Special Programs

Dr. Allison Blakely, Director
4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal, WA 98671
Phone: 360-954-3020 Fax: 360-954-3082

Washougal School District is committed to addressing the unique needs of students with disabilities ages birth through 21 residing within the boundaries of the Washougal School District. This includes children with disabilities enrolled in private and religious schools as well as children who are homeless. Disabilities can be in any one of several areas that ultimately affect a child’s learning, such as the ability to think, to express oneself, to see or hear clearly, to get around, or understand instructions. If you have a child who you think might have a disability requiring special education instruction or significant accommodations at school, or if you know of such a child, please feel free to call the Washougal School District Special Services Office, (360) 954-3020.

Special Education Special Education provides services to students with certain disabilities that are specified in state and federal laws. Services are free of charge to the parent. Anybody may refer a student for an evaluation to determine if the student qualifies for services. The referral needs to be in writing (unless you are unable to write) and directed to the student’s principal. If you suspect that your child has a disability and may require special education services and your child is not currently enrolled in the school district, you may direct the referral to the Special Services Department.

Eligibility for special education services requires that we conduct an evaluation. The results of the evaluation must show that the child has a disability as defined in Chapter 392-172A of the Washington Administrative Code AND that this disability has a negative effect on the child making progress in what is being taught in the general education classroom. If the child is of preschool age, the disability would need to result in the child significantly falling behind in developmentally appropriate activities in areas like adaptive behavior, communication, motor, cognition and behavior.

Eligible children/students receive services that meet their individual needs. These services are outlined in an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that school staff and parents jointly develop.

There are many legal rules and regulations that determine what happens in special education. They are outlined in WAC 392-171A and are written in legal language. Further information may be obtained from the Special Services Department or the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Washougal School District is dedicated to meeting the needs of all children. The Special Education Department services children with disabilities ages 3 to 21. The district contracts with ESD 112 to provide services to children birth to 2-years old. Programs are developed on an individualized basis, determined by the individual needs of each child.

Special Education Teachers

  • General Special Education Teacher
  • Multi-Handicapped / Severely Disabled
  • Developmentally Delayed (Preschool)
  • Emotionally/Behaviorally Disabled
  • Life Skills

Speech / Language Pathologists

Physical Therapist

Occupational Therapist

School Psychologists

Instructional Assistants

Special Education Techs

Vision Specialist – through Washington School For the Blind

Registered Nurse – through Educational Service District 112

Title I, Part A provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.
Title 1 Schools:

• Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
• Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
• Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
• Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.

  • Smaller classes or special instructional spaces
  • Additional teachers and aides
  • Opportunities for professional development for school staff
  • Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
  • A variety of supplementary teaching methods
  • An individualized program for students
  • Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction

LAP is a state-funded program to serve students with the greatest deficits in academic basic skills as identified by statewide assessments. Basic skills include reading, writing, mathematics and readiness associated with those skills. Basic skills include reading, writing, mathematics and readiness associated with those skills

TBIP services are offered to students who are English Language Learners and who qualify per a State-mandated assessment. The main goal of the Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program is to develop English language proficiency while maintaining academics at grade level.

Section 504 refers to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is a civil rights law. Specifically, it address that any entity (i.e. school district) receiving federal funding must ensure that it does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 is not about student’s performance; it is about equal opportunity. Under the protection of section 504, the school district must ensure that a student has equal access to education, (i.e. that his/her disability does not keep him/her from being able to access education).

School nurses are a vital part of the Special Services Department. Nurses plan for individual health needs for students when those needs impact their education and their educational programs. Information on nurse services can be found under the Teaching and Learning Menu above.


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