Student Support Services

Student Support Services is committed to the district’s educational mission and ensures that our students, staff, and patron receive the highest quality of service possible.

Our Student Support Services team encompasses the departments of:

  • Special Education
  • Section 504 Services
  • Child Find
  • Extended School Year (ESY)
  • Touchstone Behavioral Health

Special Education Services

Special education services are based on the individual needs of a student through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed by a team of professionals including the parents and the student. Services are delivered in the least restrictive environment (LRE), with the level depending on the needs of the students. The continuum of special education services ranges from the general classroom, pull-out, self-contained, private placement, and home-bound services.

Eligibility & Referral Process

Union Elementary School District provides services for students who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). For more information, visit the Arizona Department of Education website.

The areas of eligibility of persons from the ages of 3-21 are:

  • Autism (A)
  • Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Emotional Disability (ED)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Mild Intellectual Disability (MiID)
  • Moderate Intellectual Disability (MoID)
  • Severe Intellectual Disability (SID)
  • Multiple Disabilities (MD)
  • Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment (MDSSI)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Preschool Severe Delay (PSD)
  • Preschool Speech-Language Delay (PSL)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • Speech Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)

Public Notice

Notice of destruction of records of Special Education records Union Elementary School District will destroy records prior to June 2014 and earlier special education files in compliance with Federal Statute 20 U.S.C. §§ 1412(a)(8), 1447(c). Before records are destroyed parents have the right to review the child's records. To do so contact the Student Services office at 623-478-5017 prior to October 16, 2019.

Child Find Screenings

Union Elementary School District provides screenings for young children who are having difficulty in their development. Parents who attend screenings may have concerns about their child’s development in the areas of hearing, vision, speech/language skills, motor skills, thinking skills, and or social/emotional skills. For information regarding the dates of these screenings, please go to the district website or contact the student service office at (623) 478-5017.

Contact Information

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Carrie Brandon

Director of Student Support Services

Phone: (623) 478-5015
Email: cbrandon@uesd.org

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Raquel Gutierrez

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (623) 478-5017
Email: rgutierrez@uesd.org

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Malcolm Massey

Transportation Supervisor

Phone: (623) 251-3735
Email: mmassey@uesd.org

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