Santa Cruz Valley Students
Special Education

Our district offers a continuum of service options to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for all students with disabilities. We deliver services in the least restrictive environment appropriate for each student; and, to the maximum extent possible, we integrate students with disabilities into classrooms with non-disabled students, only placing students in special classes or separate schooling situations when the nature and severity of the student’s disability renders it necessary.

If your child qualifies for special education services, you will work with a team of school staff members to create an individualized education plan (IEP) for your child.

Referral Process

Preschool (ages 0 – 5)
If you are concerned about your child’s progress or developmental level, please contact the Special Education Office. If we deem it appropriate, we can set up an appointment to screen your child.

School Age (ages 5 – 22)
If you have concerns about your child’s progress or performance in school, your first step should be to speak with the child’s classroom teacher. With the teacher, you can discuss any problems that exist and come up with ways to help your child succeed. If your child continues to have difficulties after you have tried implementing strategies to help the child in the regular classroom, the school may begin the referral process.

In this case, the school may schedule a Student Study Team meeting where you and a group of school staff members who know your child will meet to discuss ways to help your child and to decide whether your child should be evaluated for special education services. You will be invited to this meeting—or, if you are unable to attend, you can provide the team with your ideas in writing.

We will only evaluate your child for special education services after we receive your permission in writing.

If you need additional information regarding the referral process or about any of our special education services, please contact Melisa Lunderville in the special education office at (520) 375-8289.

Forms & Information

Special Ed Resources

AZ Department of Education – Tucson
(520) 628-6330

AZ Department of Education – Phoenix
(800) 352-4558



All SCVUSD35 schools will be closed Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27.


Despite our best efforts to keep our schools operational, we have learned today that we will not have sufficient staffing to safely supervise all students.  Regretfully, we will close schools for these dates.


We will continue to provide food service to any SCVUSD35 student at the following locations:


Calabasas School

131 Camino Maricopa


Coatimundi Middle School

490 E. Avenida Coatimundi


Rio Rico High School

590 Camino Lito Galindo


Meals will be provided at the following times:  Breakfast:  7:00-8:00 a.m., Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


No student ID will be required.  Unfortunately, no transportation will be available. Adult meals will be available for $2.25 (Breakfast) and $3.25 (Lunch).


Middle and high school scheduled athletic games will continue as scheduled, as will high school field trips.  Details regarding field trips will be provided by instructors.


The District Office and Welcome Center will remain open during regular business hours:  7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Estimados padres: Este es el Distrito Escolar Unificado del Valle de Santa Cruz. Todas las escuelas del Distrito Escolar No. 35  estarán cerradas el jueves, 26 de abril y el viernes, 27 de abril. A pesar de nuestros mejores esfuerzos para mantener operativas nuestras escuelas, hoy hemos aprendido que no contaremos con personal suficiente para supervisar de manera segura a todos los estudiantes. Lamentablemente, cerraremos las escuelas para estas fechas.

 Continuaremos brindando servicio de alimentos a cualquier estudiante del Distrito Escolar No. 35 en las siguientes ubicaciones: Escuela Calabasas 131 Camino Maricopa Escuela secundaria de Coatimundi 490 E. Avenida Coatimundi y en  Rio Rico High School 590 Camino Lito Galindo.  Las comidas se proporcionarán en los siguientes horarios: Desayuno: de 7:00 a 8:00 a.m., almuerzo: de 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. No se requiere identificación de estudiante. Lamentablemente, no habrá transporte disponible. Las comidas para adultos estarán disponibles por $ 2.25 (desayuno) y $ 3.25 (almuerzo).

Los juegos atléticos programados para la escuela secundaria y preparatoria continuarán según lo programado, al igual que los viajes extra curriculares de la escuela secundaria. Los instructores proporcionarán detalles sobre los viajes extra curriculares.

 La Oficina de Distrito y el Centro de Bienvenida permanecerán abiertos durante el horario de atención habitual: de 7:30 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.