Special Education Department

  • Bellevue Union School District offers a continuum of programs and services for students who require special education.

    BUSD is committed to the identification and service of students with disabilities within the least restrictive environment. The district provides children with disabilities a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with federal and state laws. As a member of the Sonoma County Special Education Local Plan Area, we offer a full range of special education services for students with disabilities ranging from mild learning disabilities to significant challenges. Credentialed special education teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, adapted physical education specialists, school psychologists, and special education classified staff make up our exceptional special education professionals. Services and placements are based upon each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    If you have specific questions about special education please call our Student Services Department at (707) 388-8150 (se habla espanol).

    SELPA INFORMATION

    PARENT RIGHTS & PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS (ENGLISH)

    PARENT RIGHTS & PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS (SPANISH)

    LINK TO ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ENGLISH)

    LINK TO ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (SPANISH)

     

    The Student Services Department office is located at:

    BUSD Early Learning Center

    2014 Moraga Drive

    Santa Rosa, CA 95404

    T: 707-388-8540

    Office Hours 8am-4pm M-F

     

    Rosa Cuevas, Special Education Administrative Assistant (Habla espanol)

    Cara Colombo-Stuart, ELC Program Manager

    Susie Hirsch, Program Specialist

    Tracy Whitaker, Director of Student Services

Director of Student Services

  • Tracy Whitaker, Director of Student Services
    Tracy Whitaker, M.A
    Director of Student Services
    707-542-5197
    707-544-8026-Voicemail
    707-388-8540 Early Learning Center & Student Services Department Office
    707-542-6127-Fax  
    studentservices@busd.org

    Prior to joining Bellevue Union School District, Ms. Whitaker was a Special Education Principal at the Sonoma County Office of Education for 5 years. She was responsible for K-12 programs for students with autism and severe disabilities. Ms. Whitaker served as Sonoma County's cadre representative on the statewide CAPTAIN initiative to facilitate implementation of evidence-based practices for students with autism. She has been an instructor in the credential programs at Sonoma State University and the North Coast School of Education.  Her teaching background in special education includes serving students with mild to significant needs. Ms. Whitaker is passionate about providing effective and meaningful programs for students with disabilities.