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Special Education Department
Children with physical, emotional, academic, or intellectual disabilities may be eligible for special services through the district’s Special Education program. Assessments are done at the school level, and parents are involved in the assessment process and in determining placement into the program. For more information, please contact an administrator at your child’s school or the Special Services Office at 604-6700.
The Evergreen Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools within the Evergreen Public School’s attendance area.
Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages birth through five.
Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening may also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need.
For children ages birth through two years of age, please call Educational Services District 112 at 360-750-7500.
For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 360-604-6700
Special Education Services:
Special education in the Evergreen Public Schools is not a “place:” rather, it is a set of services provided for students with disabilities. The Evergreen Public Schools collaborates with families to serve the individual needs of children. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that helps guide school teams and families in the qualification of students and the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP). The Evergreen Public Schools provides a Continuum of Services to meet the needs of our diverse student population.
Procedural Safeguards: Parent and Student Rights
The Evergreen Public Schools provides parents a copy of the Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards:
- At least once every school year.
- When you or others, including the district, request that your student be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services. This process is called a referral.
- The first time you file a citizen complaint in a school year.
- The first time you request a due process hearing in a school year.
- When a decision is made to remove a student for more than ten school days in a year as part of a disciplinary action, and that removal constitutes a change of placement.
- Upon request.
Legal Assistance List for Special Education Due Process Disputes: The Office of Administrative Hearings maintains a list of attorneys, and agencies who have requested that they be included as a resource for parents. The list includes: 1) free or low cost legal service providers; 2) public (not for profit) organizations that assist parents but are not legal service providers; and, 3) attorneys who have experience and/or interest in special education law. This is the most recent list and is available for districts to provide parents upon request. It is also maintained on OSPI's website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/ProfPractices/pubdocs/LegalAssistanceSpecEd.pdf
Special Education Parent Events:
Meetings are from 6:30-8:00 PM
The meeting location is in the Tan Complex at the Administrative Service Complex located at 13501 NE 28th St.
October 16th 2019 - Behavior, Independence, and Self Determination
March 25th 2020 - Meet with representatives from various community agencies and gather information on available services and answer questions regarding support and resources available.
2019-20 - Wise Family Training Series:
Special Education Contacts: Phone: 360-604-6700
Executive Director Special Services and Federal Programs
Rebecca Gillis, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director Special Services
Coordinator Secondary Special Education Services
Coordinator Elementary Special Education Services
Coordinator 49th St. Academy
Amber.Lindly@evergreenps.org Phone: 360-604-6720
Coordinator Itinerant and Transition Special Education Services
Coordinator Early Childhood Special Education Services
Student Records Requests:
Rebecca Gillis Special Education Records
Rebecca.Gillis@evergreenps.org Fax: 360-604-6707