Santa Clarita Valley SELPA

About the SCV SELPA

What is a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)?

In 1977, California required all school districts and county school offices to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education services 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.

Today there are approximately 120 SELPAs in the state, ranging in size from those serving fewer than 1,000 students to those serving more than 100,000 students.

Each SELPA must have an Administrative Unit that is the legal entity that receives funds and is responsible for seeing that those funds are expended appropriately for special education services. In the Santa Clarita Valley SELPA, Saugus Union School District is the Administrative Unit. Saugus USD employs the SELPA staff and houses the SELPA Office.

The SELPA policy-making body is designated in the Local Plan and makes policy decisions, approves the SELPA budget and contracts, establishes guidelines and policy, and provides staff development programs.

Even though there are many organizational structures for a SELPA, all SELPAs have the same basic goal: to deliver high quality special education programs and services to the students with disabilities in the most effective manner practicable.

The Santa Clarita Valley SELPA currently serves approximately 6100 students with disabilities in a broad range of settings. Students with disabilities are eligible to receive services from birth to age 22. Services are determined by an IEP team based upon the assessed educational needs of the student.