Special Services

What is Special Education?

State and federal law require that a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment be offered to qualified pupils with disabilities, ages 3 through 21 years. In the event that appropriate placement or services cannot be provided to an individual with exceptional needs, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team may consider services in a non-public, non-sectarian school. (Education Code Section 56040 et seq.)

Services also are available for students who have a handicapping condition that interferes with their equal access to educational opportunities. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

Have a question or concern?

Start at your site. Your teacher is working hard to make sure your child is well served. It always works best when they are know and understand your questions and concerns. You can request a parent conference at any time. You can also contact the Principal of your site with any concerns.

We are also here to help you at the Educational Services Center. Please contact the Special Services Department for specific information or for requests for special education services under IDEA or Section 504 at:

510-471-1100 x 60425
34200 Alvarado Niles Road,
Union City, Ca 94587


General special education: Email Suzan Lee-Young at slee-young@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

Special education transportation: Email Transportation Dispatcher at dispatcher@nhusd.k12.ca.us or Suzan Lee-Young at slee-young@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

Special education records requests: Email Sharon Gutierrez at sgutierrez@nhusd.k12.ca.us

Home/hospital services, health or nursing services: Email Megan Foster at mefoster@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

Preschool or private school programs: Email Mary Rios at mrios@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

K-12+ programs: Email Alexis Perry at aperry@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

Mental health programs: Email Rebecca McCurdy at rmccurdy@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

Extended School Year or Autism specific classrooms: Email Megan Foster at mefoster@nhusd.k12.ca.us

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Special Services

Megan Foster


Special Services

Suzan Lee-Young

Administrative Assistant

Special Services

Sharon Gutierrez

Staff Secretary

Special Services

Mary Rios

Program Specialist

Special Services

Alexis Perry

Program Specialist

Special Services

Michelle Concepcion

District Nurse

Veronica Dellafosse

District Nurse

Patrick Hwang

Behavior Specialist

Dana Loeffler

Mental Health and Behavior Support Specialist

Rebecca McCurdy

Program Manager