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Welcome to the Department of Student Services!
Our department oversees the placement and programming of students ages 3-21 in the district who are eligible to receive special education services. The Long Beach School District is dedicated in providing a quality education for all students with
disabilities through a continuum of services. It is our mission to ensure that students with disabilities are educated with their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent possible. We believe that all children can learn, even those with the most severe disabilities.
Preschool speech/language and special education services are provided in a variety of locations, including Head Start, local preschools, and in our department.


Thank you for visiting our webpage! Please feel free to contact us at 864-8085 if you have any questions about our department!


DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT SERVICES STAFF

Susan Molesworth, Director

Cheryl Wescovich, Administrative Assistant

Kathleen Hodgins, District Child Find Coordinator/Case Manager

Heather Yenawine, Positive Behavior Specialist/Psychometrist

Deborah Marshall, Visually Impaired Teacher/Psychometrist

Amy Champagne, Preschool Case Manager/Speech Language Pathologist

Margaret Nielsen, Preschool Teacher
SECTION 504/Americans With Disabilities Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against any person with a disability in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. Under Section 504, a person with a disability is anyone who:
1. has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, and caring for one's self.
2. has a record of such impairment; or
3. is regarded as having such an impairment.

Under Section 504, the District has the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the student is determined to be eligible, afford access to appropriate educational services.

If the District has reason to believe that a student may be eligible under Section 504 as a result of a disability that is impacting the student's education, and that the student may be in need of special accommodations or related services in the regular education setting in order to participate in the school program, the District must first follow its procedures for a comprehensive evaluation under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), including the requirement to implement the Three Tier Intervention Process. If the student is found ineligible for IDEA, then the student shall be considered for Section 504.
DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS
After graduation or after reaching the age of 21 years, the Long Beach School District Student Services Department will keep your child’s records on file for five (5) years in the Central Office. These records will consist of the most current evaluation report and IEP. If by September 1st of the 5th year you have not requested files, they will be destroyed.
You may need these records in the future to assist with application requirements for social security or other benefit programs. You, as a parent, may receive a copy of the education record (or a portion of the record) for a fee at any time. You are encouraged to exercise the right to inspect and review the records to determine if a copy of any information is needed.
34 Code of Federal Regulations {CFR} 300.624 Destruction of information.
{a} The public agency {school district} shall inform parents when personally identifiable information collected, maintained or used under this part is no longer needed to provide educational services to the child.
{b} The information must be destroyed at the request of the parents. However, a permanent record of a student’s name, address, and phone number, his or her grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed may be maintained without time limits.