By M. Earle, Contributing Writer, Mountain View School District and Staff
In keeping with the Mountain View School District theme, “Improved Student Performance through High Expectations,” the Educational Services Division is committed to providing the schools of the district with the highest quality instructional materials, staff development, and other educational resources available.
Mountain View School District’s Special Education Preschool Assessment Teams were busy last week assessing 3-year-old preschool children who reside in the District for eligibility of services or participation in the District’s blended Head Start Preschool Program.
Ensuring safety and following all Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines including social distancing, wearing face masks and face shields, sitting behind plexiglass dividers and cleaning and sanitizing toys and educational items between each appointment, the teams made up of Special Education teachers, District Nurses, Speech Pathologists, School Psychologists and an Occupational Therapist had 16 assessment appointments, four per day, scheduled throughout the week.
Prior to the in-person assessment, parents completed pre-screening health surveys over the telephone or via Zoom to reduce the time of the in-person physical meeting.
At age three children are no longer eligible to receive regional center services and the 16 children being assessed turned three during the physical school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MVSD’s assessment teams wanted to complete the assessments during the summer to ensure that once the school year begins in the fall the preschool students will have services or a program to participate in.
The Mountain View School District offers a full range of special education programs and services.
Special Education Services include such options as speech and language support, adaptive physical education, intensive needs pre-school, resource specialist support, as well as specialized classes. The majority of Mountain View students are served on our regular education campuses. The special education staff is incorporated into the total general education staff at all schools.
Although the majority of students are served within our district, there are a number of regionalized programs operated by individual districts within our SELPA. The Mountain View School District belongs to the West San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) with other individual districts, including the Los Angeles County Office of Education.