Welcome to the San Luis Obispo County SELPA

Thank you for your interest in special education in San Luis Obispo County.


Our Mission

To facilitate growth and collaboration for the special education community by modeling child-centered thinking, honest communication and leadership with neutrality.

Attention Parents: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets out the requirements for the protection of privacy of parents and students, including privacy of student records. Generally, parents and/or students must provide written consent before an educational agency may disclose PII (personally identifiable information). However, there are exceptions to this general rule. Specifically, an educational agency must provide PII when ordered by a court, which the CDE has been ordered to do in this litigation. The CDE is obligated to inform the parent or student that the court has ordered it to produce documents and/or data that includes those individuals’ PII, and that such persons may object directly to the court regarding this disclosure. To that end, and to comply with FERPA, the CDE is requesting LEAs and SELPAs post the following link to CDE’s website http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase from February 1, 2016, through April 1, 2016. The link provides the Notice and Objection Form required by FERPA.



What is a SELPA?

The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), per state mandate, provides county wide regional coordination and leadership in special education to insure compliance with state and federal laws relating to students with disabilities. Our SELPA provides an array of services related to special education to LEAs, parents and the community.

In 1977, AB 1250 required all LEAs and county school offices to join to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all the special education service needs of children residing within their region boundaries.

All SELPAs have the same basic goals:

  • To assure that appropriate programs and services are provided to meet the needs of each child with disabilities in their SELPA.
  • To assure that a full continuum of programs is available to each individual with exceptional needs.
  • To maintain programs and services within the SELPA which will allow each individual with disabilities to achieve at a level commensurate with their ability and potential.
  • To assure that each individual with disabilities is integrated within the district curriculum and extracurricular activities as appropriate.
  • To assure the availability of due process rights for all students and their parents
  • To increase awareness of parents of individuals with exceptional needs.
  • To maintain opportunities for sharing technical resources.
    To retain public support for special education.
  • To maintain lines of communication with parents, staff, and the Community Advisory Committee.

The SELPA provides the following:

  • Program availability for all children with disabilities (Does Your Child Need Special Education Services?)
  • Curriculum/program development
  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC) support
  • Community awareness
  • Program coordination
  • Staff development
  • Procedural safeguards
  • Data collection/management
  • Fiscal management
  • Program evaluation/review
Please contact the SELPA with comments, suggestions or questions at the phone number below.

Jill Heuer
SELPA Director
(805) 782-7301