The CVCHS's Department of Special Education's mission is to provide support to special education students so that they can realize their academic and human potential through meeting the District's standards. Our goal is to improve special education service delivery and student support in CVCHS while promoting student independence. The department continually assesses strengths and areas that need to be strengthened. Following assessment, plans are implemented to address areas in need of improvement.
The Department of Special Education at CVCHS is committed to identifying and supporting diverse learners and developing their skills to access their education, as well as foster their independence toward their post-secondary transition. CVCHS complies with all laws and requirements for an LEA and services all students as outlined in their IEP. CVCHS follows both procedural and substantive compliance to ensure a Free and Appropriate Education in the Least Restrictive Environment for students to receive educational benefit.
At present our CVCHS Special Education programs consist of mild to moderate, typically known as a resource program, as well as a moderate to severe program, otherwise known as Special Day class program.
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Dr. Gaffney has worked in education for 30 years, starting as a Special Education and History teacher for adult learners in LAUSD. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from UCLA and holds a Master's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, along with a PPS credential in School Counseling. Dr. Gaffney has worked as a school counselor for Burbank USD and a Social Worker for Harbor Regional Center in Greater LA, supporting students with Disabilities. He is a former BBSE counselor who spent four years working with survivors of sexual assault. Dr. Gaffney moved into school administration in 2001 and has worked as a school administrator in California and overseas. He was the Secondary School Director for Karl C. Parrish School in Barranquilla, Colombia, in South America. With eight years at CVCHS, Dr. Gaffney has overseen several areas of school administration. He is currently the Director of Student Services, supervising Special Education and all aspects of school counseling, including 504s and the school's master schedule. As a single father, his great joy is his son, whom he loves spending time with on road trips and riding trains.