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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