Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly called “Section 504,” is a federal law that protects students from discrimination based on disability. This law applies to all programs and activities that receive funding from the federal government-including Washington public schools. Students with a disability may have a 504 plan that provides resources, accomodations, and other supports that help them be successful in our schools.
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
The Washougal School District has a MTSS team which designs, supports, and trains on a structure of supports that provide tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions for students. The design of these supports can take many forms, including behavioral, social, emotional, and instructional steps that ensure students have the opportunity for success.
Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)
The Washougal School District has a PBIS system in place, which focuses on achieving positive student behavior through thoughtful, systematic, and student focused behavior interventions that help students know and understand behavior expectations.
PBIS systems include clear and consistent behavior expectations across learning environments, re-teaching of these expectations when problems are encountered, and an emphasis on reinforcing positive behavior rather than punishing negative behaviors.