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Special Education Rights of Parents and Children

Sacramento County SELPA Superintendents’ Council Meeting

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June 5, 2020

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

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Special Educational Student Files:

The River Delta Unified School District, in accordance with state and federal law (5 CCR § 432 (b) (2), will maintain mandatory interim pupil records for 5 years.  These records will be destroyed during the fifth school year after the student leaves the school district or when the records’ usefulness ceases. (5 CCR § 437 (c).  This includes students who graduate, age out, exit, or do not qualify for special education.

Special Education Rights of Parents and Children

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, and the

California Education Code

Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Revised October 2016

English / Spanish


April 1, 2020

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RE:     Prior Written Notice re School/District Closure to Prevent/Contain the Spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of a Student with a Disability:

This letter is to provide you prior written notice by the River Delta Unified School District (“District”), pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), regarding the closure of your student’s school, which began on March 16, 2020, and the District’s proposal to attempt to continue educating students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This letter follows the District’s March 13, 2020, announcement of District school closures.  Additional community updates are available on the District’s website at

As you are aware, the District determined that it was necessary to close its schools to prevent/contain the spread of COVID-19, in consultation with and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), California Department of Education (“CDE”), California Department of Public Health, Sacramento County Office of Education, and Sacramento County Department of Public Health.

At this time, District schools will remain closed from March 16, 2020 – April 3, 2020, during which time no students will receive instruction.  The District will remain closed during its previously scheduled Spring Break of April 6-13, 2020.  Your student’s Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) or Section 504 plan is suspended while schools are closed and instruction is not provided.

During this period of closure, the District is working to provide educational opportunities and continued learning for its students.  To that end, the District is endeavoring to begin providing distance learning beginning Monday, April 20, 2020.  In doing so, the District has begun outreach to determine those families that may require technology and/or support to access distance learning.  The District will also be taking steps to ensure your student has access to their special education and/or Section 504 supports and services, to the greatest extent possible, in order to ensure they can access their distance learning plan and benefit from the educational program options to the same

Case Managers will consult with your child's teachers to ensure that distance learning Modalities are aligned with students' IEP goals and the appropriate instructional accommodations are provided to enable all students to access distance learning. The District is currently exploring options for providing special education and related services, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, counseling and/or mental health services via video and/or teleconference. Case managers may provide scheduled consultation to parents for supporting instruction and educational activities expected to be completed at home. Please contact your child’s case manager if you would like to discuss your child’s needs or your concerns.  As we finalize our plans for distance learning, we will provide updates regarding plans to convene virtual IEP meetings as well as in-person IEP meetings once the District re-opens.

We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented emergency situation.  The District is working hard with competing interests of continuing learning while preventing spread of the pandemic.  Please understand that this is an unprecedented situation, and we are working through it the very best we can for your student with the following three things at the forefront of our minds:

  • Equity
  • Access
  • Innovation

If your child experiences difficulty with access while school sites are closed and the District attempts distance learning options, please contact the following depending on the issue:

  • If your student is struggling with technology please contact the District Office;
  • If your student is struggling with curriculum or instruction please contact their classroom teacher and case manager;
  • If your student is struggling with unique personal/family circumstances (illness, attendance/participation, resources to access online instruction, etc.) please contact school site administration;
  • If your student is struggling as related to their identified disabling condition, please contact their case manager to request that we convene a virtual IEP meeting or Section 504 meeting (as appropriate) to further discuss their needs and your concerns.

 In making its determination, the District reviewed and considered the following:

  • Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”);
  • Recommendations from the California Department of Education (“CDE”);
  • Recommendations from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”);
  • Recommendations from the Sacramento County Office of Education;
  • Recommendations from state and local government officials, including departments of public health; and
  • All other relevant information available to the District, 

Copies of parental rights and procedural safeguards are attached and on the District website, to advise of your parental rights.  Please contact me with questions about this letter, and you are also free to contact any agency listed in your notice of rights.  We will apprise you with any changes in guidance that the District receives on the provision of special education and related services for students with disabilities.  District administration, including myself, is doing our very best respond in a timely manner.  Your patience with this is greatly appreciated in this evolving emergency.


Nicole Latimer

Director of Educational and Special Education Services

River Delta Unified School District

445 Montezuma Street

Rio Vista Ca 94571-1651


If you have any question please contact Ed. Services: (707) 374-1729

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