It is the Marin County SELPA’s responsibility to assure program availability for all students with disabilities in the school-age population regardless of the disability. It is incumbent upon the SELPA to see that a continuum of programs and services are available to meet the unique needs of each student with a disability, to assist in Intra-SELPA and Inter-SELPA placements, and to provide technical assistance and administrative support for the requirements of Federal and State laws.
The SELPA is responsible for assuring the following:
- All general education resources are considered and, where appropriate, utilized on a local or regional basis to meet the needs of students with disabilities;
- A system exists at the regional level for identification, assessment, and placement of students with special needs and the implementation of programs to support them; and
- An annual compliance monitoring system is implemented, that continues to assure non-compliant items are identified continue to be rectified.
Program Managers play a critical role in both SELPA and LEA special education operations. Their responsibilities include the following:
- Providing support to local educational agencies through case management services;
- Providing or participating in staff development, program development, and innovation of special methods and approaches designed for students with special needs; and
- Facilitating meetings to assure pupils have full educational opportunities.
The SELPA responsibility is met through a network of cooperative agreements among LEAs and agencies. The SELPA Office coordinates this network and provides a focal point for the school district, student and/or family seeking information related to the provision of special education services.