Special Education

Special Education Services provide specially-designed instruction and support for students having 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 (ages birth to 21) is delayed in any area and might 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 Anacortes School District to provide students with disabilities, who are in need of specially-designed instruction, with a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment in accordance with state and federal laws. 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.) In addition, at the discretion of the parent or the school district; 5) other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child may be part of the IEP team. Also, whenever appropriate, the child with a disability will be provided service as outlined in the individual education plan (IEP).

OSPI - Special Education
Special Olympics Washington 
Anacortes School Policy 2161
2161 Procedures

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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