Special Education Handbook, Local Plans & Compliance

What is a Special Education Local Plan Area?

"In 1977, all California school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services. San Francisco Unified School District is it's own single district SELPA.

SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators. The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed."

You can read more about SELPA's on the CDE Website.


Want to learn more about SFUSD special education polices and procedures and the services for all children with IEPs? Join one of our Local Plan informational meetings to ask questions and share your comments and feedback. 

May 17th 7:00-8:00pm (virtual) - SELPA Governance Plan Prep Meeting
Review of SFUSD special education policies and procedures (RSVP: martinj5@sfusd.edu)

May 18th 3:30-4:30pm (virtual) Annual SELPA Service Plan Prep Meeting -
Review of all special education services being provided at schools in SFUSD. (RSVP: martinj5@sfusd.edu)

May 25th 6:00-8:00pm (hybrid) Public Hearing SELPA 2023 Local Plan
Overview of SFUSD SELPA Governance and Administration, Budget and Service Plans. Join this meeting to learn more and share your thoughts and concerns. (Register)

CDE Plans & Reports

This page was last updated on May 13, 2023