Welcome to the West Contra Costa Unified School District
    Special Education Department  

    On April 29, 2023, the first annual Spring Soiree was held at De Anza High School for ESN high school and transition age students. 
    Everyone had a wonderful time.  Check out this fun video of the ESN Dance!

    Spring Soiree ESN Dance Video

        Spring Message from SELPA Director Sonja Neely-Johnson

    The 2023 Special Education Parent Conference was held February 11, 2023 at Vista Hills Education Center. 
    Families braved the cold and the rain to hear engaging speakers and participate in informative workshops focused on supporting learners with special needs. 
    Please visit the 2023 Special Education Parent Conference page for copies of presentations from the day.     

    Check out these fun videos from Extended School Year 2022! 
    DeAnza Extended School Year     Tara Hills Extended School Year

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year
    We are excited to be able to provide 100% in-person instruction again and are committed to your child’s safety and success.

    Please be sure that you have registered your child at his or her school of attendance.

    All district staff are required to be vaccinated and it is strongly recommended that all students and staff wear a mask while at school or work.  For social stories and videos for students, visit: WCCUSD Padlet: Staying Safe at School

    Parents and guardians must comply with the visitor protocols for each school site. Check with your school's front office.

    All student services, other than at the virtual academy, are currently in person. 

    The Virtual Independent Study option is designed for students who are able to  independently access core curriculum with appropriate accommodations or modifications. Placement in Virtual Independent Study must be an IEP team decision. The IEP team will work together to carefully review and ensure that this option is designed to meet the learning needs of the student. Factors for consideration will include a student’s instructional access, including; attendance, participation and the ability to make progress toward goals as seen with virtual instruction during the 2022/2023 school year. 

    To begin the process for this option, please fill out the brief interest survey.
    Independent Study Interest Survey

    Home and Hospital Instruction is designed for those students for whom in-person is not an option due to medical needs. Placement in Home and Hospital is through the IEP team and is monitored regularly.
    If you believe your child may require Home and Hospital Instruction, please contact your child's program specialist. 


    First Student is following current procedures which are compliant with the California Department of Public Health.  Windows will remain open to 2" for ventilation. Masks are required (unless there is a waiver in place) We have scheduled extra time at each stop to support students with this. Deep cleaning is done AM and PM after each route. Daily screening for drivers prior to route. For students it is self- screening. 

    In order to transport students to and from school in a timely manner, (scheduled routes less than one hour), First Student is contracting with RIDS Brothers Car Service. All RIDS drivers and vehicles must meet the same requirements as all First Student drivers and vehicles. RIDS vehicles will have the following decals in place. 

    If your child's transportation will be delayed by more than 15 minutes, you should expect a phone call from First Student or RIDS.   
    To contact First Student, parents may call (510)237-6677.     

    Any requests to your child’s transportation route involving new pick-up or drop-off addresses will take 5 days to change. To contact the Transportation department, call (510)307-4645 or email Patricia Alberto at Patricia.alberto@wccusd.net


     New For 2022/2023 -

     -WCCUSD Covid/Physical Safety Overview:   

     -Transportation: - for students with transportation listed as a service in their current IEP

         Parent mileage reimbursement  
         AC Transit Passes 
         Bussing via First Student 

    - Request for Special Education Records:
    - Request for Special Education Evaluation / Assessment - your school site psychologist or administrator:
    - For additional needs, please contact:
    • Steve Collins - Associate Superintendent of Student Services - Retired



    Parental Rights:

    Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards - Spanish

    Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards - English


    Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services Plan

    Local Plan:

    Annual Budget Plan 2019-20 School Year

    Annual Service Plan 2019-20 School Year


    Community Information Section:

    Medi-Cal Collaborative


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  • Special Education
    3000 Parker Road
    Richmond, CA  94806
    Office: (510) 307-4630
    Fax: (510) 724-8829

    Division Head: Sonja Neely-Johnson
    SELPA Director, Special Education


    Meuy Saechao
    Senior Administrative Assistant
    For Secondary Special Education,
    please call: 
    For Elementary Special Education,
    please call: 
    For Special Ed. Records,
    please contact: 
    Jennifer Manalang
    Special Education Records Clerk

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