Special Education Mission Valley Local Plan Area (SELPA)

SELPA Calendar of Events

On behalf of the Mission Valley SELPA - WELCOME.  We believe ALL people have the right to learn, grow, connect, and be treated with dignity and respect.  Thank you for being an advocate for your child.  PARENT, GUARDIAN and CARE-GIVER are essential relationship partners; and we value COLLABORATION as it is the key to developing quality special education programs and services for our students.  Explore our website and learn more about us, what we have to offer and how we serve children with disabilities in the Mission Valley SELPA.  ~ Sarah Kappler, Mission Valley SELPA Director

What is a Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA)?

Guiding Mission Valley SELPA Documents

  • Mission Valley SELPA Plans
    • Annual Service Budget / Annual Service Plan Public Hearing
      • The California Department of Education has directed all SELPAs in the state to conduct a public hearing on their 2023/2024 Annual Budget and Service Plans. This public hearing enabled the Mission Valley SELPA to comply with this instruction.

Who are the MV SELPA contacts?

District Director Contact
SELPA Director Sarah Kappler skappler@nhusd.k12.ca.us
Newark USD Olivia Rangel orangel@newarkunified.org
New Haven USD Sarah Kappler skappler@nhusd.k12.ca.us
Fremont USD Fran English fenglish@fusdk12.net


Child Find

Each Local Educational Agencies (LEA) within the Mission Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) offers programs for youngsters, between the ages of birth and 21 years of age, who have:

✓ Communication problems
✓ Learning difficulties
✓ Physical disabilities
✓ Severe disabilities

If you think your child needs special help in school, call his/her school or district office of Special Education at the appropriate number listed below.

Fremont USD Special Education Department (510) 659-2549

Newark USD Special Education Department (510) 818-4103

New Haven USD Special Services Department (510) 471-1100


Mission Valley Governance, Regional Policy Board

The Mission Valley SELPA Regional Policy Board (RPB) is the governing body for the  Mission Valley SELPA.  The RPB is composed of 6 voting members: the superintendents from each district, and a board member from each district.

The next Mission Valley SELPA Regional Policy Board Meeting is Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 3:30pm.  To be held at Fremont Unified School District, Professional Development Center.

The Regional Policy Board meeting dates for this year are:

September 26, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes
December 5, 2023 - Agenda
March 12, 2024 - Agenda
June 11, 2024 - Agenda


Parent Engagement and the SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

What is the CAC?

Community Advisory Committees are vital components of effective Special Education programs in California.  CACs have specific roles and responsibilities.  Across California, CACs assist in advising the SELPA Governing Board, SELPA Administrator, and Special Education Administration about the Special Education Local Plan, annual priorities, parent education and other Special Education-related activities.  Every Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is required to establish a CAC.  A SELPA is a consortium that is formed to ensure that the full continuum of Special Education services is available to all eligible students within its boundaries.  It is comprised of an individual district, a group of districts, or districts and a county office(s) of education.  CACs provide an important connection between the community and the SELPA.

  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
    • Parent Chairperson:  Vacant
    • Parent Vice Chairperson:  Kanaka Kannan
    • Parent Secretary:  Sundeep Singh
    • Members At Large:  Meghana Bojan, Hamad Rekrawish

We would love to have you join us!  Parent applications can be found below:

Application for CAC - English

Application for CAC - Spanish

Application for CAC - Chinese

Application for CAC - Tagalog


To view the Mission Valley SELPA Community Advisory Committee Bylaws, click on the link below.

Mission Valley SELPA Community Advisory Committee Bylaws



Alternate Dispute Resolution (link coming)

Independent Educational Evaluation (link coming)

Special Olympics

MV SELPA Parent Handbook

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

Special Olympics