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Student Services

Portrait Dena Kapsalis

Dena Kapsalis - Director

(530) 872-6461 ext. 223

Portrait Carrie Dawes

Carrie Dawes - Administrator

(530) 872-6461 ext. 225

Portrait Jammie Herl

Jammie Herl - Administrative Assistant

(530) 872-6461 ext. 221

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Using California's Multi-Tiered System of Support (CA MTSS) Framework Paradise Unified School District promotes and ensures equity, opportunity, inclusion, and access for all students. We do this by providing resources, assistance, current practices, and regional connections to all who support students. We, at Student Services, are a united team who are all trauma-informed and continuously learning research-based and progressive supports with emphasis on the Whole Child. We work authentically, empathetically, and collaboratively with all stakeholders within P.U.S.D. and Butte County. 

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The Student Services Department works closely with our Butte County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) that provides special education services in cooperation with school districts. The SELPA continues to ensure that eligible children, birth through age twenty-one, with handicaps have the opportunity to participate in programs and receive appropriate Special Education services. Programs and services are available for eligible pupils from infancy through age 22.
If the parent and the school agree that the child has a disability and requires special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be designed to meet the child's needs. This will take place at a meeting attended by parents and the school personnel and may include others as appropriate.

The State Education Code calls for inclusion of the following elements in an IEP:
  • A summary of the assessment findings, including your child's strengths as well as needs.
  • A statement of goals and objectives, which the group suggests for your child.
  • A list of specific services that will be used to find out how well the plan is working (evaluation).
  • A recommendation for placement.
  • The starting date and frequency of services
For information on parents' rights and resources, please visit California Department of Education website.

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Honey Run Academy

 
Honey Run Academy is a Community Day School. For more information, please see the Honey Run Academy section of the Schools Page.  
 

Adult Education

Paradise Adult School offers an array of programs and courses, most are offered free or at a very low cost. 
Please call Mike Gulbransen at 530-815-1252.
 

Special Education

If the parent and the school agree that the child has a disability and requires special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be designed to meet the child's needs. This will take place at a meeting attended by parents and the school personnel and may include others as appropriate.

The State Education Code calls for inclusion of the following elements in an IEP:

  • A summary of the assessment findings, including your child's strengths as well as needs.
  • A statement of goals and objectives, which the group suggests for your child.
  • A list of specific services that will be used to find out how well the plan is working (evaluation).
  • A recommendation for placement.
  • The starting date and frequency of services

For information on parents' rights and resources, please visit California Department of Education website.

Pearson Center

The Pearson Center is a post-secondary Special Education program serving students from ages 18-22.  At Pearson Center, vocational experiences develop career awareness and an understanding of job expectations which are important in the transition from school to work.  Reading, writing, money and time concepts, and communication are practiced in class and in real life situations.  Food preparation, personal hygiene, and classroom maintenance are also practiced in school. Community experiences include shopping, laundry and recreation.
For more information, please see the Pearson Center section of the District Programs Page.
 

Homeless, Foster Youth, McKinney-Vento

While some foster youth are adopted into stable, loving homes, many more are placed into a series of temporary living situations, including short-term care, respite care, and group homes. This instability tends to severely impact student achievement. Homeless students are defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Act as youth who "lack a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence."
 

Child Welfare, Attendance, and SARB (Student Attendance Review Board)

In an effort to reduce chronic absenteeism and truancy, we work with all sites and at the district level through a multi-level approach. We use restorative justice practices while supporting families and students in addressing barriers to school attendance. 
 

Suspensions and Expulsions

 

eLearning, Home Hospital, and Independent Study

We offer a variety of programs through Paradise Unified School District.
 
eLearning - Online learning presents a unique opportunity for students seeking alternate pathways to a high school diploma. The goal of our WASC-accredited online charter high school is to address the diverse learning needs of our students in grades 9-12 and offer a variety of opportunities to students on the Paradise Ridge, in Butte County and in our surrounding counties -- Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba.
 
  Home Hospital - A student with a temporary disability which makes school attendance impossible or inadvisable shall receive individual instruction in the student's home or in a hospital or other residential health facility, excluding state hospitals. This instruction applies to students incurring a physical, mental or emotional disability after which they can reasonably be expected to return to regular day classes or an alternative education program without special intervention. It does not apply to students identified as individuals with exceptional needs pursuant to Education Code 56026. (Education Code 48206.3)
 
  Independent Study - Offered to grades K-12. choose a full-time, part-time, or blended learning program with all curriculum online. Meet face-to-face with your teacher on a regular basis while you work from home. 
 
 
 

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