Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may be eligible to receive special education services. These services are based assessments and determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, which includes the student’s parents/guardians. Special education services are designed to meet the unique educational needs of students with disabilities and are provided at no cost to parents. Such services may include support, instruction and accommodations in the general education program or may be provided in other settings. To the maximum extent appropriate, student with disabilities must be educated with their nondisabled peers in the general education environment at the school they would attend if they were not disabled.
Parents of school age children who suspect their child may have a disability and who may need special education services should contact the Special Education Administrator at 760-375-1010.
Students with Disabilities Section 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Discrimination/harassment in any form toward individuals on the basis of their actual or perceived disability is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. RCS will promptly investigate any complaints of disability-based discrimination/harassment and take reasonable actions to stop future incidents of such discrimination/harassment.
Section 504 requires that students with disabilities be provided a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), a program designed to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities as adequately as the educational needs of students without disabilities. For students who are not eligible for special education services, but meet the federal definition of disabled under Section 504, a Section 504 Plan is developed which indicates the accommodations, supplementary aids and/or services that will be provided to assist the student in accessing the general education program. Parents or guardians must be notified in writing of any decisions regarding the identification, evaluation, and/or educational placement of their student and their right to participate in and/or appeal these decisions under Section 504.
We are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of the academic environment and society. RCS provides special education instruction and related services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (“IDEIA”), Education Code requirements, and applicable policies and procedures of the Kern County SELPA. These services are available for special educations students enrolled at RCS. We offer high quality educational programs and services for all our students in accordance with the assessed needs of each student. RCS collaborates with parents, the student, teachers, and other agencies, as may be indicated, in order to appropriately serve the educational needs of each student