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Special Education Services

A student may qualify for special education services after an assessment has been conducted in accordance with Federal Guidelines, has been found to have a disability, who because of those impairments needs special education and related services meets the criterion under one of the 13 categories for special education eligibility: 

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

Based on a student’s needs, a student may receive one or more of the following services:

  • Designated Instructional Services
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Health Services
  • Behavioral Intervention

A full array of placement options exists to provide a continuum of services, based on the student’s identified needs:

  • Resource Specialist RS
  • Special Day Class SDC
  • County Office of Education COE
  • SELPA classes
  • Non Public-Schools/Agencies
  • Home Hospital Instruction

All: Appropriate Links to Learning

Each school in Union School District implements the ALL process to assist students and their families, along with the school team to address needs of all students.  Each school's ALL Team is comprised of school administration, the student’s teacher,  parents, the student (if appropriate) and other staff with knowledge of the student. The ALL team may assist in issues related to classwork, homework, attendance, school adjustment or other matters.  The school may contact you to schedule a meeting with the ALL team. Parents may also contact the school to request an ALL Team meeting to discuss any concerns they may have in regards to their child's progress. 
Please click the link below to review further information in the ALL process parent pamphlet:

Health Services

District nurses and school Health Clerks assist with the record keeping of state and federal mandated health and immunization records including but not limited to Tuberculosis screening, immunizations, school entry health assessments, scoliosis screening, vision and hearing screening, dental screenings. In addition, staff may administer medication to students on an daily basis as prescribed through a physician.


The district contracts with community based organizations to provide counseling to students with school adjustment issues.

Home Hospital Instruction

Students may at times require hospitalization for health reasons. Should hospitalization occur and be required for a period of time, please notify your child’s school. The school district where the hospital is located will provide instruction while your child is in the hospital.
At other times, students may have health related reasons that require they do not attend school for a period of time. With a doctor’s order describing the condition, the length of time the student needs to be on bed rest and any other significant information of your child’s non-contagious medical disorder, a Home Instructor may be assigned to provide up to one hour of daily instruction in the home. Contact your school principal if your child’s health condition requires that he not be in attendance at school.

Preschool Assessment

To request an assessment for your preschooler age 3-5 (not kindergarten eligible for the current school year), please complete the following items so that we can get the assessment process started:
  • Send a brief letter with the following information:
    • Your child's name as it appears on the birth certificate, and date of birth
    • Parents' names and home address
    • Parents' phone numbers and email addresses
    • Language spoken in the home
    • A brief description of your concerns - "He doesn't talk," or "She talks a lot but we can't understand her," etc.
  • Register using our online application process - go to unionsd.org > Parents > Student Registration > Online Registration
  • Turn in all residency documentation to Noddin (Regardless of your home school, all preschool assessments are conducted at Noddin).
  • Provide all required student documents (as indicated in the online registration) to Noddin.
Once residency is confirmed, and you live within the Union School District, you will be contacted by a member of the assessment team to begin to gather more information about your child and to explain the evaluation process. You are entitled to a response to your request for an evaluation within 15 days of providing proof that you are a resident.
If you have any questions, please contact the Early Education Assessment Team at Noddin.
Patti Brown and Jennifer Huntley, Speech Pathologists - 408.356.2126
If your child is kindergarten-eligible for the current school year based on birthdate, but not enrolled in a kindergarten program, contact your neighborhood school of residence with the above information to request a speech and language assessment.