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Special Education

Welcome to the Special Education Department. As a single district Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), the Kern High School District is responsible for ensuring high quality special education programs and services at our 18 comprehensive high schools and numerous special education centers to promote the educational success of students with disabilities. We are committed to excellence and believe that all students can learn and become responsible members of our community.

2017 has been a very productive year!  Highlighted below are just a few of the services and programs available to our students, parents, teachers and the community. Along with these exciting programs the special education department has expanded and upgraded facilities to meet the changing needs of our students.

Lozano Smith Staff Training: Attorneys Marcy Gutierrez and Amanda Ruiz over a two day period presented on IEP's, Goal Writing and Transition Planning to 80 Special Education Staff.

Parent Information Night: On March 15, 2017 and March 21, 2017, KHSD Special Education Department hosted Parent Information Nights for parents of incoming freshmen who receive Special Education and related services. The purpose of the meetings were to  welcome parents and students along with an overview of Special Education services. Parents were provided the opportunity to meet and ask questions regarding IEP’s, services, programs and transition. We expect over 1,000 freshmen to enroll in KHSD Special Education programs for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parent/Student Transition Planning Workshop: On March 29, 2017, the KHSD Special Education Department partnered with Fresno's EPU Children’s Center. The format included activities for both students and parents. The workshops provided information and strategies to assist with students' Transition to Adulthood along with discussions on the transfer of educational/legal rights to students at the Age of Majority (18). Click here to visit the Transition Planning web page.

Community Advisory Committee (CAC): During the 2016-2017 school year, the committee held four meetings, with an additional meeting planned for May 2017. Topics of discussion have included The SELPA Local Plan, Transition Fair, Parent Handbook, Special Education Rights at the Age of Majority. Future meetings may include additional parent education along with various resources available to parents and students. The Community Advisory Committee answers questions and addresses concerns related to the needs of our students. Click here to visit the Community Advisory web page.

Career Centers Community Advisory Luncheon: In April 2017, the Schuetz Career Center (SCC) hosted a luncheon with community and industry partners. The luncheon provided SCC teachers an opportunity to meet with community and industry partners to present current programs and maintain ongoing partnerships. An additional luncheon is planned for May 2017 at the Ruggenburg Career Center (RCC).  For more information on the Special Education Career Centers, click here.

CAPTAIN: CAPTAIN is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of Evidence Based Practices for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder across the state. On April 5, 2017 KHSD Special Education Department presented at the Kern CAPTAIN Conference held at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office. For additional information on CAPTAIN click here

New Teacher Trainings: All first and second year teachers are provided with instruction related to Special Education and the Kern High School District. Topics include case management, writing IEPs, understanding assessments and their relationship to student needs, developing transition plans that will best serve our student population, behavior intervention, and TETRIS training which connects student behavior to mental health issues.

Professional Assault Crisis Training (ProACT): Throughout the year, Special Education certificated and classified staff participate in Pro-ACT Training. The purpose of the training is to help staff critically assess a crisis situation and determine the safest response.

WorkAbilityI (WAI): The WAI team, in collaboration with multiple community business partners, provided 235 students paid employment training experiences during the 2016-2017 school year. The mission of WAI is to promote involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies. The purpose of WAI is to plan and implement an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to competitive integrated employment, lifelong learning and improved quality of life.


Special Education District Office

5801 Sundale Ave.

Bakersfield, CA 93309

Phone: (661) 827-4529

Fax: (661) 827-3303