The PVUSD Special Education Department/SELPA is established to deliver quality special education programs and services to students with disabilities in the most effective, efficient, collaborative, and fiscally responsible manner.


Students with disabilities are general education students first. We acknowledge that they need additional time and support in their learning. Through our collaborative efforts with general education staff, students are given access to high-quality curriculum, assessments, programs, and services to support their social emotional and educational growth in the least restrictive environment.


District/SchoolGrade Span# of SchoolsTypeSchool SizeDistrict SizeCountyGeo Lead
Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Starlight Elementary

3258420,106Santa CruzTulare

County: Santa Cruz

Grades Served: K-12

Number of Schools: 32

  • African American – 0.4%
  • American Indian – 0.2%
  • Asian – 0.7%
  • Filipino – 0.6%
  • Hispanic – 84.0%
  • Pacific Islander – 0.1%
  • White – 13.0%
  • Two or More Races – 0.9%

Pajaro Valley USD's Community Engagement Problem of Practice

Presentation Materials

View the CEI Presentation in ENGLISH
View the CEI Presentation in SPANISH


Maintaining Trust through Consistent Communication


Walking together into unchartered territory, our leadership team has designed from the head and the heart. Early on, we recognized the need to formulate an agile, compassionate and systemic response protocol that valued at its core continued student growth, authentic collaboration and transparent community engagement to secure the health and safety of the entire PVUSD educational community.

Our response priorities are highlighted in the accompanying data sheet shared with our educational community: 360 degree Communication, Distance Learning Student Experience, Closing the Digital Divide, Feeding Our Students and Community, and Community Partner Ecosystem.

A bi-monthly series of live “Conversations with the Superintendent” to give parents and the community an opportunity to ask the Superintendent questions about this data. This live series will supplement an existing weekly email “Ask Dr. Rodriguez” platform seen in this link.


Pajaro Valley Student Assistance Support (PVPSA)