Special Education

Special Education Services provide specially designed instruction and support for students from birth to 21 who have a diagnosed disability that substantially interferes with their ability to benefit from the general education program. Federal and state guidelines determine which students are eligible for services. If you have concerns that your child is delayed in any area and may need special education support, the Anacortes School District is available to discuss your concerns and assist in referring your child for assessment. 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997 mandates the provision of a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, in accordance with state and federal laws, to students with disabilities in need of specially designed instruction. To the maximum extent possible, a least restrictive environment means the district will educate children with disabilities with children who are not disabled. Special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment will occur only 
under special circumstances. That is, when the nature or severity of the child’s disability, even with the use of supplementary aids and support services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily in a regular classroom.

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed by the IEP team and implemented for students requiring specially designed instruction. Members of the IEP team include: 1) the parent(s) of a child with a disability; 2) at least one regular education teacher, if the child participates in the general classroom environment; 3) at least one special education teacher, or where appropriate, at least one special education provider of such child; 4) a representative of the district who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results. (i.e. counselor, school psychologist, etc.); 5) in addition, at the discretion of the parent or the school district, other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child. Whenever appropriate, the child with a disability will be provided service as outlined in the individual education plan (IEP).

SPED Timeline
OSPI - Special Education

Anacortes School Board Policy 2161: Special Education & Related Services for Eligible Students

Anacortes School Board Procedure 2161-P:  Education of Students with Disabilities

This information is provided as information only and is not intended to represent parent/student rights. For a complete copy of procedural safeguards and student and parent rights, please contact the Inclusive Services office at (360) 503-1218.

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