Some children have a mental, physical or emotional disability that makes it difficult for them to learn in the traditional public school settings offered in their communities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that holds school districts legally responsible for providing special education programs to ensure that these children are given an opportunity to access the free and appropriate public education they are entitled to by law. Special education programs known as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) include a wide range of accommodations to meet the child's needs, from timed tests to a one-on-one aide to special schools.


Resources to assist families with students who have special needs are made available through the San Mateo County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

Anjanette Pelletier

Associate Superintendent, SELPA


Phone: (650) 802-5465

Sarah Notch

Administrator, Special Education


Phone: (650) 802-5629