Special Education

We at Hemet Unified School District are dedicated to ensuring that ALL students have access to a high quality, relevant, and research-based education that promotes academic and non-academic success in order to prepare students for college and career opportunities. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE DURING DISTRICT CLOSURE
of March 16, 2020 through June 19, 2020
 

NOTICE UPDATED: April 17, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Educational Rights Holders of Students with IEPs and 504 Plans:

 

On April 2, 2020, the Riverside County Public Health Officer extended the physical closure of all schools in Riverside County to June 19, 2020, as a result of health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.

 

The Hemet Unified School District understands that this is an unprecedented situation for our students and staff.  Optional enrichment activities are available on the District’s website and may be accessed by students and parents.  Additionally, District educators and service providers will be available to answer any questions that students and parents have regarding the enrichment activities that students and parents elect to access while the District’s schools remain closed.

 

The District will not be providing services under individualized education program and Section 504 plans while the District’s schools remain closed due to COVID-19.  Once the Riverside County Public Health Officer authorizes the District’s schools to reopen and students return to school sites the District will convene an IEP team meeting or Section 504 team meeting for each student as applicable to discuss whether the student requires compensatory education services due to the break in instruction caused by COVID-19 school closures.

 

A copy of the procedural safeguards were previously mailed out the week of March 16, 2020 and are attached our district website at hemetusd.org on Special Education's homepage.

 

Please contact me with any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Jennifer Martin 

Director of Special Education (Supporting students with IEPs)

jmartin@hemetusd.org

(951) 765-5100 Ext. 4200

 

Mr. Dennis G. Massey

Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance (Supporting students with 504 Plans)

Hemet Unified School District

dmassey@hemetusd.org

(951) 765-5100 Ext. 3700


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17 de abril de 2020

 

Estimado Padre del Titular de los Derechos Educativos:

 

El 2 de abril del 2020, el Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado de Riverside extendió el cierre físico de todas las escuelas en el Condado de Riverside hasta el 19 de junio del 2020, como resultado de problemas de salud y seguridad relacionados con el COVID-19.

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hemet entiende que esta es una situación sin precedentes para nuestros estudiantes y personal.  Las actividades de enriquecimiento opcionales están disponibles en el sitio web del Distrito y pueden ser accedidas por estudiantes y padres.  Además, los educadores del Distrito y los proveedores de servicios estarán disponibles para contestar cualquier pregunta que los estudiantes y los padres tengan con respecto a las actividades de enriquecimiento a las que los estudiantes y los padres eligen acceder mientras las escuelas del Distrito permanecen cerradas. 

 

El Distrito no proporcionará servicios bajo el programa de educación individualizada ni para planes de la Sección 504 mientras las escuelas del Distrito permanezcan cerradas debido al COVID-19.  Una vez que el Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado de Riverside autorice a las escuelas del Distrito a reabrir y los estudiantes regresen a los planteles escolares, el Distrito convocará una reunión del equipo del IEP o una reunión del equipo de la Sección 504 para cada estudiante, según corresponda, para hablar acerca de si el estudiante requiere servicios de educación compensatoria debido a la interrupción de la instrucción causada por los cierres de escuelas por el COVID-19. 

 

La semana del 16 de marzo del 2020, se enviaron previamente, por correo, la copia de las salvaguardias procesales y están adjuntos a nuestro sitio del distrito en  hemetusd.org en la página principal de Educación Especial.  

 

Para cualquier pregunta, favor de comunicarse conmigo. 

 

Sinceramente,

 

Dra. Jennifer Martin

Directora de Educación Especial

jmartin@hemetusd.org

(951) 765-5100 Ext. 4200

 

Sr. Dennis G. Massey

Coordinador de Asistencia y Bienestar Estudiantil

Hemet Unified School District

dmassey@hemetusd.org

(951) 765-5100 Ext. 3700

 

 

*********** FOR OPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ***********
for Hemet Unified students, please visit
Check out the Special Education and 504 Plan Resources

 

PRIOR WRITTEN NOTICE & PARENTAL SAFEGUARDS:

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EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR IMPORTANT UPDATE 
 

Due to school closures through June 19, we have revised ESY dates, aligned to the revised Summer School dates. Extended School Year parent letter provided below for further information.


REVISED ESY Dates:

  • ESY Staff Prep Day: Friday, June 19

  • ESY Session: Monday, June 22 through Monday, July 13 

    • 15 days of instruction, Monday-Friday

  • Holiday (4th of July) Observed: Monday, July 6


2020 ESY Locations and Times: 

Program 

Grade

Location 

Time 

ESY 

Elementary PreK-5

Bautista Creek Elementary 

8:15am - 1:35pm

ESY

Middle 6-8 

Acacia Middle School 

8:00am - 1:20pm

ESY 

High Schools  9-12 

Hemet High, Tahquitz High 

7:30am - 12:50pm 

ESY 

Adult Transition (SAILS) 

SAILS Campus at Alessandro

7:45am - 1:05pm

 

What is Special Education?

 

Hemet Unified School District joins 24 other local educational agency (LEA) members to form the Riverside County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), which is the largest multi-district SELPA in California. Riverside County SELPA supports Hemet Unified School District in the implementation of the legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and its supporting regulations for Special Education.

 

Education Code

56031 (a) "Special education," in accordance with Section 1401 (29) of Title 20 of the United States Code, means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and other settings, and instruction in physical education.

(b) In accordance with Section 300.39 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, special education includes each of the following, if the services otherwise meet the requirements of subdivision (a):

(1) Speech-language pathology services, or any other designated instruction and service or related service, pursuant to Section 56363, if the service is considered special education rather than a designated instruction and service or related service under state standards.

(2) Travel training.

(3) Vocational education.

(c) Transition services for individuals with exceptional needs may be special education, in accordance with Section 300.43(b) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, if provided as specially designed instruction, or a related service, if required to assist an individual with exceptional needs to benefit from special education.

(d) Individuals with exceptional needs shall be grouped for instructional purposes according to their instructional needs

Federal and state law define individuals with exceptional needs as including children with intellectual disabilities, hearing impairments (including deafness), speech or language impairments, visual impairments (including blindness), emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities; and who by reason thereof, need special education and related services (20 U.S.C. section 1402(3); 34 C.F.R. section 300.8; Education Code section 56026; 5 California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 3030).
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Dr. Jennifer Martin, Special Education Director

 
  Address: 1791 W. Acacia Avenue  Hemet, CA 92545 
 
     
Phone: 951-765-5100 x 4080   Fax 951-765-5136 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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