The Phoenix Union High School District is committed to providing  eligible students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws.   Special Ed support and services are provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was signed into law in 1997. Legislation was signed in November 2004 reauthorizing it as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

Parent Survey – Parent Involvement

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) requires school districts to administer the Parent Involvement Survey every year to parents with a child receiving special education services.  The data collected from the parent surveys will assist the District in identifying our strengths and needs in order to facilitate parent involvement as a way to improve services and outcomes for children with disabilities.


To access the survey use the links below.  The Phoenix Union High School District/LEA code is 4286.  If you have any problems accessing the survey online, you can contact Beth Viquesney at or 602.764.1320, or 1.844.381.4324. 


Thank you for completing the Parent Involvement Survey. Your opinion matters!


Child Find Notice

 Phoenix Union High School District is required by federal and state law (34 CFR 300.220.34 CFR 300.121) to conduct an annual “Child Find” effort as a means to locate, identify, and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. The purpose of Child Find is to locate these children so that a free appropriate public education can be made available. Upon request, PUHSD will screen any resident child who has not graduated from high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. The information from the screening is used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When the school staff reasonably believes a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by the school’s Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Team (MET).  

Eligible students are entitled to a free and appropriate education, including specially designed individualized instruction for disabled students between the ages of 3 and 21. This law applies to EVERY eligible child, regardless of the severity of the disability and assures confidentiality procedures are followed. 

If you suspect that your child has a disability (emotional, mental or physical) and does not receive Special Education services, contact the special education department at your local Phoenix Union High School or by writing to Vicki Heard, Director of Special Education, at 4502 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ., 85012.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the local PUHSD high school in which the child resides.
Phoenix Union High School District maintains pupil records, including information from screening and special education referral. All records directly related to a student and maintained by the school district are pupil records. They include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available to only persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.


Procedural Safeguards:

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and U.S. Department of Education regulations.  Below is a copy of those rights:


Garantías Procesales:
La Ley de Discapacidades (IDEA), la ley federal relativa a la educación de los estudiantes con discapacidad, con requieren las escuelas para proporcionar a los padres de un niño con una discapacidad con un aviso que contiene una explicación completa de las garantías procesales disponibles bajo la IDEA y el Departamento de Estados Unidos de las regulaciones de la Educación. A continuación se muestra una copia de esos derechos:

 Procedural Safeguards Spanish



PUHSD District Office Staff
Exceptional Student Services

 Wendy Collison


Amy Steinbugl

Exceptional Student Services Manager 



Lauren Tauscher

Exceptional Student Services Manager



Carmen Salguero

Administrative Specialist




Antionette Speer

Senior Administrative Assistant



Erika Rodriguez

Records Retrieval Clerk



Rebecca Reimers

Content Specialist



Beth Viquesney

ESS Small Schools and Technology



Anita Massey

ESS Records and Research Technician



Maria Peralta
ESS Data Tech

Theresa Tarp

MIPS Specialist
Rachelle Wooley
ESS Registrar Alternate Programs

Claudia Summers

Lead Psychologist