What is a SELPA?
In 1977, all school districts and county school offices in California were required to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region’s boundaries. Each region became known as a Special Education Local Plan Area – SELPA. Today, there are over 130 SELPAs in the State. The SELPA governance structures vary in form, including models for Multi-District SELPAs, Multi-District/County Office SELPAs, Single District SELPAs, Multi-District/Multi-County SELPAs, County SELPAs with Joint Powers Agreements, and Charter only SELPAs. Each SELPA has a Local Plan describing how it provides special education services. Specific components to be included in the Local Plan are delineated in the Education Code.
The SELPA fosters coordination between general and special education for prevention and early intervention of suspected disabilities. The SELPA also ensures appropriate education services for individuals with disabilities by working cooperatively with other public and private agencies to support a full complement of special education services for students. Each SELPA must have an Administrative Unit (also known as the Responsible Local Agency), which serves as the legal entity that receives funds. In some instances, the Administrative Unit is a school district and in other instances, it is the county office.
Responsibilities of SELPA
Responsibilities of the SELPA include such things as:
- Ensuring Program Availability for all Children with Disabilities
- Governance Committees, including Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
- Assistance with understanding compliance requirements
- Transition Planning
- Program Coordination
- Fiscal Management
- Staff Development
- Curriculum Development and Support
- Data Reporting to the State
- Interagency Coordination
- Program Evaluation
- Budget Planning and Review
- Community Awareness
It is the policy of the Natomas Unified School District SELPA that a free, appropriate public education is available to all children residing in the Natomas SELPA between the ages of three and 21, including students with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled. Appropriate education is that combination of educational and related service(s) as determined on an individual basis to the meet the unique needs of each individual in order to benefit from their access to educational opportunities. The Natomas SELPA is responsible for assuring that pupils have full educational opportunities.
30-Day Local Plan Review
The Natomas Unified SELPA is pleased to share the Local Plan for the 2023-24 school year.
The purpose of the Local Plan is to:
- Outline the special education policies/procedures and services that are offered throughout the SELPA.
- To assure access to special education and related services for all individuals with exceptional needs residing within the geographic areas served by the plan
- To assure compliance with all Federal and State codes and statutes
This year, Local Plan Section D: Annual Budget Plan, Section E: Annual Service Plan and attachments are the only revised sections of the Local Plan. Local Plan Section B: Governance and Administration has been previously approved. Due to EC 56205 (b)(7) Local Plan Section D: Annual Budget Plan, Section E: Annual Service Plan and Attachments are to be made available for a 30-day review period. You can review the proposed plans below.