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Special Education

The Hanford Elementary School District (HESD) provides a wide range of services and programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities who are eligible for Special Education services.  Most of these services can be provided for by qualified students at local schools in collaboration with general education programs.  However, some services and programs are only available at specified schools throughout the District and may require enrollment at a designated site.
Parents who suspect that their child may be in need of special education services should confer with their child’s teacher regarding their concerns and request a referral to a Student Study Team (SST).  If the child continues to exhibit difficulties after exhausting program accommodations and modifications in the regular education program, parents may request an assessment to determine eligibility for special education services. 
Qualified staff will conduct an assessment.  An Individualized Educational Planning team-including the parents-will meet to review the assessment information, determine eligibility, establish the service that is needed and develop appropriate educational goals and objectives.  The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is reviewed at least annually

Records Request

Special Education and 504 plan records can be requested through the Hanford Elementary Special Education Department in person, or by completing the form request below.  All other educational records can be requested through the school site.

  • Please allow up to 5 business days to process your request
  • Records can be requested by a legal parent/guardian, or non-conserved students who are 18 years of age or older.  If the student is over 18 years of age, we require the student's consent prior to the release of records.
  • A photo ID must be presented for release of records.

Destruction of Records

Pursuant to sections 300.624 and 303.416 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Hanford Elementary School District hereby provides notification of the intent to destroy special education student records.  Every June, Hanford Elementary destroys special education records that are no longer useful to the district.  These special education records are educational records of students who have promoted from the District, exited from special education, or not attended school in the District five (5) years prior to the date of destruction.

Prior to this destruction, you may want to request a copy of your educational records, or as a conservator, the educational records of a conserved person, for future employment, education, insurance, or public benefits purposes. A written request for a copy of special education records can be made at the Office of Special Services which is located at 714 N. White Street in Hanford, CA 93230 before June.  You can direct your questions to the Office of Special Services at  (559) 585-3617.