Student Services (Special Ed)

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               Hollister School District

       Student Services/Special Education

The Hollister Elementary School District recognizes its responsibility to provide a free and
appropriate public education to eligible students with disabilities within its district boundaries. 
The District has a "child find" process that is designed to locate, identify and evaluate children
with disabilities residing within its district boundaries transitional kindergarten through grade 8.

If you know a child who lives within the boundaries of the Hollister Elementary School District
and attends school in the District who may be in the need of special education and/or related
services, please contact the Special Education Department for further information regarding
the referral and evaluation process. 

The District's Child Find process extends to students with physical or mental impairments that
substantially limit a major life activity.  Such students may be eligible for services or
accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 is a Federal civil
 rights statute that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities and programs
receiving Federal financial assistance.  Please contact your child's principal for more information
regarding Section 504 eligibility and services.

Categories of Disability under the IDEA for Children aged 3 through 21

  • Autism (AUT)
  • Deaf-blindness (DB)
  • Deafness (D)
  • Emotional disturbance (ED)
  • Hearing impairment (HH)
  • Intellectual disability (ID)
  • Multiple Disabilities (MD)
  • Orthopedic impairment (OI)
  • Other health impairment (OHI)
  • Specific learning disability (SLD)
  • Speech or language impairment (SLI)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Visual impairment (VI)

Special Education is specially designed instruction for students with exceptional learning needs.

Hollister Elementary School District’s Special Education Department includes, but is not limited
to the following services:

  • Special Day Classes (Mild/Moderate)
  • Special Day Classes (Moderate/Severe)
  • Resource Specialist Programs
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Counseling through the SELPA
  • Adaptive P.E.
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Behavioral Supports
  • Vision and Mobility Supports
  • Hard of Hearing Supports
  • Other Specialized Supports determined by student needs

Our staff has the knowledge to creatively meet the needs of the variety of learners within our



The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is composed of parents of students within the
county, special education teachers, general classroom teachers, other school district personnel,
 representatives of other public and/or private agencies and persons concerned with services
for individuals with exceptional need.  Each district board of education nominates a
representative(s) to the CAC.  A majority of the parents on CAC must have children in special

CAC provides school districts and the SELPA with community input regarding the development
and implementation of the Local Plan for Special Education.  It also serves as a forum for
discussing the needs of all students with disabilities.  CAC encourages meaningful
communication among school administrators, Boards of Education, parents and communities.

Contact Name/Title



Richard Lust

(831) 630-6374

Micaela Gomez

(831) 630-6362

Maita Cruz
Program Specialist

(831) 630-6357

Jane Bambrick
Behavior Specialist/Coordinator

(831) 630-6367

Josefina Garcia -Silva
Secretary Support Services

(831) 630-6358

Toni Vargas
Executive Secretary

(831) 630-6356

Marylou Martinez
Office Assistant / Front Desk

(831) 630-6350