Special Education

Forms and Information

Special Education Supports

Commissioned Reports on
Special Education
(Heir Report,
Naranjo Report and Hernandez
Overidentification Report)

Parent Opportunities

The San Diego Unified School District is dedicated to identifying, locating and assessing all students within the district from birth to 21 years of age who may have disabilities, and providing appropriate support and/or related services to those students determined by an educational evaluation.

The District is committed to providing eligible students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws, including those students enrolled in private schools, wards of the state, highly mobile students with exceptional needs, etc. For information call 619-725-7650.

These services are provided based on the individual needs of the student. After a team, comprised of educational professionals and the parent(s), determines a students' unique needs and consider a variety of factors, an Individual Education Program (IEP) is created. An IEP is a legal document that describes how the San Diego Unified School District provides services to a student with exceptional needs. Special Ed support and services are provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004).

Contact Us
Special Education Division Tel. 619-725-7650


Distance Learning Information

Update: Special Education Communication

SPED Guidance Training DL (MP4 Video) (cc)
Sign into District Google Drive to access video.

Guidance for Special Educators and Related Service Providers in Distance Learning PowerPoint (PDF)

SDUSD Distance Learning Special Education Guidelines

Parent Guidelines for Students with Disabilities (PWN) Prior Written Notice Form loads as a Word file. (Please send PWN home to all families and also send home during IEP meetings)

Parent Guidelines for Students with Disabilities (Spanish Version) Prior Written Notice (Please send PWN home to all families and also send home during IEP meetings)

Distance Learning Special Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Distance Learning Plan for the Moderate/Severe Program

(This plan includes a pacing guide to support personal professional development in preparing for distance learning as well as useful resources such as sample lesson plans, contact logs, and additional district resources curated to support you as you design your distance learning plans.)

Distance Learning Plan for Related and Low Incidence Services

ParaEducator Distance Learning

Covid 19 IEP Delay codes updated in SEAS

Distance Learning Logs (Save log files first, then work in them)

Parent Contact Log

Instructional Tracking Log

Translation Interpretation

Interpretation for remote IEP meetings/language support guide for case managers:

  1. Interpretation & support requests
  2. Meeting logistics

III. Recommendations for Effective Communication during the Meeting

Covid 19 Information

COVID 19 (English)

COVID 19 (Spanish)