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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!!! As a department we extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students, parents/guardians and staff.


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.


We are excited this year with the services and programs that are available to our students, parents/guardians, teachers, support staff and the community.


2017 Transition Fair: Our department will be hosting a Transition Fair on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Kern Agricultural Pavilion 3300 East Belle Terrace Bakersfield, Ca. 93307. Join us to discover and network with Community Transition Agencies. This is a free public event for Individuals with Disabilities, Family Members, Teachers, Professionals and Community Members. Transition Fair Flyers can be found on the Transition Planning Section of our site.


Surrogate Parent: Our department is looking for community members who would be interested in serving as a Surrogate Parent. A Surrogate Parent is a person who is appointed to act in the interests of a student with a disability when that students parent/guardin is unable to make educational decisions. The Surrogate Parent is apart of the students Individualized Education Plan (IEP)Team and works with the school to plan the students Special Education services. If you are interested in becoming a Surrogate Parent please contact Gayle Rock at (661) 827-4529 or by email at


Central Valley Mother Lode Counselor Conference: Special Education staff attended the conference to learn about in-demand occupations by industry sector, course/programs offered at Community Colleges and tools that will help guide students into careers.


HIRE Committee: Special Education teachers participated in a meet and greet with Mayor Goh at America's Job Center. HIRE stands for Helping Incorporate Reliable Employees. The mission of the committee is to connect people with disabilities to employers.

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.

Community Advisory Committee (CAC): During the 2017-2018 school year, the committee will hold multiple meetings. 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.

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 The KHSD CAPTAIN Leadership Team will be providing staff development opportunities to teachers and support staff throughout the year. 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