Redwood Consortium for Student Services (RCSS)


We would like to welcome you to the Redwood Consortium for Student Services informational web site.

The Redwood Consortium for Student Services (RCSS) provides special education services for children with mild to severe needs. We provide special education services for those students who live in the Bellevue Union, Bennett Valley Union, Kenwood, Mark West Union, Piner-Olivet Union, Rincon Valley Union, Roseland, and Wright School districts. Classrooms are located in the Santa Rosa community at local elementary school sites. If in doubt about a child’s school district you are encouraged to call the Consortium about any child with a Santa Rosa address and we will direct you/parents to the appropriate educational agency, in order to expedite your questions and/or concerns about services for your special needs child.

The Redwood Consortium operates three programs for Special Education. The first program is our speech-language only services, the Non-Intensive Preschool Program. We also operate the Preschool Special Education Program, which is for children ages three to five with identified special needs. Our third program is our Special Education Kindergarten to sixth grade self-contained classes. All of our classes serve students with mild to severe special needs.

The Redwood Consortium program assists students and families in all aspects of Special Education such as the following:

  • Transition from the Early Start Program to the RCSS Special Education Preschool services
  • Development of an Individual Educational Plan IEP with parents/caregivers and educational team
  • Parent/caregiver support, education and training through home visits and monthly parent meetings for the Preschool program
  • Community referrals, consultation and collaboration
  • Preschool Speech Program (PSP) for children identified with speech-language delays, providing twice weekly small group instruction addressing all areas of communication and kindergarten readiness. Parent participation encouraged.
  • Preschool SDC for children with intensive needs. Emphasis on range of developmental needs: communication, social emotional, pre-academic, motor and sensory. Developmentally based preschool classrooms support and enhance early learning and development, while providing peer group social opportunities, four to five mornings a week, three to four hours per day.
  • Preschool Special Day Classes, and the Non-Intensive Preschool Program classes utilize play-based, developmentally appropriate instruction and guided practice in a small group setting to address the individual needs of the child.
  • Curriculum for K-6 classes include a language based program, Handwriting without Tears, EdMark Reading Program, and Touch Math. Special Education Administrators of County Offices (SEACO) Curriculum Guide, California standards for students with moderate to severe disabilities.
  • Support services may include Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing Services, Adaptive Physical Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Vision and Adaptive Technology services. Transportation may be provided.

Thank you for visiting our site. If you would like to contact us, we are located at the Rincon Valley Unified School District Office.

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Erika E. Salazar, Director
Laurie Gurall, Program Specialist
Beth Ackerman, Office Manager
Samantha Rodriguez, Clerk Receptionist

Redwood Consortium for Student Services
1000 Yulupa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 575-5879
fax (707) 575-7781

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