Exceptional Student Services Parent Council (ESSPC)
The Kyrene School District believes that one of the most important aspects of the special education process is the role played by parents. Parents are critical participants in the education and long term success of their child.
The ESSPC was assembled to facilitate communication between Kyrene's parent community of students who receive special education services and Kyrene's ESS leadership and staff.
- Increase awareness among parents about their rights and the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Enhance communication and collaboration between families, community partners, and the Kyrene schools/district
- Strengthen advocacy for special education needs in the community
Traveling the Special Education Highway:
A guide to understanding Arizona's Procedural Safeguards Notice
Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services Department:
ESS ensures that public education agencies in Arizona have special education programs, policies, and procedures that comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, and that eligible children and youth with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). ESS provides professional learning opportunities, provides technical assistance to schools, supports the needs of families of students with disabilities, monitors schools for compliance with the regulations that implement the IDEA.
Raising Special Kids:
Arizona's Parent Training and Information Center
Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities:
DDD empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to lead self-directed, healthy, and meaningful lives. DDD provides supports and services to individuals with qualifying developmental disabilities.
Arizona Early Intervention Program:
AzEIP is Arizona's statewide interagency system of services and supports for families of infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or delays.
Understanding Special Education:
Arizona Department of Education documents explaining acronyms, key definitions, special education process flow chart, and many more.
2021-22 Parent Representatives
Priscilla Chand Jennifer Jarvis Nancy Kiernan Pereschuk Devesh Sinha Christopher Smith Elizabeth Steinbach Meagan Sullivan Lan Thomas DeLaura Thompson Paige Wells