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Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District SELPA is responsible for the implementation of the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Special Education Local Plan, and for ensuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act PL 94-142 (amended by PL 108-446, 2004)

Community Advisory Committee (CAC)


The PBVUSD SELPA CAC is a group of parents, educators, District staff, and community members from the Panama-Buena Vista community established in accordance with Education Code § 56190-56194.  One of the primary roles of the CAC is to collaborate with the PBVUSD SELPA Director to advise the Superintendent and/or his designee(s) regarding the PBVUSD’s special education programs and services.  PBVUSD SELPA CAC representatives will serve a two-year term and will meet at least five times during the school year.

P-BVUSD SELPA Calendar of Events (OMS)
To be determined at a later date.


Search and Serve

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District (P-BVUSD) Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is committed to seeking out, identifying, and providing special education services to students who meet eligibility criteria for special education services from birth through 8th grade.


Once a parent, physician, social worker, family member, or other community member submits a referral, the SELPA will make contact with the parent/guardian of that child to complete an in-depth questionnaire. Results from this questionnaire will help to ensure that the appropriate agency and personnel are involved in any potential assessment.


P-BVUSD is responsible for assessing students who reside within its boundaries who will turn 3-years old in the next 90 days, through their 8th-grade year of school who are suspected of being a child with a disability. P-BVUSD is also responsible for assessing any students who attend a K-8 private school within its district boundaries. Referrals submitted to P-BVUSD Search and Serve for students that do not live within its boundaries will be forwarded to the appropriate Local Education Agency (LEA) and/or the Kern County Consortium SELPA.


Children who exhibit the following delays may have a disability: Delay in the development of culturally and socially acceptable behaviors and relationships; delay in the development of small and/or large muscle motor abilities; delay in the development of thinking ability; delay in the development of communication skills, both speaking and language; one or more medically diagnosed conditions.


Search and Serve Parent Portal


For information call Gayle Montana 661-831-1906 ext. 6564 or [email protected]

Parent Rights Documentation


Information about procedural safeguards available to you under the IDEA is contained in the Parent's Notice of Rights in the links below.