Bonsall Unified School District

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Special Education



In accordance with Section 1401(29) of Title 20 of the United States Code, the BUSD is committed to providing specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs that cannot be met with modifications of the general education instructional program.  We provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) with a full range of services for students with a disability from 3 years of age, through adult transition.


The Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) is a member of the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) Special Education Local Planning Agency (SELPA).  We encourage our families to access free training and information through the  NCCSE Community Advisory Committee (CAC).  For more information please contact the CAC Parent Liaison at 760-761-5120.


NCCSE SELPA Local Plan 2016

NCCSE SELPA Annual Services Plan 2019-2020

NCCSE SELPA Annual Budget Plan 2019-2020


NCCSE Trainings


Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is made up of parents, educators, and community members who are involved in special education.  The CAC of the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) provides meetings and special events throughout the year and advises the superintendents of the 14 school districts about special education services. CAC provides parents information on special education topic, resources for families, and opportunities to meet with other parents to exchange resources, information, and ideas.

Special Education Referral

Referral of a child (3 through 21) with a possible qualifying disability may come from a:

  Parent

  Teacher

  Doctor

  Community Agency

  Student Study or Guidance Team

  Concerned individual

  Student


Parents are encouraged to contact their school of attendance or the special education department for inquiries about their student's special education needs or program.


Special Education

The Bonsall Unified School District Special Education Department assists general education and special education teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. We lead and support school district employees with sped compliance required by the State and Federal law, while building effective special programs with embedded evidence-based practices. We believe in building capacity amongst all staff in promoting access to General Education as
the building block for success from Pre-K through Adult Transition. Our Programs range from Mild/Mod to Mod/Sev Disabilities programs.


● Adult Transition Programs

● Assistive Technology

● Child-Find/ Special Education Referral

● Community Advisory Committee

● Department of Rehab

● Dispute Resolution Supports

● Educationally Related Mental Health Services

● Low-Incidence Disability Supports and Services

● Non-Public Agency/School Contracts

● SEIS Support

● Special Education CALPADS

● Special Education Compliance

● Special Education ESY

● Special Education Transportation

● Training on Evidence-Based Practices

● Universal Design for Learning Curriculum

Supports and Interventions



Joan Nelson, Ed.D.
Interim Executive Director of Ed Services/Special Education
Karris Brilee

Special Education Program Specialist


Maria Huerta

Administrative Assistant 
Office Line: (760) 631-5218 Ext. 1012
Fax: (760) 631-5219 
Office Hours:  7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.