South Orange County SELPA
In 1977, all school districts and county offices of education in California were required to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope in order to provide special education services to all students residing within the region. Each region, defined as a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), were required to develop a Local Plan in alignment with the California Department of Education's Master Plan that detailed how it would provide effective special education services for children in accordance with Federal and State Law. Today there are over 120 SELPAs throughout the state with various structures including Single District SELPAs, Multi-District SELPAs, County SELPAs, and Charter SELPAs. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education's website.
The South Orange County SELPA is a Multi-District SELPA which includes Saddleback Valley and Laguna Beach Unified School Districts. The South Orange County SELPA's Local Plan is dedicated to providing coordinated special education services for all students residing within the boundaries of the SELPA which include the cities of Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and parts of Trabuco Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Aliso Viejo. The SELPA has a combined Average Daily Attendance rate of nearly 34,000 students and provides special education services for approximately 3,700 students.
SOC SELPA Department Fax: (949) 580-3414
The South Orange County SELPA actively searches for children ages 3-21 who may be in need of special education services. Any parent, family member, private school representative, or community member that may know of a child who may be in need of special education services should contact the child's school of residence or the South Orange County SELPA office at 949-580-3411. If the child is under the age of 2 year 10 months, please contact the Regional Center of Orange County at 714-796-5100.
This shall serve as notice that Special Education hard-copy records are generally only maintained for a three year to four year period. Outdated records are offered to parents prior to destruction. For those who have graduated/received certification of completion or discontinued, records are destroyed three years after date of scheduled graduation/completion. If students transfer to another district, Saddleback Valley Unified School District forwards Special Education records to the new school and does not maintain copies. Electronic data-base records may be kept beyond this time period. At the end of 2017/2018 school year, all Special Education records with graduation/completion date prior to 2014 will be destroyed.