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Special Education Programs

Buckeye Union High School District provides a comprehensive program of special education classes and services in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA).  A continuum of educational programs and placements including itinerant, resource self-contained and private day placements are available for all IDEA eligible students.

Click here for a copy of the IEDA Procedural Safeguards  (English)  (Spanish)

Homebound Services

Buckeye Union High School District provides educational opportunities to students who require Homebound Services.  “Homebound” means a student who is capable of profiting from academic instruction but is unable to attend school due to illness, disease, accident or other health conditions, who have been examined by a competent medical doctor as being unable to attend regular classes for a period of not less than three school months or a pupil who is capable of profiting from academic instruction but is unable to attend school regularly due to chronic or acute health problems, who has been examined by a competent medical doctor and who is certified by that doctor as being unable to attend regular classes for intermittent periods of time totaling three school months during a school year.

Information and required documents can be obtained from the guidance office at your child’s school.


Destruction of Records

The Buckeye Union High School District is preparing to destroy archived special education records from the 2014-2015 school year and will begin this process in June 2020.  Special education records, including placement records, referrals, evaluations, testing data, etc., are maintained for 5 fiscal years after a student’s final enrollment in a special education program.  Final enrollment in a special education program is defined as the last day a student is enrolled in a special education program and is no longer receiving services.  Parents, guardians or eligible students have the right to review and/or receive a copy of these records before June 2020.  Please contact Annette Brettner at 623-386-9708 or prior to June 2020 to review records

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects all students with disabilities, defined as those having any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (including learning).  It allows for reasonable accommodations to assist the student in accessing educational opportunities.

504 plans are coordinated by the student’s guidance counselor at their individual school.  If a parent believes that their child has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity they should contact the guidance counselor for assistance in the consideration and development of a 504 Plan.


Child Find

Child Find-The intent of Child Find is that all children from birth through age 21 with delays or disabilities receive supports and services they need.  About ten percent of the general population has some form of disability or disorder.  BUHSD is searching for any high school students who may have difficulties resulting from a disability and may need special education services in order to succeed in school.

If you know of a student who has a major difficulty with organizational skills, learning or understanding, speaking or writing, getting along with others, or making adjustments in different situations or completing tasks, please contact the BUHSD Special Services Department at (623) 386-9708.  Free special education services are available to eligible students.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Federal Law that protects the privacy of student education records.


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Exceptional Student Services Contacts | Fax # (623) 386-9706

ESS Director

Scott Acton

(623) 386-9708

ESS Compliance Coordinator

Carrie Atkeson

(623) 341-1917

ESS Admin Assistant

Annette Brettner

(623) 386-9708


Frances Ruiz

(623) 386-9751

Mariano Escobedo

Mental Health Counselor

(623) 340-6867


Mark Hedges

(623) 327-2224


Amanda Kinnie

(623) 327-2441


Julie Capps

(623) 474-0105

Speech Language Assistant

Angela Bunch

(623) 327-2201

Speech Language Assistant

Vanessa Castillo


Speech Language Assistant

Amanda Ramos

(623) 327-2225

Health Director

Christina Williams

(623) 474-0118

ESS Transition Specialist

Latisha Woodruff

(623) 474-0377

ESS Transition Specialist

Trina Stark

(623) 474-0377

ESS Transition Specialist

Elijah Wickander

(623) 474-0377

ESS Admin Assistant:BUHS

Britlynd Williams

(623) 474-0355

ESS Admin Assistant:EFHS

Sandra G. Castillo

(623) 327-2422

Fax: (623) 327-2432

ESS Admin Assistant:YHS

Maggie Nava

(623) 474-0148

Fax: (623) 474-0142

Buckeye Union High School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Click here to read the entire policy.

El Distrito Escolar de Buckeye Union High School no discrimina en base de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Haga clic aquí para leer toda la política.

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