Special Ed Staff Newsletter
Happy New Year!
I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and restful winter break. As we begin our new year we have many continued goals in mind to meet the needs of our scholars. Please review the newsletter for important dates and upcoming professional development opportunities.
Director, Special Education
SPED Contact information:
Are you new to VUSD? Do you need a review of VUSD special ed procedures? If so, then please join the Special Ed Department monthly optional office hours.
SpEd Certificated Office Hours (4pm - 5pm via zoom) (Optional, paid hourly rate): The purpose of SpEd office hours is to review IEP compliance and current topics in SpEd. Agenda items will be posted on the invite. The 2022-23 Office Hours agenda is in the SpEd Certificated Office Hours
Please sign up in Vector for all office hours.
Upcoming office hours: February 2, 2023 TK & K assessments (Zoom)
Extended School Year (ESY)
Please remember to take data before and after holiday breaks to measure student regression and recoupment of skills. The purpose of ESY is to help students maintain their current levels so they do not regress further over extended breaks. Please document ESY discussions in IEP notes.
Dates: June 20, 2023 - July 14, 2023 (no school on 7/4)
Make determination with the IEP team for ESY by April 28, 2023
Guidelines for ESY Eligibility
Collaborate with any related services to determine if the student qualifies for those services during ESY. If the student has Intensive
Complete all IEPs (annuals and tris due by 9/30/23) by the end of this school year
Transition Staffing Dates Middle and High
The Special Education Department will be reaching out to site teams with specific dates the week of 01/23/23
5th to 6th:
February 22 and Feb 28, March 1, 2 (including M/S)
8th to 9th:
March 7, 8, 9, and March 14, 15, and 16 (including M/S)
April 25, 26, 27
Please update all state testing information on IEPs by 03/24/23
Complete all IEPs due by 06/07/2023 (annuals & tris due by 9/30/23)
IEP nurse attendance for initials and tris
Nurses are required to attend all initials and tris as part of the IEP team. IF THE PARENT AGREES, they may be excused in part prior to the meeting with an excusal form.
Updated: Medi-Cal One Pager
Imperial County SELPA - Free PD events!
"Improving Outcomes for English Learners with Disabilities"
Co-Teaching: Making Learning Accessible for English Learners with Disabilities on March 6th
Addressing Equity to Improve Outcomes for English Learners and ELs with Disabilities on March 27th and 28th
If you haven’t registered already, there is still time to register in-person or via zoom. Please see attached flyers for more information and registration links.
Yvonne Fortin Friday Tips
Previously on…Friday Tips:
01/27/23 - Parent Involvement
01/20/23 - Services that end in June
01/13/22 - ESY reminder and Matriculation reminder
12/16/22 - Progress Reports - a walkthrough WITH EXAMPLES
12/09/22 - Drag and Drop Attachments
12/02/22 - Updated Procedural Safeguards and Friday Tips LIVE! (?)
11/18/22 - Happy Thanksgiving!
11/15/22 - a Special Tuesday TIP! Do not pre-date IEPs in SEIS
11/04/22 - Numbering IEPs and Adding new students to caseload
10/28/22 - Printing Greyed-Out Forms and Previous DNQ's
10/21/22 - Electronic Signatures (E sign package), Parent Walkthrough, Parent Walkthrough Spanish Version, participant walkthrough, Official SEISSign walkthrough
10/14/22 - Mail Etiquette
10/07/22 - My IEP is NOT overdue!
09/30/22 - IEP document management
09/23/22 - Delay Codes
09/16/22 - Social Services Questionnaires
09/09/22 - the Difference between a DNQ and Exit IEP
09/02/22 - Documenting a Late IEP
08/26/22 - Annual and TRI due in the same school year and How to request an Interpreter
08/19/22 - 60 day Timeline!
08/12/22 - Transfer students from Non SEIS District, Program Setting for Incoming Private/NPS, How to bulk print from SEIS
What's happening at our schools?
Parent Information - Please share with our VUSD families!
Community Advisory Committee- Important Dates
Community Resource Fair
- In person at the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education, Saturday, February 11, 2023, Drop in anytime between 10:00-noon.
Submission Period for NCCSE Scholarships for 2023-2024 School Year
Applications for NCCSE-sponsored scholarships are now available. The scholarship submission period for new applications for 2023-2024 is open until March 31, 2023.
See below for information about the 2 scholarships available.
- The Dr. Lynnette Robinson Scholarship for Inclusive Education - For high school seniors who want to pursue a career in special education or a related field. A scholarship award of $1500 for up to 4 years.
- The Bob Grundstrom Memorial Scholarship Information - For high school seniors who receive special education services. A one-time scholarship award of $1500.
Special Education Community Liaison
Please don't hesitate to communicate with our Community Liaison. We are here to facilitate communication between VUSD and families.
If you need assistance please reach out to Doris Cruz.
Phone number: (760) 726-2170 ext. 92914
- CAPTAIN- California Autism Professional Training and Information Network
- North County Resource guide
- NCCSE- Mental Health Presentation from Nov. 9th
- FindHelp.org Search and connect to support.
- Online Tutoring
- San Diego Regional Center
- Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego
- VUSD Calming Corner
- INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT II-LH/CH/RSP - Permanent
- INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT-BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION, Permanent & Substitutes (OPEN and CONTINUOUS Application)
- SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSISTANT IV-SH/PH - OPEN and CONTINUOUS application
- Early Childhood Education Specialist - California Avenue School (Repost)
Special Education Department Contacts
Nereida Gutierrez, Director, Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steffanie Rupp, Coordinator, Special Education, email@example.com
Rachel Schmidt, Principal, California Avenue School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Abraham, Principal, Vista Adult Transition Program, email@example.com
Jennifer Gruman, Program Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Foley, Program Supervisor, email@example.com
Kinga Nagorny, Program Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Charyn Socket Berg, Program Supervisor email@example.com
Dafnee Ramirez, Administrative Secretary, Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Debra Harris, Data Tech, email@example.com
Yvonne Fortin, Data Tech, firstname.lastname@example.org
Doris Cruz, Community Liaison, Special Education, email@example.com
Special Education Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Department
Address: 1234 Arcadia Avenue Vista, CA, 92084
Phone number: (760) 726-2170 ext. 92914