Special Education


15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: (858) 521-2800 Ext. 2216





CAC 2023 Excellence Awards Winners

Stephanie Hudson, Stone Ranch Elementary School 
Christina Rodocker, Turtleback Elementary School
Christy Mazloff, Chaparral Elementary School
Marco Laborin, Bernardo Heights Middle School
Lisa Chohany, Mt. Carmel High School
Chelsea Strahan, Park Village Elementary School

Our Mission

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) promotes and encourages positive connections among students, parents, and PUSD by providing guidance in special education so all students become successful, lifelong learners.

Who is the CAC?

The CAC shall be comprised of parents and individuals with exceptional needs enrolled in public, non-public or private schools receiving services, parents of other students enrolled in schools, adults with disabilities, general and special education teachers, other school personnel, and persons concerned with the needs of individuals with exceptional needs.  The majority of the committee is composed of parents of students with exceptional needs who are enrolled in schools within the Local Plan Area.  The maximum voting membership for the CAC in PUSD is between 15 and 18.  CAC members are appointed by the BOE.

What is the CAC?

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and the Board of Education. Recommendations from the CAC incorporate parent, professional, and community input.  These recommendations are made through the District liaison to the SELPA at the regularly scheduled business meetings.  Recommendations come in the form of position papers, correspondence, subcommittee reports, or decisions at CAC business meetings.  The CAC presents at least one report of activities to the Board of Education each academic year.

What does the CAC do?

CAC represent the perspectives of the special education community broadly, avoiding a focus on any particular disability.  We support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs. We invest and assist in the development of parent awareness of the importance of regular school attendance. Each year we participate in the review of the annual budget and service plan.

When does the CAC meet?

Meetings are typically held at the PUSD Board Community Room.  15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA, 92128
Our meeting schedule is posted on the PUSD website here at Meetings (Agendas, Minutes).

Who can attend?

Everyone!  All business meetings are open to the public, everyone is welcome to attend.

How do I get involved?

  • Attend our meetings.
  • Volunteer on a CAC Committee. You don't have to be a member to volunteer.
  • Share information, talents, and solutions.

Parent Information Nights

Every year the CAC holds parent information nights.  The topics and guest speakers are selected based on parent, community and CAC input.  Some topics in the past have included:
  • Special Education Law
  • The IEP Process
  • Guest Speakers: ADHD, Dyslexia
  • Transition IEPS
  • Anxiety

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT | 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 521-2800