Special Programs

Dr. Rebecca von Duering, 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

Under this act, parents of children in schools that receive Title I dollars have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers including, at a minimum, the following:

  • Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher, any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  • Timely notice that the parents’ child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher of a core academic subject who is not highly qualified.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

As part of the “No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002” school districts are required to notify parents/guardians when schools, that their children attend, have been categorized in “school improvement” for not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years. AYP is the level of proficiency that schools must achieve on an annual basis. It is determined by criteria that include a benchmark of proficiency of all students in reading and math along with a required level of participation on WASL assessments, and required percentages of unexcused absences and graduation rates. Percentages are calculated across categories that include student ethnicity, special education, English Language Learners and socioeconomic status. Districts are required to inform you of options available when your child’s school does not make AYP.

Hathaway Elementary School and Jemtegaard Middle School are both identified as being in school improvement.

 As a result of not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) per No Child Left Behind, parents of students who attend either of these schools are provided with following mandated options: Public School Choice or Supplemental Educational Services.

NCLB requires that parents are given the option of transferring their child to another school within the district, or if applicable, in a surrounding districts, if your child’s school does not make sufficient progress in meeting NCLB requirements. In Washougal School District, there are no elementary or middle schools that have met AYP requirements. Additionally, after consulting with surrounding districts, there are no elementary or middle schools in the area that have met AYP requirements, or, if they have, that are allowing for transfers.



During the 2008-2009 school year, approximately 491 students were eligible for this option. One student utilized this school choice option.

During the 2009-2010 school year, approximately 472 students were eligible for this option. Six utilized this option.

During the 2014-2015 school year, approximately 889 students were eligible to transfer. No students transferred under this option.

SES refers to tutoring services provided outside of the regular school day to students at no expense to the parent. Only students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunch are eligible for this option. This extra help is provided to your child in reading, language arts, and/or math. The extra help can be provided before or after school, on weekends, during school vacation times, or during summer.

The district provided direct mailing to all parents of students enrolled at Hathaway Elementary and Jemtegaard Middle Schools on August 18, 2015 that outlined the availability of SES services and invited parents to an informational meeting on September. The information provided at these meetings, as well as flyers provided by SES providers, were also available at your child’s school. Information was also available at the district office.

SES providers are approved by the Title I department at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). You can locate the providers that have indicated they will offer SES services to students who attend Hathaway Elementary and Jemtegaard Middle Schools by using the following OSPI website.  This site breaks down the providers who are providing direct services within our community and by those who offer statewide services (web-based). All providers can be located by clicking the OSPI Approved Providers for the 2105-2016 School Year link under the heading Districts and SES Providers – Information and Resources near the top of this webpage: http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/SES.aspx

SES providers may direct flyers to the following address for distribution at the schools where SES services are offered:

Washougal School District
Special Services Department
4855 Evergreen Way
Washougal, WA 98671

If you want to request SES services during open enrollment windows (9/11 – 10/10/2015 & 10/26 – 11/12/2015), please complete the application form that was mailed to you and is also available at your child’s school and district office, and return to the school office at Hathaway or Jemtegaard.

 After the form requesting SES is returned to the school, a district employee will contact you. You will work with the district to identify a provider, set a date to start services for your child and to set-up a service schedule. Services are paid for your child by Title I dollars set aside by the district. Transportation may be required to the SES provider. This is the parent’s responsibility, as the district is not allowed to pay for this out of the Title I SES funds. The district will then enter into a contract with the provider on your child’s behalf.

The initial enrollment window for SES closed on October 10, 2015. The second enrollment window closed on November 12, 2015. Of the approximately 497 students eligible to receive SES services, 24 students enrolled.

Jemtegaard Middle School students were eligible for SES during the following years (total number eligible/number who received SES services):

2009-2010 School Year: 491/19
2010-2011 School Year: 472/38
2011-2012 School Year: 478/45
2014-2015 School Year: 513/18

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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