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 Parent Support

SELPA Parent Support


Special education is a complex and ever-changing system of principles, practices, relevant laws and policies. Understanding special education processes and working with your school can be complex. Whether you have a question about special education or need support in working with your school, we are here to help you.

The Placer County SELPA strives to provide parents with relevant resources that may help navigate the special education process.​

 Community Advisory Committee (CAC)


​The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) serves the SELPA and the Responsible Local Agency (RLA) in an advisory capacity. The CAC shall consist of members appointed by the Local Agency governing boards, including the Placer County Superintendent of Schools. Parents comprise a majority of the membership of the Placer County SELPA CAC and of these members, the majority must be parents of children with disabilities.

The CAC holds five business meetings annually to address topics of interest to families of children with disabilities and gather information to advise our SELPA.


  • Build communication between schools, parents and related agencies.

  • Encourage community and parental involvement in the development, review, and implementation of the Local Plan.

  • Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.

  • Provide families with an opportunity to share resources a​​nd support.

 CAC Meeting Schedule

​Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Location: Seavey Center, 655 Menlo Drive, Rocklin
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. CAC Regular Business Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Special Topic Presentation - How to Help Support Collaborative IEP Meetings

​Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Location: Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District, 8849 Cook Riolo Road, Roseville
9:30 a.m. - 10: 30 a.m. CAC Regular Business Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Topic - Wondering How to Handle Your Child's Escalating Behavior 

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Location: Eureka Union School District, 5455 Eureka Road, Granite Bay
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. CAC Regular Business Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Topic: Birds & Bees: Sexuality and Students with Disabilities 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Location: Horizon Charter School, 2800 Nicolaus Road #100, Lincoln
9:30 - 11:00 CAC Regular Business Meeting
10:30 - 11:30 Topic: Come Learn About Low and High Tech Assistive Supports

Wednesday, May 12, 2023

Location: PCOE, Granite Room, 360 Nevada Street, Auburn
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CAC Regular Business Meeting​
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For CAC Representatives: Joint SEAC and CAC End of Year Luncheon​

 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provides parents and school districts an alternative means of resolving disagreements and disputes that may arise. We have had a very strong success rate of preventing conflicts from going to fair hearing at the state level. The intent of this program is to maintain positive relationships between the student’s family and the school as well as to save money for both parties.

ADR allows the parties in conflict to control and shape their own agreement.

Collaborative working relationships between parents and district personnel is not only maintained, but often improved.​

The Placer County SELPA ADR program includes:

  • Training for parents and educators ineffective communication and collaboration skills
  • Providing a 3rd Party Neutral Program Specialist for parents to contact and receive individual support
  • Facilitating IEP meetings
  • Assisting in Resolution Session meetings prior to a due process hearing
  • Conducting informal mediation sessions​

 Child Find

​Child Find is an ongoing process through which all children who may be eligible for early intervention or who may be in need of special education services are identified, located and evaluated. Each school district is responsible for actively locating, identifying and evaluating all children who live within the district boundaries who may qualify to receive special education and/or related services.

The Placer County SELPA has developed outreach materials for distribution to our local community agencies that work with children and families. These materials are intended to be provided to families to assist them in connecting with their local school district.

To sign up to receive Child Find outreach materials annually, update agency contact information for Annual Child Find notification, or request additional printed flyers, please email Melanie Purdy.


What does a SELPA do?​

The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is a state-mandated association which oversees and facilitates education services for students with disabilities. The SELPA office for Placer County is located at the Placer County Office of Education and its operations are cooperatively governed by the Placer County Superintendent of Schools and member district superintendents. SELPA's role is to ensure that the specialized educational needs of each disabled student in the county are appropriately met. To fulfill this purpose, SELPA oversees the allocation of over $40 million annually distributed to local education agencies for special education. SELPA also offers an array of trainings and dispute resolution services for the county.​

How do I register for a SELPA training?​

Visit GoSignMeUp​. Log in using your username and password. If you do not have an account, click on “Create Account" on the top right. On the home page, you can search for the desired course. Once you find the course you are looking for, click “add to cart". You can continue adding courses or you can complete your registration by clicking on the cart icon. Click “Checkout" to continue the registration process. Once the method of payment is selected, you can place your order. You will be taken to the confirmation page where you can print a copy for your records. You will also get a confirmation email sent to you.  ​

How do I resolve a complaint with my child's special education services?

If you are experiencing a problem with your child's special education program, there is a specific procedure that you should follow to get your complaint resolved. If your complaint involves an individual teacher or other member of the school staff, it is suggested that you contact him/her directly to discuss your concerns and try to resolve the problem informally. If this fails, contact the principal or vice principal of the school. If this also produces unsatisfactory results or you are uncertain how to proceed, contact the district office for assistance. If you are unable to resolve the dispute, you may contact the Placer County SELPA's Alternative Dispute Resolution team to provide facilitated support as a neutral third party. This resource is available to resolve disagreements between schools and the families of all children in special education in Placer County. Each district has a SELPA Program specialist assigned to support ADR activities. To find contact information for your district, click here. ​​If you would like contact information for a particular district, please see our district directory.

What is ADR and how do I access it?

The ADR program​ is a method of problem resolution that involves getting the two disputing parties (family and school) to talk through a conflict to reach a mutually agreeable solution. A parent or district can access any of the ADR components by calling the assigned SELPA Program Specialist. The program components include: phone consultation and conflict assessment by the Program Specialist, IEP attendance as a neutral third party, IEP facilitation and informal mediation. All information remains confidential unless permission is given to share it.​ See the Program Specialist Assignments document​ for more information.​

Where do I get my student's records?

Contact the school your child is attending to access educational records. If you have a child attending a regionalized PCOE special education program you may contact the special education director of the district you reside in or the PCOE program administrator for that classroom. ​​​​​​

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     Event Spotlight

    CAC Parent Con​ference

    Thursday, May 11, 2023

    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Rocklin Event Center

    2650 Sunset Blvd.

    Rocklin, CA 95644

    Cost $25.00

    ​Click here to register!​

    CAC invites you to a special event for parents of children with disabilities.

    The day will be filled with special presentations, make'n'take activities, local resources vendors, door prizes, buffet lunch and more!

    Keynote and sessions with David P. Dowling, JD, MDR.



    "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world"​

    ​-Malala Yousafzai