Special Education Services

  • All programs are now open. 

    Dear SMMUSD Families:

    Below is our reopening plan for special education classes. 

    We will continue to offer Distance Learning for all those who wish to remain at home. Each program’s hours and days of service may vary based on student need. If you have a student who will be returning to campus, your child’s teacher will provide you with the schedule to follow.

    Estimadas familias de SMMUSD:

    A continuación, se encuentra el plan del regreso al campus para classes de educación especial.

    Continuaremos ofreciendo Aprendizaje a Distancia para todos aquellos que deseen permanecer en casa. Las horas y los días de servicio de cada programa pueden variar según las necesidades de los estudiantes. Si usted tiene un estudiante que regresará al campus, el maestro de su hijo le proporcionará el horario a seguir. 




    Projected Start Date








    Special Education Preschool


    Lincoln Child Development Center (Brittany Hall) McKinley Preschool (Rachel Land & Nancy Murphy)

    Muir Preschool (Laura Collin)


    On 11/18 & 11/19 teachers met individually with each student and parent to show them the room.

    Classes began on 11/23

    Mondays- Wednesdays


    Thursdays and Fridays will be on line for all students.




    Adult Transition



    Santa Monica High School (Susan Beech)

    Opened 11/19/20

    In person students will attend Tuesday and Thursday

    9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Thursdays and Fridays on-line


    Webster Hub

    Webster Elementary


    Review #1 District Staff & Union will review before next phase opens




    Social Skills

    Grant Elementary

    (Brittany Adams-Hoffman & Danielle Royer)


    Danielle Royer's students- Monday & Wednesday

    (8:30 -11:45 a.m.)

    Brittany Adams-Hoffman's students Tuesday and Thursdays

    (8:30 -11:45 a.m.)

    Days not in person will be on-line

    Review #2 District Staff & Union will review before next phase opens






    Social Skills


    Franklin Elementary School (Gary Noguera)

    February 1, 2021 Mondays and Wednesdays (8:30-11:30)

    Tuesday and Thursday (8:30-11:30)

    Students will either attend Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thurs

    Days not in person will be on-line




    SAI – Intensive

    Malibu Elementary/Middle/High Life Skills



    Malibu Middle/High program

    Muir Elementary School (Elda Platon- Cruz & Kristina Milne)

    Malibu Elementary

    (Cari McCollum)



    Malibu High

    (Kim Costalupes)

    Opening Week of February 1. 

    Intensive (Milne) Monday & Tuesday 9:30-12:00

    Intensive (Platon-Cruz) Wednesday & Thursday 8:30-11:30

    Malibu Life Skills (McCollum) Tuesdays & Thursdays (9:00-12:00)

    Days not in person will be on-line.

    Opens Feb. 8 at Malibu High (Costalupes)- Monday-Friday


    Review #3 District Staff & Union will review before next phase opens














    SAI – Life Skills


    McKinley Elementary (Skye Wasler & Keylee Cubillas)


     Lincoln Middle School (Esther Anderson, Michelle Yaghoubian and/or Melissa Mendez)

     Santa Monica High (Donald Hyon & Kiley Krutzler)


    Individual sessions for students on Mondays & Wednesdays beginning February 22, 2021. 


     Lifeskills program will be individualized.



    Wednesdays starting February 24, 2021. 










    SAI – PBS (STEP-E)

    Roosevelt Elementary (Billy Thomas &/or Michele Boskin)


    John Adams Middle School (Tim Clarke)


    Santa Monica High School (George Mickeloupoulos & Henry David Gonzalez)

    Students would like to continue in Distance Learning. 


    Feb. 17 start date. 

    3–5 days after Review of phase #3 May be individually sessions.

    Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm beginning February 25, 2021.

    Review #4 District Staff & Union will review before next phase opens





    Off Campus Learning

    Center            (Nicole McCabe)

    March 9, 2021



    Structured Therapeutic

    Education Program -I (STEP)

    SMASH            (Jennifer Gardner)


    Malibu High School

    (Craig Chavez)


    March 2 start date. Tuesday/Thursdays 1pm-3pm


    Malibu- students taking part in Malibu SAI/504 class

    *Subject to Change                                              *Sujeto a cambios 

     Parent Letters explaining reopening.

     Letter in English                                    Letter in Spanish

    Special Education Resources               Specialized Academic Instruction

    Parent Information                          > Arranged by class

    Parent Resource Network:

    Would you like to sign up as a member of our Parent Resource Network (PRN), please complete the form below.

    PRN Letter


    Child Find:

    Child find activities are the responsibility of each district and occur prior to a referral for special education services. These activities are designed to locate individuals, birth through 21 years of age, including children not enrolled in public school programs as well as children who are homeless or wards of the state and reside in the district and may be eligible for and in need of special education and/or related services. Child find activities also foster awareness and understanding on the part of educators, parents and other community members of the referral procedures for special education, the eligibility criteria, and the continuum of special education programs and services available. Child find activities inform educators, community agencies, and parents/guardians of their right to refer their child for a special education assessment to determine eligibility and the need for special education services. (E.C. § 56300 and 56301)
    Read the Child Find flyer

    Core Values:

    Our values are motivated by our beliefs in each individual with a disability.

    The range of human diversity is embraced and the rights of all equity and access are guaranteed. Individuals will be educated in general education or natural environment to the maximum extent possible. Each individual will have options and be prepared to make choices.


    • All students unique instructional needs will be accurately identified.
    • All students will be served or taught by fully qualified personnel.
    • All students with disabilities will be successfully integrated with non-disabled peers throughout their educational experience.
    • All students with disabilities will meet high standards for academic and non-academic skills.
    • All students with disabilities will successfully participate in preparation for the workplace and independent living.

    Special Education Coordinators

    If you have questions that your school site cannot answer, you may schedule an appointment to meet/speak with the appropriate Special Education Coordinator:

    • Elementary Schools - Francis Costanzo, 310-450-8338 x70378
    • JAMS, Lincoln, SMASH, Malibu Middle and High - Joseph Garcia, 310-450-8338 x70227
    • Preschool, Private Schools, NPS, RTC- Victoria Hurst, 310-450-8338 x70295
    • Santa Monica HS, Olympic and Off-Campus Learning Center, PPBL- Hilda Salas, 310-450-8338 x70225

    Resources for Parents

    Click the links below to access these useful guides created for parents of special education students.

    December 2019  l  Español
    October 2019  l  Español

    Parent Guidelines for Help - Who You Gonna Call?
    Help & Answers

    Ayuda y Respuestas

    Parent Resource Network Brochure
    Click here to read the PRN Brochure

    Parents’ Rights and Procedural Safeguards

    Private School FAQ Brochure
    Read the brochure

    Transition Information
    Transition Handbook English
    Transition Handbook Spanish
    Transitions Tip Sheet
    Transitions Presentation Flow Map

  • COVID-19 FAQs

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  • How will SMMUSD support special education students during Fall 2020?

  • What is Senate Bill 98 (SB-98)?

  • What does SB-98 require for all students?

  • What is an Emergency Learning Plan?

  • Is my Distance Learning Plan from Spring 2020 the same as the new Emergency Learning Plan?

  • What has to be included in the Emergency Learning Plan (ELP)?

  • During Distance Learning, will students be mainstreamed/included into general education classes?