Student Support Services
Envision Schools’ Department of Special Education’s mission is for students with diverse learning needs to have access to supports that provide educational opportunity at a rigorous, college prep high school.
Envision Schools supports all special education students according to state and federal laws. No student is denied admission because (s)he is in need of special education services.
We believe that special education is a service, not a place, and that all students have the right to be fully included in the general education classrooms with their typical peers for the greatest extent possible.
We believe in Individualized Education Program (IEP) team members collaborating to develop an appropriate plan that documents their areas of need related to their disability, culturally relevant supports the student needs, and goals associated with areas of need.
We believe all students can access a rigorous, college prep curriculum through thoughtful planning and collaboration.
Parent Guide to Special Education
What is Special Education?
Special education is a term used by the law to describe the specialized academic instruction that meets the unique needs of a child who has a disability that impairs his/her ability to succeed in the general education environment. These services are provided by the public school system and are free.
Envision Schools is part of the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). This means we do not belong to San Francisco, Hayward or Oakland Unified School Districts for the purposes of providing special education. New students are processed as Inter-District Transfers and each student transferring to Envision Schools will have an IEP meeting in the first thirty days of the student’s attendance.
Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a state mandated consortium of parents, teachers, administrators and community members who work on behalf of students receiving special education services in our Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and that meets three times per academic year.
Under California Ed Code, the CAC team “shall have the authority and fulfill the responsibilities that are defined for it in the local plan. The responsibilities shall include, but need not be limited to, all the following:
a) Advising the policy and administrative entity of the special education local plan area regarding the development, amendment, and review of the local plan. The entity shall review and consider the comments from the community and advisory committee;
b) Recommending annual priorities to be addressed by the plan;
c) Assisting in parent education and in recruiting parents and other volunteers who may contribute to the implementation of the plan;
d) Encouraging community involvement in the development and review of the local plan;
e) Supporting activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs;
f) Assisting in parent awareness of the importance of regular school attendance.”
Contact your student’s Learning Specialist if you would like a listing of dates the CAC team meets.
RTI – Does your child need help?
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a way to help students experiencing difficulty in school. RTI supports academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs through systems of data analysis, problem solving, instruction and intervention.
RTI is not a program, but a process: a way to identify students who are at risk, why they are struggling and how the family and school can support them together as a community.
A Student Success Team (SST) is a team centered around problem solving difficulties your child may be having.
All children develop at different rates and ways. If you suspect that your child may have a disability or you are interested in learning more about our RTI process or Student Success Teams (SST) for your child, please contact your school’s Principal or Vice Principal of Student Support to discuss your concerns.