Special Education

  • Welcome  


    Special education is a system of services specifically designed to address the educational and related developmental needs of children with disabilities. 

    This includeds early intervention services for pre-school students starting at age three, services for school-age children in grades K-12, and transition services for eligible students up to the age of 22.

    Special education is designed to ensure that students with disabilities are provided the necessary services and supports that allow them equitable opportunities in accessing their education. 


    Expanded Community Website

    Please see our expanded website for additional information. 

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    Expanded Staff Website

    Please see our expanded website for additional information. 

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    Letter to Our Community

    Dear VUSD Special Education Community,

    As we are adapting to the new challenges brought forth by COVID-19, we wanted to reassure our community and all of our stakeholders that VUSD is committed to supporting students with disabilities during this difficult time. 

    The Special Education Department has collaborated with Student Services to ensure that all of our students have equal access to distance learning. Families will be receiving a Prior Written Notice (PWN) that outlines the supports the District will be providing through Distance Learning Instruction. Your teachers and service providers will be reaching out soon to speak with you about your students specific services. 

    During this trying time, we ask that you stay healthy and safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 559-730-7581. 


    Carrie Stephens

    Administrator, Special Education



    PWN - Distance Learning ENGLISH

    PWN - Distance Learning SPANISH


    Recently, our Superintendent Dr. Ravalin, shared information pertaining to the District's staggered approach to reopening school sites. Please select the following link for this information and for future updates from the District.

    VUSD Community Alert 

  • Parent Corner

    Community Advisory Committee & Parent Information Sessions  

    We are in the process of scheduling additional learning and connection opportunities for parents of students with disabilities. Please keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, we encourage you to participate in our county’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC), hosted by the Tulare County SELPA. For more information, visit: https://www.tulareselpa.org/cac

    Upcoming Dates

    Please select the link above for upcoming county Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings


    Please see our expanded community site for community announcements. 

    Request for Special Education Records

    If you need to request your students Special Education records, please contact our Director of Special Education, Ben Dhillon.     

    Carrie Stephens

    Administrator, Special Education

    (559) 730-7581

    (559) 730-7381 (Fax)




    Special Projects Technician

    (559) 730-7581

    (559) 730-7381 (Fax)


    Ben Dhillon

    Director of Special Education

    (559) 730-7581

    (559) 730-7381 (Fax)










Last Modified on February 22, 2021