SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
CLASS TITLE: Special Needs Attendant
DESCRIPTION OF BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To perform tasks related to the physical, personal, social and health care needs of special needs students in the Special
Education Department; and to perform a routine of clerical tasks as assigned.
The class of Special Needs Attendant provides for the special needs of a
severely handicapped special education student who requires personal assistance
and health care. The Special Needs Attendant
assists a student(s) in specific care-giving areas. Employees in this class
receive direct supervision within a framework of well-defined policies and
A Special Needs Attendant is distinguished from the higher class of Education
Assistant, Special Education (NCLB) in which incumbents provide responsible
clerical, care-taking, and/or paraprofessional activities in support of the
educational/training objectives of certificated staff.
- Provides for the special needs of special education students who
require personal assistance and health care by assisting the special
education student(s) in the following areas:
- Lifting in and out of wheel chairs, braces, and other
- Toileting and other personal care needs, such as changing
diapers and wet clothing
- Dressing and undressing and developing proper clothing care
and grooming habits
- Feeding and drinking
- Lifting on and off school buses or private vehicles
- Lifting on and off standing tables
- Carries out teacher’s instructions regarding special physical
handing, care, or exercises by student(s)
- Accompanies special education student(s) on curricular trips to
provide for personal and health care needs
- Cleans and sets up tables
- Prepares lunch trays
- Assists teachers in caring for special education student(s)
during classroom activities and emergencies
- Assists in maintaining records and files related to
- Performs kneeling, stooping, standing, squatting, pushing,
pulling, reaching, bending at the waist and lifting activities in the performance of required daily
- Administers first aid in accordance with established procedures
- Performs routine clerical tasks as assigned
- May attend in-service and staff meetings as required
- May perform related custodial duties as assigned
- Performs other related duties as assigned
- First Aid techniques as trained by the school nurse
- General nature of care required for individuals with physical
and emotional needs
- Functions of wheel chairs
- Basic English
- Understand, communicate, and follow both oral and written
instructions in English
- Understand the needs of assigned special education students
- Maintain a patient and professional attitude toward special
- Exercise tact, diplomacy, and good judgment in dealing with
special needs students with severe medical disabilities
- Operate office and duplicating equipment
- Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and
effectively perform required duties including lifting student weighing up to
200 pounds into and out of wheelchairs and special equipment
- Establish and maintain a positive and effective work
relationship with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding all student information.
May require the ability to:
- Speak in another language other than English.
- Passing a pre-employment physical examination related to job
duties/assignments and in accordance with applicable law, statutes,
bargaining unit agreements, and merit system rules.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of experience and training that could likely provide the
required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way of
demonstrating these qualifications would be:
- High School Diploma or equivalent;
- One year experience working with or serving individuals with
BARGAINING UNIT: Paraprofessional Unit
- Continuously (67-100%): bend, twist, push, pull, climb, squat,
crawl and kneel
- Frequently (34-66%): employ the use of the Hoyer Lift to elevate
up to 200 lbs. from floor to chest height.
- Frequently (34-66%): lift 40-50 lbs. to waist height
- Frequently (34-66%): sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or
balance; stand and walk; grasp with hands and fingers;
- Continuously (67-100%): use hands and fingers to handle objects,
tools, or controls; see (including close vision, distance vision, peripheral
vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus), hear and speak.
- Approximately 95% of the time performing job duties is spent
indoors, within a specialized classroom environment.
- While performing the duties of this job, constantly exposed to
risk of trip and fall (over wheelchairs, walkers, IV stands, Hoyer lifts,
- Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Approximately 30 minutes each day is spent at bus loading area where noise
is extremely shrill and loud.
- The temperature of the work environment is moderate and ranges
from 65 – 80 degrees
MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:
- Seldom (1-5%): automobile
- Occasionally (6-33%): copier, fax and computer
- Frequently (34-66%): writing instruments and telephone
- Frequently (34-66%): hand-crank Hoyer lift, IV stands and tubes
for feeding and medication
- This job class requires minimal routine travel within close
proximity to the regular assigned work location.
Approved by the Personnel Commission: May 13, 2010