Two Chrysalis students creating a boat with objects found in nature.

Special Education and Reasonable Accommodations

Chrysalis welcomes all students, including those with disabilities. We actively seek out and evaluate students who have disabilities in order to provide them with appropriate educational opportunities in accordance with state and federal law. If a parent believes his or her child may have a disability, then a special education assessment may be requested through their child’s teacher, the Administrator, or the Special Education Director. 

Special Education ensures all students receive instruction in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). LRE is defined as the education of students with disabilities with non-disabled peers to the greatest extent possible. We have fabulous on-site personnel and resources to support students in the mild-moderate range of disabilities with a solid track record in building relationships and helping these students’ lights shine bright. However, there are some individual cases for which students may need more specialized services or better trained personnel than we have available here on the Chrysalis campus. For example, we have historically contracted with Columbia School District for special day class placements when a child needs specialized resource classroom instruction for more than 50% of their school day, and we have contracted with IEP School or EXCEL for outside placements for students that need intense behavioral and emotional support. These students remain Chrysalis kids throughout their enrollment, and our ultimate goal is to help them gain the skills and tools necessary to return back to our home campus.

In California, every local education agency (LEA) is required to belong to a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The SELPA is a consortium of LEAs responsible for the development of special education policies and procedures, distribution of federal and state special education funds, and providing a range of professional development pertaining to special education. Chrysalis is a proud member of the El Dorado Charter SELPA. With their support, we are able to provide high-quality special education programs to our students. Read more about the El Dorado Charter SELPA governance where you can find updated copies of our local plan, the annual budget and service plan, and a master list of current schools.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504 for short) is a federal law that protects individuals with a disability. Under 504, Chrysalis, like all other public schools must ensure that a child with a disability has equal access to education and services.  To that end, Chrysalis regularly provides modifications and reasonable accommodations to identified students to ensure that their light is shining and that they are not discriminated against because of his/her disability.