SEAS Program (Formerly RVA)

Family Resources

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that special education and related services be made available free of charge to every eligible child with a disability aged 3–21. In the SEAS Program, we have specially designed our program to address individual needs associated with emotional disturbance (ED), as defined by IDEA. 

Determining a child’s eligibility for special education and related services begins with a full and individual evaluation. Under IDEA, the West Covina Unified School District provides this evaluation free of charge. School counselors, faculty, parents, and the students collaborate to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) outlining eligible services and defining progress-oriented goals.


What is Emotional Disturbance?


IDEA defines emotional disturbance (ED) as follows:

A condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child’s educational performance:


  • An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors
  • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers
  • Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances
  • A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression
  • A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems


Emotional disturbance includes schizophrenia but does not apply to children who are socially maladjusted, unless it is determined that they have an emotional disturbance.

For more information about ED and strategies for coping, please visit the websites listed on the side of this page, or talk to a mental healthcare provider.