org

North Los Angeles County Regional Center
Centro Regional del Condado de Los Angeles Zona Norte

9200 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 100
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Telephone: (818) 788-1900
Website: http://www.nlacrc.org

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
Centro Regional del Centro Sur de Los Angeles

2500 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Telephone: (213) 744-7000

Westside Regional Center
Centro Regional de Westside

5901 Green Valley Cir #320
Culver City, CA 90230
Telephone: (310) 258-4000
Website: https://westsiderc.org  

California Children’s Services (CCS) is reaching out to families to address possible changes to upcoming Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) appointments. To contact CCS about an upcoming MTU appointment, please contact your MTU or call 1-800-288-4584. Additional CCS information can be found at http://www.lapublichealth.org/cms/CCS.htm.

Gardena MTU – Sellery Special Education Center

Huntington Park MTU – San Antonio Elementary

Pacific Blvd MTU – Pacific Blvd School

Mar Vista MTU – McBride/Grand View

Perez MTU – Perez Career and Transition Center

North Hollywood MTU - Lowman Special Education Center

Reseda MTU – Lokrantz Special Education Center

San Pedro MTU – Willenberg Career and Transition Center

Widney MTU – Widney Career Preparatory and Transition Center

Los Angeles MTU – Salvin Special Education Center


LAUSD Career and Transition Centers provide employment preparation, independent living skills, and social skills instruction to students ages 18-22, who are identified by Individual Education Program (IEP) teams as needing an alternate curriculum.

Visit https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/17048 for more information


Parent Newsletter

To access the parent newsletter, click on the link below for the edition you'd like to review. // Para acceder al boletín para padres, haga clic en el enlace a continuación para la edición que le gustaría revisar.

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