Special Education Support Personnel
Oceanside Unified School District’s team of Speech and Language Specialists hold appropriate credentials with specialization in language, speech, and hearing. They accept and initiate referrals and assessments. They provide specialized instruction and services for individuals in pre-school (age 3) through high school. They monitor student progress on a regular basis, provide information for Individualized Education Program reviews, provide consultative services to pupils, parents, teachers, or other school personnel, provide direct speech and language therapy, and coordinate those services with an individual’s regular and special education program.
The school nurse is a registered nurse with a public health certificate. Additionally, she or he is credentialed in health services by the Teacher's Commission on credentialing. Functions of the school nurse include but are not limited to state mandated hearing and vision screening and scoliosis screening. School nurses supervise unlicensed personnel in the health office in medication administration, first aid and specialized procedures. Generally, school nurses work at several school sites so they must respond to emergencies by phone. The nurse is a member of the special education team where she serves as a consultant . The school nurse also assists families and students by offering counseling and referrals to physicians, mental health workers, dentists as well as other public agencies. The school nurse is the only staff member on campus who is educated in health care and is often the first contact for children with health problems.
Special Education Preschool
The Oceanside Unified School District provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities between the ages of 3 to 5. These services range from speech therapy only to early childhood special day classes, depending upon each child’s unique needs.
Our preschool classroom programs are located at four of our elementary school sites, and students attend the school closest to their home to the greatest extent possible. Services for students who receive speech therapy only are located at three other elementary schools.
The special day class teachers believe in a play based approach to intervention, and are committed to help each child succeed at his/her own pace. A variety of instructional methodologies are employed to achieve success. There is an emphasis on the development of gross motor and communication skills. A team of preschool special educators is currently working to align the preschool curriculum with the guidelines set forth by the State Department of Education.