Welcome to PUHSD Special Education Page

  • 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.
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    PUHSD District Office Staff
    Exceptional Student Services
    Exceptional Student Services Director:  Vicki Heard
    Administrative Assistant: Carmen Salguero 
    Senior Office Assistant: Margarita Valdez   
    Exceptional Student Services  Records Retrieval  Clerk:  Erika Rodriguez
    Exceptional Student Services  Content Specialist: Kelly Cook
    Child Find Poster

    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.
    AZ Find Brochure (English)  AZ Find Brochure (Spanish)

    Annual Parental Notification  of Medicaid Direct Service Claiming (DSC)
    Phoenix Union High School District receives funding from the Medicaid Direct Service Claiming (DSC) program for IEP covered services to eligible children through the State’s Medicaid agency. This is a state-approved program that allows the School District to receive reimbursement from federal funds for providing some health-related covered services to eligible children in our school system. Examples of covered services include speech therapy, assistance with daily living skills, special education transportation and nursing services.

    Phoenix Union High School District, working with the State Medicaid agency, will need to determine if my child is eligible or should become eligible in the school-based Medicaid program. The District may use Medicaid benefits in which a child participates to provide or pay for services documented in the Individualized Education Program (IEP.) Parents are not required to sign up for or enroll in Medicaid to receive IEP services or a free appropriate public education, nor are they responsible for any out of pocket expenses for these IEP services. Also, the School District’s access to these benefits is not allowed if it would have a negative impact on the child’s or parent’s public insurance.

    Phoenix Union High School District will provide the required services to my child at no cost to me whether or not I grant my written consent. My consent is voluntary and may be revoked at any time. The school’s use of this reimbursement program does not in any way affect or impact other Medicaid benefits to which my child is entitled, including any otherwise eligible services outside of school.

    If my child is determined to be eligible, the school district may submit a claim to my child’s private insurance company for the sole purpose of determining whether or not any of the school based health related services being provided as proscribed in the IEP are covered. If the insurance carrier denies the claim, I understand that the school district will be able to seek reimbursement through Medicaid.
    If any questions, contact Vicki Heard, SPED Director, at 602-764-1025
    Annual Parental Notification of Medicaid Direct Service Claiming (DSC) (Spanish)

    Distrito Escolar Phoenix Union recibe fondos del Servicio Directo Medicaid de Venta (DSC) programa IEP servicios cubiertos a los niños elegibles a través de la agencia de Medicaid del Estado. Este es un programa aprobado por el estado que le permite al distrito escolar para recibir el reembolso de los fondos federales para proporcionar algunos servicios cubiertos relacionados con la salud de los niños elegibles en nuestro sistema escolar. Algunos ejemplos de servicios cubiertos incluyen terapia del habla, asistencia con habilidades de la vida diaria, transporte de educación especial y los servicios de enfermería.

    Distrito Phoenix Union High School, en colaboración con la agencia estatal de Medicaid, tendrá que determinar si mi hijo es elegible o debería ser elegibles en el programa de Medicaid basado en la escuela. El Distrito puede usar los beneficios de Medicaid en la que un niño participa de proveer o pagar por los servicios documentados en el Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP.) Los padres no están obligados a inscribirse o inscribirse en Medicaid para recibir servicios del IEP o una educación pública gratuita y apropiada, ni son responsables de cualquier bolsillo los gastos por estos servicios del IEP. También, el acceso del Distrito Escolar de estos beneficios no es permitido si tendría un impacto negativo en el niño o el seguro público de los padres.

    Distrito Escolar Phoenix Union proporcionará los servicios necesarios para mi hijo sin costo alguno para mí si yo doy mi consentimiento escrito. Mi consentimiento es voluntario y puede ser revocado en cualquier momento. El uso de la escuela de este programa de reembolso no afecta en modo alguno ni golpee otros beneficios de Medicaid a la que mi hijo tiene derecho, incluyendo cualquier servicio de otra manera elegibles fuera de la escuela.

    Si mi hijo se determina que es elegible, el distrito escolar puede presentar una reclamación a la compañía de seguros privada de mi hijo con el único propósito de determinar si alguno de los servicios de salud basados ​​en la escuela que se prestan como proscrito en el IEP están cubiertos. Si la compañía de seguros niega la reclamación, entiendo que el distrito escolar podrá solicitar el reembolso a través de Medicaid.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Vicki Heard, director SPED, en 602-764-1025.